Presbyterian meets Radford in Big South quarters
Presbyterian (18-14, 10-7) vs. No. 2 seed Radford (20-10, 12-4)
Big South Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center, Buies Creek, North Carolina; Thursday, 12 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Presbyterian is set to match up against Radford in the quarterfinals of the Big South tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 12, when the Highlanders outshot Presbyterian 51.1 percent to 48.2 percent and made five more 3-pointers en route to a two-point victory.
STEPPING UP: Francois Lewis and Adam Flagler have led the Blue Hose. Lewis has averaged 14.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while Flagler has recorded 15.6 points per game. The Highlanders have been led by Carlik Jones and Ed Polite Jr.. Jones has averaged 15.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists while Polite has put up 13.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Jones has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Radford field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 23 field goals and 35 assists in those games.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Blue Hose have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Highlanders. Radford has an assist on 37 of 77 field goals (48.1 percent) over its previous three matchups while Presbyterian has assists on 43 of 87 field goals (49.4 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: Presbyterian as a team has made 10.9 3-pointers per game this season, which is seventh-most among Division I teams. The Blue Hose have averaged 12 3-pointers per game over their last three games.