All 10 teams are in action on Wednesday, the final week of regular season conference play. As of today, only two seeds in the SoCon tournament have been established, they are VMI for the number 10 seed and Western Carolina for the number 4 seed. Samford travels to Chattanooga looking to retain their hold on the number one spot (it's theirs to lose) while the two teams tied for second place, Furman and UNCG play at home, and both need a win to stay in contention for that number one seed, on the "Road to Asheville".
7:00 PM ESPN+ Western Carolina (16-13, 9-7 SoCon) at UNCG (19-10, 13-3 SoCon) Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
It's interesting to note that the Cats will be the No. 4 seed regardless of what happens in the next two games. That said, I sure as heck don't want to back into the tournament. I'm not counting on a road win at Greensboro, but I'd love to see it. And a loss on senior day to the cellar-dwelling VM1 would not bode well going into Asheville. A one-and-done on tournament Saturday is not much better than a one-and-done on tournament Friday.
Some things were settled Wednesday night, but lots still remain unsettled for the final seeds for the conference tournament. While Samford did earn at least a share of the regular season championship, the number one seed is still up for grabs between Samford, Furman, and UNCG. VMI picked up its second conference victory, this time in overtime, while Furman & UNCG got the job done to stay in the running for the number one seed.
Western Carolina 52 - UNCG 71 Tre Jackson scored a team-best 17 points and Tyzhaun Claude posted his 10th double-double of the season, but UNCG used a pair of big second half runs to defeat Western Carolina 71-52 in Southern Conference action on Wednesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. UNCG improves to 20-10 overall and 14-3 in league play while WCU falls to 16-14 and 9-8. Jackson's 17 points represent the 22nd time this season he finished in double figures and the 10th time that he's been WCU's leading scorer. Claude logged his 10th double-double of the year with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Vonterius Woolbright tallied nine points and dished out a game-high eight assists.
Samford 75 - Chattanooga 70 The Samford Men's Basketball Team clinched a share of the Southern Conference Regular-Season title on Wednesday with its 75-70 victory at Chattanooga on Wednesday evening. The victory marks the Bulldogs' seventh in a row and improves them to 21-9 overall and 15-2 in SoCon action. The win also matches the 1998-99 team for the most conference wins in a season in program history. Jermaine Marshall led the Bulldogs with a career-high 25 points, to go along with eight rebounds. Ques Glover also finished in double figures, tallying 10 points and five rebounds. Bubba Parham dished out a team-high five assists while also hauling in four rebounds and scoring six points.
The Citadel 70 - ETSU 78 Jordan King (Albany, N.Y.) loves seeing The Citadel Bulldogs. After netting a career-high 42 points against the Bulldogs back in January, King was one of five Buccaneers to score in double figures as he finished with a game-high 27 points to lead ETSU to a 78-70 win over The Citadel on Wednesday night inside Freedom Hall. ETSU secured its third series sweep of the season as the Bucs improved to 11-19 overall and 7-10 in conference play. The Citadel moved to 10-20, 5-12. With the win, the Bucs – who are now 3-0 at home in the month on February – set themselves up to be the No. 5 seed in next week’s Southern Conference Tournament. With a win over UNCG on Saturday, ETSU will secure the fifth seed. The Bucs led wire-to-wire and were ahead by as many as 17 points with 4:39 remaining, but the lead was cut to five with under a minute to play and ETSU held on for the conference victory.
Mercer 67 - Furman 70 Fifth-year senior Jalen Slawson poured in a season-high 27 points as Furman topped Mercer, 70-67, in the Paladins' home finale Wednesday night at Timmons Arena to join teammate Mike Bothwell and former Paladin Alex Hunter as the school's all-time wins leaders with 111 career victories. With its 17th consecutive victory over the Bears, Furman (23-7, 14-3 SoCon) set up a Saturday showdown at Samford for the Southern Conference regular season title and No. 1 seed in next week's SoCon Men's Basketball Championship. Saturday's contest is set for 2 p.m. EST and will air live on CBS Sports Network.
Wofford 83 - VMI 87 The VMI men's basketball team trailed by 10 points with 2:27 left to play Wednesday evening but mounted a furious comeback to rally for an 87-83 overtime victory over visiting Wofford College in Southern Conference action from Cameron Hall on Senior Night. Wofford led 67-57 after a 6-0 run to seemingly take control in the closing minutes. Tony Felder, Jr. nailed a three-pointer and Rickey Bradley, Jr. converted a layup after a steal to quickly cut the edge to five. The Terriers still led by five (71-66) with under a minute to play but Bradley made a layup and two free throws to make it a one-point game. Following two Wofford free throws, Tyler Houser drilled a three-pointer to tie it and the VMI defense got a late stop to force OT.
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