UNC Greensboro (11-14, 4-6) at GSU (11-14, 4-6)
7 p.m., 106.5 FM, 107.3 FM
Wednesday, Hanner Fieldhouse
Southern Conference Basketball Standings
Team SoCon All
Davidson 10-1 14-11
Chattanooga 9-2 15-11
Wofford 8-3 14-10
Elon 7-3 14-11
Western Carolina 7-3 14-11
Samford 5-6 11-15
Georgia Southern 4-6 11-14
UNC Greensboro 4-6 11-14
Appalachian State 3-7 7-16
Furman 1-10 7-17
Citadel 0-11 4-22
UNC Greensboro at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m.
Davidson at The Citadel, ppd (Weather)
Elon at Furman, ppd (Weather)
Samford at Appalachian State, 7 p.m.
Western Carolina at Chattanooga, 7 p.m.
The script was flipped on Georgia Southern during its last road trip.
Looking at second-half leads on the road at Wofford and Elon, the Eagles very well could have come home with a 6-4 Southern Conference record and a four-game winning streak.
Instead, GSU (11-14, 4-6 SoCon) blew a 12-point lead at Wofford and saw a 30-foot heave by Elon’s Jack Isenbarger turn into a last-second 3-pointer and a 60-59 GSU loss.
Georgia Southern’s last win came on the road when the Eagles beat UNC Greensboro. The Spartans (11-14, 4-6) come to Statesboro for a 7 p.m., tipoff today at Hanner Fieldhouse with an identical record and a nearly-identical, two-game losing streak.
UNCG is led by freshman guard Tevin Saddler (12.7 points per game) and forwards Kyle Cain and Kayel Locke. Cain averages nearly a double-double each game scoring an average 15.7 points and pulling in 9.1 rebounds.
“They’ve got probably the SoCon Freshman of the Year in Tevon Saddler and those two big forwards are hard to defend,” GSU coach Mark Byington said about UNCG.
Cain scored 13 points against GSU and missed a last-second shot in the Eagles’ 64-62 win.
The SoCon is currently controlled by Davidson (14-11, 10-1) and Chattanooga (15-11, 9-2), but the Eagles are still in the mix for a top-5 finish in the conference which would lead to a first-round bye in to SoCon tournament.
As important as a first-round bye is, Byington tries to keep the Eagles focused on the task at hand.
“As coaches, we talk about the bye, and we give (the players) some of the information, but they do the research themselves and they know what’s going on,” Byington said.
There are six games remaining in the season and places three through eight in the SoCon are separated by only three games.
“It’s a long season,” Byington said. “Somebody’s going to get hot and play their way into the mix. We’re playing pretty good basketball right now and that’s a good thing, because we haven’t reached our potential yet.”
GSU plays host to Davidson on Saturday at 2 p.m., in Hanner Fieldhouse, and goes back on the road next Thursday to face Chattanooga at 7 p.m.
Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-9408.