Wofford Terriers vs. Georgia Southern Eagles - 3/9/14 Southern Conference Semifinal
Georgia Southern Eagles (15-18) at Wofford Terriers (18-12)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8:30 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)
The Line: Wofford Terriers -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Southern Eagles and Wofford Terriers will play Sunday for a spot in the Southern Conference Tournament final. These teams met twice earlier in the year, and the Terriers won both meetings by double digits.
The Eagles have made it this far with a win over Furman and Chattanooga. In their Saturday victory, the Eagles shot 32.9 percent, got double-digit points from three starters and only turned the ball over nine times. Taking care of the basketball will be key in this game considering Wofford has one of the best defenses in the country. The Eagles have not given up more than 55 points in this tournament and have forced a combined 31 turnovers in the first two matchups.
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The Terriers played their first tournament game on Saturday, and beat Citadel 68-51. In the win they shot 52.1 percent from the field, held the Bulldogs to just 38.6 percent shooting and only turned the ball over six times. This type of efficiency is the reason they’ve only lost two games since mid-January. The Terriers are ranked 31st in the country, allowing just 62.9 points per game on average. Junior guard Karl Cochran has scored 20 or more points in three of his last five games.
Although Wofford won the previous two meetings comfortably, Georgia Southern is no slouch and beat the number two seeded Chattanooga for a reason. The Eagles are taking care of the basketball, playing great defense and controlling the tempo of the game.
It’s no secret the Bulldogs are the better team and play that style better than any team in the conference, but give the Eagles some respect. They deserve to be in this spot and aren’t going to back down from a team they’re familiar with.
I’ll take the points in what should be a more competitive matchup than their past two.