BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men’s basketball caps off a two-game road swing when it takes on Southern Conference rival Samford at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Pete Hanna Center.
The Mountaineers (7-9, 3-2 SoCon) are coming off a 91-88 overtime loss to Chattanooga on Thursday while the Bulldogs (6-12, 4-1) took over first place on the SoCon North with a 64-60 win over Western Carolina.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
• Samford enters Saturday's contest on a three-game winning streak after downing WCU on Thursday. The Bulldogs have beaten three-straight SoCon foes as they also took down College of Charleston and The Citadel.
• Samford is 3-4 at home this season including a 2-1 mark against SoCon foes at the Hanna Center.
• The Bulldogs are led on offense by two players who average better than 14 points per game. Raijon Kelly leads Samford with 14.6 points per game while Tim Williams trails just behind him with 14.4 points per game.
• As a squad, Samford averages 60.4 points per game while allowing opponents to score 68.5 points per game.
• The Bulldogs have shot a respectable 42.7 percent from the floor this season, but have struggled on defense as opposing offenses have connected at a 46.2 percent clip.
• Samford has struggled from the free-throw line this season, shooting just 64.8 percent from the charity stripe.
• Kelley enters Saturday's showdown as one of the top long-range threats in the SoCon as he is shooting 46.1 percent from beyond the arc this season.
• Appalachian State and Samford are fairly new rivals, having played just eight games all-time against each other.
• The Mountaineers hold a 5-3 edge in the series, which began during the 2008-09 season.
• Samford swept Appalachian in the first regular-season series, but the Apps gained the upper hand with five wins a row from 2009-2012.
• The squads split the season series last season with each winning on the road.
• App State is 3-1 when faving the Bulldogs in Birmingham and has won three-straight games at the Hanna Center.
• The two squads have been almost evenly matched in the series as five of the eight games have been decided by less than 10 points.
• Samford’s biggest win came in the inaugural meeting when the Bulldogs grabbed a 68-56 victory at home.
• Appalachian’s largest margin of victory in the win was a 14-point triumph (82-68) during the 2009-10 season.
• The Apps return home to face Georgia Southern (Jan. 24) and Davidson (Jan. 26) before closing out the month at College of Charleston.
• App State opens up its February slate with a rematch against arch rival Western Carolina (Feb. 2).