The Citadel Bulldogs (6-17, 0-12 SoCon) head to Freedom Hall Civic Center to meet the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (21-4, 10-2 SoCon). The Bulldogs look to snap their 12-game losing streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.
Citadel Bulldogs at East Tennessee State Buccaneers Free Preview
The Bulldogs fell to the VMI Keydets in their last contest, 75-64. With 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, Tyson Batiste was Citadel’s high scorer. VMI held the Bulldogs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.1 (below their season average of 25.4). Citadel, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.308 (above their season average of 0.217).
In the Buccaneers’ previous game, they beat the Mercer Bears, 73-60. East Tennessee State was lifted by Daivien Williamson, who led the team in scoring with 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting. East Tennessee State played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.417 (above their season average of 0.244) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.552 (above their season average of 0.540). For those same stats, Mercer recorded marks of 0.268 and 0.402, respectively.
The productive offense of East Tennessee State (10th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 113.1) will clash against the bottom-tier defense of Citadel (267th in the NCAA with a defensive efficiency of 103.4). The Buccaneers should have the edge on that end of the court. Contrasting styles will be on display in this meeting. The aggressively-paced Bulldogs rank sixth in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Buccaneers rank 264th.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Buccaneers won 96-84. The Buccaneers played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 51.6 and an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.623. The Bulldogs had marks of 14.7 and 0.556, respectively, for those same stats. Jeromy Rodriguez put up a double-double in the victory with 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Citadel Bulldogs at East Tennessee State Buccaneers Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – East Tennessee State, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Under
The Buccaneers rank 15th in steals per game (8.9) while the Bulldogs rank 204th in steals allowed per game (8.1).
Citadel ranks 30th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while East Tennessee State ranks 64th (2.9).
East Tennessee State ranks 52nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.2) while Citadel ranks 283rd (27.8).
The Buccaneers rank 37th in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while the Bulldogs rank 249th (38.1).
East Tennessee State ranks 25th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while Citadel ranks 224th (14.5).
The Buccaneers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, down from 13.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 62.6 points per game (14.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 79.2 points per game (0.5 below their season average).