COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (10-4, 2-0 SoCon) vs. SAMFORD (3-12, 1-1 SoCon)
January 10, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. (ET)
TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100)
at Charleston, S.C.
Television: MyTV Charleston/ESPN3
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: CofC Leads 12-0
Last Meeting: CofC def. Samford, 68-52, on Jan. 30, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala.
Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
First Year at CofC: 10-4 (.714)
Eighth Year Overall: 150-96 (.610)
Samford: Bennie Seltzer
First Year at Samford: 3-12 (.200)
First Year Overall: 3-12 (.200)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Everett German
Color Analyst: Danny Johnson
TELEVISION (MyTV Charleston/ESPN3)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: John Kresse
Riding a season-best five-game winning streak, the College of Charleston men's basketball team (10-4, 2-0 SoCon) will have a quick turnaround as it enters a tough three-game stretch beginning with Samford (3-12, 1-1 SoCon) on Thursday, Jan. 10 at TD Arena. Tipoff between the Cougars and Bulldogs is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised locally on MyTV Charleston and carried nationally on ESPN3 via WatchESPN.com. CofC will also play Chattanooga on Jan. 12 and crosstown rival The Citadel on Jan. 14 - all within the course of five short days. The Cougars currently rank No. 15 nationally and tops in the Southern Conference in three-point field-goal percentage defense (27.8%) and No. 23 nationally in three-point field-goal percentage (39.1%) as of Jan. 6. They are also coming off a close four-point win over Furman (60-56) to remain unbeaten in league play and are the only SoCon school to have reached 10 wins already this season.
A GLIMPSE AT SAMFORD
Samford looks to shake off a two-game losing skid after a 74-70 loss against Chattanooga on Jan. 5. The Bulldogs have played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the league after facing the likes of No. 2 Louisville (L, 54-80) on Nov. 15, No. 16 Memphis (L, 54-65) on Nov. 17, No. 19 Kentucky (L, 56-88) and Wisconsin (L, 51-87) on Dec. 29 - all with one of the youngest teams in the SoCon with only four upperclassmen on their roster. First-year head coach Bennie Seltzer took over the reins of the Samford program on April 5, 2012, after serving as a key assistant at Indiana, Marquette and Oklahoma. His squad is paced by 2012 SoCon All-Freshman Team standout Raijon Kelly, who is averaging a team-leading 14.9 points per game.
WATCH MYTV CHARLESTON
Local affiliate MyTV Charleston can be viewed locally over the air on Channel 36.1, on Channel 36 for DirecTV, Dish Network and AT&T U-verse subscribers as well as Channel 13 for Comcast, Knology and Time Warner cable subscribers in the Charleston, South Carolina, television market. MyTV Charleston also reaches as far as the Orangeburg, Walterboro and Georgetown areas.
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PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (11.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 33.3 min)
#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (13.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 30.3 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 29.0 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (7.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 24.2 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (9.2 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 33.3 min)
PROJECTED SAMFORD STARTERS
#10 Connor Miller, G, 6-3, 175, So. (7.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 33.3 min)
#11 Raijon Kelly, G, 6-4, 170, So. (14.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 36.5 min)
#24 Will Cook, G, 6-4, 185, Jr. (2.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 16.3 min)
#14 Clide Geffrard, Jr., F, 6-5, 215, Fr. (8.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 25.9 min)
#32 Tim Williams, F, 6-8, 210, Fr. (14.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.6 apg, 35.3 min)
The Cougars are an undefeated 12-0 in the all-time series with old Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) rival Samford. CofC is 5-0 since the Bulldogs joined the SoCon in 2008-09. The Cougars have won the last four-straight meetings with the Bulldogs by double figures including a 16-point victory on the road (68-52) on Jan. 30, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala.
LAST FIVE GAMES IN THE SERIES
W, 68-52 on 1/30/12 in Birmingham, Ala. (+16)
W, 75-49 on 2/21/11 in Charleston, S.C. (+26)
W, 75-54 on 2/6/10 in Charleston, S.C. (+21)
W, 78-67 on 1/14/10 in Birmingham, Ala. (+11)
W, 81-74 on 1/12/09 in Charleston, S.C. (+7)
START IT UP RIGHT
The Cougars are currently off to a 10-4 start for the second consecutive year after their first 14 games of the season. A year ago, CofC boasted a season-best six-game win streak prior to the month of January and went 9-1 to start the 2011-12 campaign which tied as the fourth-best start in program history, since becoming an NCAA Division I member in 1991-92.
• Coach Wojcik has never faced Samford in his eight years as a Division I head coach. Prior to taking over the helm of the CofC program, Wojcik had only faced a team from the Southern Conference once - a home loss by Tulsa to Appalachian State (0-1) in 2010-11. He is currently 2-0 in league play with a 56-54 win at Elon in the team's SoCon opener on Dec. 1 and a 60-56 decision over Furman on Jan. 5.
• Coach Wojcik and Samford Head Coach Bennie Seltzer are the only first-year head coaches in the SoCon with the exception of UNCG Head Coach Wes Miller, who served as interim in 2011-12.
• CofC is currently rated No. 89 in the latest NCAA Division I Men's Basketball RPI Report released on Jan. 7. The Cougars are the highest-rated team out of the Southern Conference ahead of Davidson (No. 98) and Elon (No. 111).
CofC 60, Furman 56
• For the 10th time this season, the Cougars used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (9-1).
• With the win, CofC is now two games away from leveling the all-time series with Furman. The Paladins still lead 41-39. It was both teams' 80th all-time meeting on the hardwood.
• First-year CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik also picked up his 150th career victory against Furman.
• Anthony Stitt recorded his fourth consecutive game in double figures with a team-high 14 points in a career-high 39 minutes of action. Last year, he made his first career start at Furman.
• Andrew Lawrence turned in his third-straight contest in double figures with 13 points, 10 of which he scored in the second half.
• CofC shot 34.6 percent (18-of-52) from the floor which marked its second-lowest field-goal percentage of the season.
•Anthony Thomas scored in double figures for the fifth time of his career (10 points) with the Cougars.
•Willis Hall led the Cougars in the rebounding column for the fourth-straight game with a game-high 11 boards. He has now brought down double-digit boards in back-to-back games including 10 at Marist on Dec. 31.
•The Cougars outrebounded their opponents for the 11th time this year, 40-38 (+2).
• The CofC defense forced Furman into an opponent season-high 16 turnovers in the ballgame which the Cougars converted into just eight points.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"We are fairly organized, but as a first-year coaching staff, we are still learning the league, the personnel and venues. I know The Citadel, because my sons have gone to basketball camps there. It is a lot of games in a short period of time. We have done it a lot this year to a certain extent. That's what the exempt tournaments do for you, it helps you prepare fairly quickly." - CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on getting ready for three Southern Conference games in five short days
"It's always nice to win and not play well. Give Furman credit and their due, but we threw it around the gym too much. Here we are, coming off two games where we really took care of the ball on the road (at Vermont and Marist). Anybody can win at any time. As for Samford, I'm all for coaches and I'll say this about their current situation. They played at Louisville, at Memphis, at Kentucky and at Wisconsin - and Wisconsin might be the toughest of all four of them. I don't think that it is fair to their coaches or players (to comment on their current situation)." - Coach Wojcik on getting the win against Furman despite 17 turnovers and playing a 3-12 Samford squad on Thursday
"The Furman game was a wake-up call for us. We know we have to come out and play hard every night. We know we will get everyone's best shot, since we are one of the best teams in the league right now. Regardless of what each opponent's record is, we feel like they will hit shots they don't normally hit, because of the adrenaline rush of playing the College of Charleston (on our home court). We know we can't sleep on anyone in this league." - Junior Small Forward Anthony Thomas on getting past Furman despite the team's turnovers and hosting Samford and Chattanooga this week
"I didn't travel to Samford or Chattanooga last year due to my (hand) injury. But, I know Samford is a totally different team than they were last year. They have a new coach and two key players, who are young and experienced in (sophomore) Raijon Kelly and (freshman) Tim Williams. Our game plan will be centered around them. As long as we play defense like we have been over the last couple of games, our offense will come." - Sophomore Guard Anthony Stitt on defending Samford's personnel and learning from the team's mistakes in the Furman game