Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Scanning the SoCon Week #10

Scanning the SoCon - Week #10

Power Rankings
1. Western Carolina
2. Davidson
3. Elon
4. Ga Southern
6. UTC
7. Wofford
8. Furman
9. Samford
10. Citadel
11. App State

Player of the Week
Trey Sumler

Game of the Week
WCU @ Ga Southern

Sum up your team
The life of following a very young team. The last time I wrote for this segment, UNCG had just finished up it's worst week of the season. As I write this week, UNCG has just finished one of it's more successful portions of the year. During this stretch, the Spartans Completely whipped James Madison and taken NC State and Wake Forest down to the last minute before falling to them. UNCG also defeated just it's second ACC team ever by erasing an 11 point second half deficit to stun Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, UNCG did not look very good in its most recent game at Western Carolina. The Spartans drifted back into some old, bad trends with 23 turnovers. The team has a young back court and I guess it's not surprising to see that number a of turnovers against an experienced team on the road.

How much difference do you think Jay Canty will make in coming back to Appalachian State? Why?
That team has been downright bad in the first 2 months of the season and Canty is an all-conference caliber player. So, I think it's safe to say that he should make a huge difference for that team. The question is more how long will it take Canty to get up to speed and for the team to adjust playing with him.

Which player do you think is the most underrated player in the SoCon? Why?
I think this panel does a very good job of noticing all of the good players in this league. So, it's awful hard to say someone gets overlooked. But with all of the attention that's been paid to who isn't playing for App State, I think Tevin Baskin has been overlooked. He's put up dome very solid stats with 11.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and almost a block a game.

What is the top rivalry in the SoCon right now? Why?
I think the Davidson-Elon rivalry is the most interesting right now. It ahs a lot to do with the Matheny-Davidson connection and the fact they play very similar styles. I'll be interested to see if Citadel-VMI can grow a good rivalry starting next season with the conference shuffling.