BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian Stat University men's basketball concludes a short, two-game homestand when it plays host to Southern Conference leader Davidson at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (8-10, 4-3 SoCon) are coming off a thrilling overtime win against Georgia Southern while the Wildcats (12-7, 7-1) took out Western Carolina on Thursday night.
Appalachian is currently riding a five-game home winning streak, its best stretch at home since the 2009-10 squad won six in a row at the Holmes Center.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Davidson enters Saturday's contest as the top team in the Southern Conference with a league-best 7-1 record in SoCon play.
• The Wildcats have won three-straight games after suffering their only conference loss of the season to Georgia Southern on Jan. 14.
• Davidson is 4-4 on the road this season, but is 3-1 in SoCon road games. The Wildcats have defeated Chattanooga, Furman and Western Carolina on the road.
• The Wildcats posted several impressive non-conference wins early in the year, including back-to-back wins over Vanderbilt and West Virginia at the Old Spice Classic.
• Davidson is led on offense by De'Mon Brooks, who averages 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The SoCon Preseason Player of the Year, Brooks ranks fourth in the league in free-throw percentage (84.7 percent) and offensive rebounds (2.6 rpg), 10th in rebounds and 15th in scoring.
• As a squad, the Wildcats rank third in the SoCon in scoring (71.8 ppg) and fifth in scoring defense (65.8 ppg).
• Davidson is the top free-throw shooting team in the nation with a free-throw percentage of 79.8 percent and boasts four players who shoot better than 81.0 percent at the line, including Nik Cochran, who ranks second nationally (95.8 percent).
• Cochran is one of three players averaging better than 10 points per game for the Wildcats. He averages 10.3 points per game while teammate Jake Cohen has been a top contributor at 13.2 points per game.
• Not only is Cochran the top free-throw shooter in the league, but also boasts a league-best 45.2 percent from beyond the arc and has dished out 63 assists, the eighth best mark in the league.
• Appalachian State and Davidson have met 70 times on the hardwood with the Wildcats holding a 38-32 edge in the all-time series.
• Davidson picked up an 83-79 win when the teams last met on Jan. 14, 2012.
• The Mountaineers are 18-17 all-time when taking on the Wildcats in Boone but are just 2-8 against Davidson in the last 10 meetings in the High Country.
• Appalachian's longest winning streak in the series was seven games from 1975-79 while Davidson posted its best stretch with six-straight wins against the Mountaineers. The Wildcats picked up a win during the 1945-56 campaign and then won five in a row from 1971-75.
• The Mountaineers logged their biggest win in the series on Jan. 22, 1990 with an 88-60 win at home while Davidson's largest margin of victory was a 102-69 win on Dec. 3, 2005.
• In last year's matchup former Mountaineers (10), (17) and (14) teamed up with Jamaal Trice (15) to give the Apps four players in double figures.
• The Apps held a 70-69 lead with just 4:48 left to play, but the Wildcats reeled off a 10-0 run to take control behind a game-high 21 points from Jake Cohen. De'Mon Brooks finished with 19 points for Davidson, which shot an impressive 52.5 percent (31-of-59) from the floor.
• The Mountaineers close out the month at College of Charleston (Jan. 30) before returning home to face Western Carolina (Feb. 2).
• App State then makes trips to Georgia Southern (Feb. 7) and Davidson (Feb. 9) before coming back to the High Country against Furman (Feb. 11).