Cougars To Close Out Charleston Classic With Boston College
ESPN Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant
November 18, 2012 • Noon (ET)
TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100)
at Charleston, S.C.
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting: None
Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 1-2 (.333)
Eighth Year Overall: 141-94 (.600)
Boston College: Steve Donahue
Third Year at BC: 31-37 (.456)
13th Year Overall: 177-175 (.503)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
Play-By-Play: Rich Hollenberg
Color Analyst: Tim Welsh
The College of Charleston men's basketball team will look to close out the home-hosted 2012 ESPN Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant on a high note in a first-ever meeting with Boston College out of the ACC on Sunday, Nov. 18 at TD Arena. Tipoff between the Cougars and Eagles in the seventh-place game is set for noon (ET) and will be carried live on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com. Both teams are searching for their first win in the tournament as CofC lost back-to-back games to St. John's (64-53) on Nov. 15 and Auburn (55-51) on Nov. 16. Like the rest of the field, the Cougars will have to dig within to find the fuel to get through playing three games in a short four-day stretch. CofC and BC will be in a unique situation following the tournament as both will play non-bracket games this coming week - the Cougars at preseason No. 16-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24 in Waco, Texas, and the Eagles versus Auburn on Nov. 21 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Aside from St. John's, Boston College boasts one of the youngest teams of the eight-team tournament field with 11 underclassmen on its 14-man roster under third-year head coach Steve Donahue. The Eagles opened up their season with an 84-70 victory over FIU on Nov. 11, but dropped their first two Charleston Classic games to Baylor (84-74) and Dayton (87-71). They currently rank No. 86 nationally in field-goal percentage (47.0) and No. 93 in scoring offense (76.3). BC is led by sophomore forward Ryan Anderson, who is averaging a double-double on the year with 22.7 points and 10.3 points per game.
EARLY LOOK AT THE RPI
Only three games into the season, the Cougars already rank among the top 100 teams in the nation as far as strength of schedule goes in the RPI indexes. They are currently rated No. 95 in strength of schedule and No. 162 overall of the 347 Division I schools. CofC has not played three-straight major-conference schools in a row since playing Arizona State (then Pac-10), No. 21 Stanford (then Pac-10) and No. 8 Kentucky (SEC) in the Great Alaska Shootout during the beginning of its 1996-97 campaign under legendary head coach John Kresse. The only other time they faced three in a row was against South Carolina (SEC), Penn State (Big Ten) and Alabama (SEC) in 1993-94. The Cougars have never faced four consecutive BCS schools, since becoming a Division I member in 1991-92.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 33.0 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 27.5 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 31.3 min)
#44 Trent Wiedeman, F, 6-8, 255, Jr. (11.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.7 apg, 28.3 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (5.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 28.0 min)
PROJECTED BOSTON COLLEGE STARTERS
#21 Olivier Hanlan, G, 6-4, 188, Fr. (11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 33.0 min)
#25 Joe Rahon, G, 6-2, 195, Fr. (8.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 35.7 min)
#20 Lonnie Jackson, G, 6-3, 173, So. (4.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 26.3 min)
#12 Ryan Anderson, F, 6-8, 220, So. (22.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 34.3 min)
#24 Dennis Clifford, C, 7-0, 250, So. (7.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 21.0 min)
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
After the Charleston Classic, CofC will play its next three contests on the road to close out the month of November. The Cougars will travel to 2012 NCAA Elite Eight participant Baylor on Nov. 24 in Waco, Texas, 2012 Big South Conference runner-up Charleston Southern for an intercity rivalry rematch on Nov. 28 at the Buc Dome, the smallest arena in NCAA Division I, in North Charleston, S.C., and Elon for their Southern Conference opener on Dec. 1 in Elon, N.C.
AGAINST THE ACC
The Cougars are 7-28 all-time against opponents hailing from the Atlantic Coast Conference including memorable marquee wins over Clemson (2011), North Carolina (2010), Maryland (1997) and Georgia Tech (1993). Of the 12 ACC schools, CofC has never faced BC or Duke, but all others in Clemson (2-9), Florida State (0-3), Georgia Tech (1-5), Maryland (1-1), Miami (0-1), UNC (3-4), NC State (0-1), Virginia (0-1), Virginia Tech (0-1) and Wake Forest (0-2).
• Coach Wojcik is 0-1 versus ACC schools in his eight years as a Division I head coach. While the head coach at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane lost at No. 5-ranked Duke (70-52) in a mid-season non-conference game on Feb. 25, 2010 in Durham, N.C.
• Wojcik previously was an assistant coach in the ACC under former head coach Matt Doherty at North Carolina from 2000-03.
• Ironically, this is Wojcik's second appearance in the tournament in back-to-back seasons after the Golden Hurricane posted a 1-2 record against Western Kentucky (W, 65-49), Northwestern (L, 69-65) and Saint Joseph's (L, 79-75) in the 2011 Charleston Classic. He is the only head coach to lead two different teams in tournament history.
Auburn 55, CofC 51
• For the second-straight game, the Cougars used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, sophomore Adjehi Baru and junior Trent Wiedeman.
• St. John's takes a 1-0 lead in the all-time series in the first-ever meeting between the alma mater of legendary CofC head coach John Kresse and the school he spent 23 years with.
• The Cougars donned all-black uniforms for the first time in program history (0-1).
• Junior Nori Johnson came off the bench and registered a team-high 11 points which marked the third time of his career to lead the team in scoring.
• Trent Wiedeman turned in his second-straight game in double figures with 10 points.
• Anthony Thomas led the Cougars in the rebounding column with a career-high 11 boards.
• CofC won the battle of the boards with the Red Storm, 38-35, and has now outrebounded back-to-back opponents in Towson (+2) and St. John's (+3).
• Freshman Theo Johnson continues to impress tying a career-high with two blocked shots against the Red Storm. He has totaled four in the last two games of his young career.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"They are an improved team and are 0-2 in the tournament like us. Coach (Steve) Donahue has done a great job of building the program at Boston College from what he inherited to where they are now. They have a lot of good, young, strong kids. They remind me of and are built like a Big Ten team - very physical and very strong. They run a good offense and hard cuts. It's my first time to play Boston College as a head coach or as an assistant coach and they will be a big challenge for us tomorrow." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on playing Boston College in a first-ever meeting between the two programs
"We just need to get better. We just couldn't hit shots at the end (against Auburn). We had set-up plays and they were trying to switch every screen, so it was tough for us to get open and run plays like that. It's frustrating for sure, but we need to keep our heads up and keep playing with confidence. That's what our coaches keep telling us, 'keep playing with confidence and shots will fall soon enough.'" - CofC Senior Forward Matt Sundberg on mistakes against Auburn and moving on to the next game against Boston College