Eagles face winless Citadel tonight

Colin Ritsick

Georgia Southern University will look to end its three-game losing streak and improve its Southern Conference record to 3-4 tonight when they face off against The Citadel at home.

While losing three straight is not good for any team, that number looks great compared to where the Bulldogs (4-18, 0-7 SoCon) stand.

The Citadel has dropped 10 straight and 16 of their last 18. During the last 10 games, the Bulldogs are losing by an average of 11.3 points per game and scoring only 65 per game.

The Eagles (9-12, 2-4 SoCon) can still turn their conference record around even though they are coming off of two of the worst losses of the year. A 74-64 loss to Wofford College last Thursday that was worse than the box score would have you believe followed by a 30-point drubbing at the hands of Davidson College has the Eagles offense looking for any spark it can find.

GSU put up a measly 52 points against Davidson, 20 points less than what it averages per game.

But if there is any opponent that can get the Eagles back in a rhythm and give them a boost of confidence – it is The Citadel. The Bulldogs have the second-worst scoring defense in the league and are a bottom-tier rebounding team.

The SoCon’s leading scorer, junior guard Jelani Hewitt, will be that spark the Eagles desperately needs right now. Hewitt is averaging 20.2 points per game and will have no problem slicing through the Bulldogs porous defense.

The only part of The Citadel’s game that may give GSU trouble is their perimeter defense. The Bulldogs do guard the three-ball well and have all year. Citadel’s opponents are only shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc. And seeing how the Eagles have made a habit out of living and dying by the three – this does have the potential to be a game breaker.

Regardless, there is a reason they haven’t won a game in the conference all year.

The Eagles, unless something crazy happens, will end their losing streak tonight and improve to 10-12 on the season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.