The Citadel's basketball season is only six games old, but the Bulldogs already are preparing for their second contest against a Southern Conference South Division rival.
So is Wofford, and Terriers coach Mike Young is wondering why.
"It's bad that we have to play a division opponent in December," he said after the Terriers' 72-69 loss to South Division rival Davidson on Thursday. "I can't figure that out for the life of me. It makes no sense."
It's the luck of the SoCon draw.
While The Citadel (2-4, 0-1) plays at Wofford (3-4, 0-1) today in a second straight South Division game for both teams, College of Charleston (6-1, 1-0) plays host to struggling North Division favorite Chattanooga (2-5, 0-1) at TD Arena.
In the Big South, Charleston Southern (4-2, 1-0) is home to VMI (3-3, 0-1).
The Citadel opened SoCon play with an 83-64 loss at College of Charleston on Thursday. While 6-8 junior Mike Groselle leads the SoCon in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (12.5 rpg), and the Bulldogs pace the SoCon with 77.7 points per game, the Bulldogs are struggling to slow down opponents.
The Cougars shot 51.4 percent in the second half of their win over The Citadel, and the Bulldogs rank 11th in the league in scoring defense (75.8 ppg) and ninth in field-goal defense (45.7 percent).
Wofford, which lost four starters from last year's SoCon champion team, pushed Davidson on Thursday and also owns a road win at Bradley. Drew Crowell, a 6-9 senior from West Ashley High School, is starting for the first time and averaging 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. He scored a team-high 17 points against Davidson.
--At TD Arena today, College of Charleston faces a Chattanooga team that's been an early disappointment. The Mocs were picked to top the North Division, but have only one Division I win (over Savannah State) and dropped their SoCon opener, 84-76, at Georgia Southern on Thursday.
"You have to take the good with the bad, and right now we're taking the bad with the bad," Mocs coach John Shulman said after GSU hit 11 of 23 from 3-point range against his team. "It's not a great way to start. We didn't do enough right things once again."
--Charleston Southern won its Big South opener, 83-73, over Radford on Thursday with good second-half defensive effort. The Bucs will need more good defense against VMI, averaging 84.2 points to lead the Big South. The Keydets have D-I wins over The Citadel and Maryland- Baltimore County, and have lost to Air Force, Ohio State and Coastal Carolina.