Citadel vs. Western Carolina: Full Game Preview

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Citadel vs. Western Carolina: Full Game Preview
Citadel
(8-21, 3-12 away)
Western Carolina
(13-18, 8-6 home)
Venue: Asheville Civic Center
8:30PM ET / 5:30PM PT, March 08, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Citadel M Groselle 15.7 M Groselle 7.7 M Harris III 5.1
Western Carolina T Sumler 17.9 T King 6.2 T Sumler 3.6

Citadel squares off against Western Carolina in the first round of the SoCon Tournament at Asheville Civic Center on Friday. Tipoff occurs at 8:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN3.com. The Bulldogs fell to the Catamounts 72-55 on Jan. 5 and are 5-3 against them over the last four years.

The Bulldogs fell 69-62 to Wofford on Mar. 2. Mike Groselle finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss. The do-it-all performer chips in a team-leading 15.7 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game, and 1.3 steals per game. For the Catamounts, Preston Ross finished with nine points and six rebounds in the 56-54 win over Samford on Mar. 2. He contributes 4.1 rebounds per game in addition to his 6.5 points per game.

Western Carolina StatSmack

  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Citadel currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (973 to 959) than Western Carolina, per the NCAA.
  • Citadel is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Citadel is 76.9 inches compared to 75.4 inches for Western Carolina.
  • The Citadel rebounding leader (Mike Groselle, 222 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Western Carolina rebounding leader (Tawaski King, 192 rebounds).
  • The Citadel assist leader (Marshall Harris III, 149 assists) has more assists than the Western Carolina assist leader (Trey Sumler, 109 assists).
  • Citadel has come back to win after being down at half against Western Carolina six times since 1997.
  • Citadel is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Citadel is 204 lbs compared to 191 lbs for Western Carolina.
  • Citadel is better under pressure, and has defeated Western Carolina in four out of the last four games decided by five points or fewer.
  • Matt Van Scyoc is ranked 9th in SoCon in three-pointers.
  • Citadel has an average margin of victory of 8 over Western Carolina in 31 wins since 1980.
  • Marshall Harris III is ranked 1st in SoCon in assists.
  • Mike Groselle is ranked 5th in SoCon in points, 5th in SoCon in rebounds, and 10th in SoCon in steals.
CIT Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Mike Groselle 32 16 8 2 1 1 2
C- P.J. Horgan 32 11 6 1 1 0 2
D+ Matt Van Scyoc 31 11 3 1 1 1 2
D+ M. Harris III 30 6 2 5 1 0 2
D C.J. Bray 19 5 2 1 0 0 1
D R. Robinson 20 4 2 2 1 0 2
D Ashton Moore 21 6 1 2 1 0 1
D- Lawrence Miller 16 6 1 2 1 0 2
D- Dylen Setzekorn 10 4 1 0 0 0 1
D- Stephen Elmore 14 3 4 1 0 0 1
F Janeil Jenkins 9 3 1 1 0 0 1
F Q. Marshall 11 3 1 1 0 0 1
F Michael Hundley 7 1 1 0 0 1 0
WCU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Trey Sumler 0 18 4 4 2 0 4
C Tawaski King 32 11 6 1 1 1 2
C Brandon Boggs 27 11 4 1 1 1 2
C- Tom Tankelewicz 27 10 3 1 1 0 1
C- James Sinclair 29 7 4 2 1 0 1
D+ Preston Ross 17 6 4 1 1 0 1
D Mike Brown 16 4 3 1 1 0 1
D- Josh Mendenhall 8 2 1 0 0 0 1
F T. Brummitt 5 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Kenny Hall 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Rhett Harrelson 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
F B. Littlejohn 7 4 1 1 1 0 1
F Justin Browning 4 1 1 0 1 0 1
F Ethan Freeman 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
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