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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (1-2, 0-0 CAA) vs. MIAMI (2-1, 0-0 ACC)

Game #4

November 18, 2013 7:30 p.m. (ET)

TD Arena/John Kresse Court (5,100)

at Charleston, S.C.

 

Television: MyTV/CSS

Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)

Series History: Miami Leads 1-0

Last Meeting: Miami def. CofC, 56-52, on March 6, 1947 at neutral site (unknown)

Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com

Free Live Video: www.ustream.tv/channel/charleston-sports-network---cofcsports-com

Twitter: @CofCBasketball

 

THE COACHES

College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik

Second Year at CofC: 25-13 (.658)

Ninth Year Overall: 165-105 (.611)

Miami: Jim Larrañaga

Third Year at Miami: 51-21 (.708)

30th Year Overall: 521-355 (.595)

RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)

Play-By-Play: Everett German

Color Analyst: Danny Johnson

TELEVISION (MyTV/CSS)

Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher

Color Analysts: Nate Ross and John Kresse


GAME PREVIEW

The College of Charleston men’s basketball team will look to defend its home court against 2013 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Miami (Fla.) on Monday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at TD Arena. The game will be televised live locally on MyTV Charleston (WMMP-TV) and regionally on CSS. This will not be the first time the Cougars (1-2) have welcomed and played the defending regular-season champion out of the Atlantic Coast Conference on John Kresse Court. The Hurricanes (2-1) will be the second ACC champion to step foot in the building next to defending national champion North Carolina, who won the regular-season league title in 2009 and were upset 82-79 in overtime by the Cougars in January of 2010. The Miami series is a non-bracketed game that coincides with the upcoming DIRECTV Wooden Legacy tournament sponsored by ESPN. CofC will make a return trip the next two years to Coral Gables, Fla. The Cougars are looking to rebound from a 67-58 overtime loss to UNC Asheville where the squad shot a season-low 31.4 percent from the floor (22-of-70) on Nov. 15. The Hurricanes will be CofC’s third opponent in the course of seven short days and the second, in its first four games of the season, to hail from a major-power conference next to the opener at defending national champion Louisville on Nov. 9.

SCOUTING MIAMI

Just like College of Charleston, two of Miami’s first three games of the season have been decided in overtime or by one-point or less. The Hurricanes are coming off an overtime thriller against former Southern Conference foe Georgia Southern (81-80) on Nov. 11 and an 84-69 rout of Texas Southern, where six players scored in double figures, on Nov. 14. Seven letterwinners return from last year’s NCAA Sweet 16 squad including senior guard Rion Brown, who leads the team in rebounding (8.3) and assists (4.3) per game. CofC will be the Hurricanes’ first test on the road after going 2-1 at home to start the year off. Last season, Miami turned in a banner year with a 29-7 overall record and a No. 5 national ranking in last year’s final Associated Press poll. The second-seeded Hurricanes lost to third-seeded Marquette, who is also part of the eight-team field at the Wooden Legacy, in the third round of the NCAA Tournament (71-61).

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.

WATCH CSS

Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) can be viewed locally in the Charleston area on Channel 42 on Comcast Cable. Check your local listings in your area for regional CSS coverage.

PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS

#13 Joe Chealey, G, 6-3, 180, Fr. (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 30.7 min)

#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (4.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 31.7 min)

#24 Canyon Barry, G, 6-6, 195, RS-Fr. (18.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 31.0 min)

#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (10.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 35.0 min)

#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (9.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 26.0 min)

PROJECTED MIAMI STARTERS

#15 Rion Brown, G, 6-6, 211, Sr. (13.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 40.3 min)

#20 Manu Lecomte, G, 5-11, 159, Fr. (11.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 34.3 min)

#25 Garrius Adams, G, 6-6, 200, Sr. (12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 36.0 min)

#22 Donnavan Kirk, F, 6-9, 228, Sr. (16.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 0.3 apg, 33.7 min)

#23 Tonye Jekiri, C, 7-0, 235, So. (4.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.3 apg, 14.7 min)

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Redshirt freshman guard Canyon Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has followed in the footsteps of his father, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, who was an All-American at the University of Miami from 1962-65. The elder Barry is one of only two basketball players in school history to have his jersey retired at the U, while the younger Barry is making a name for himself as the current leading scorer for the Cougars averaging 18.0 points per game. Like his father, Canyon shoots his free throws underhanded and is 7-for-13 from the foul line this season (53.8%). His older half-brother Scooter, who played at Kansas from 1985-89, is the only other Barry son to have played against his father’s alma mater as the Jayhawks beat the Hurricanes at Allen Fieldhouse (82-47) on Jan. 17, 1987, but lost to Miami at home (87-86) on Jan. 12, 1989, during Scooter’s senior campaign. Half-brothers, Jon and Drew, never played UM during their time at Georgia Tech, nor did Brent at Oregon State.

SERIES HISTORY

The Cougars and Hurricanes last met each other during the 1946-47 season under former head coach Henry “Phebie” Anderson. In the final game of the season, CofC fell to Miami, 56-52 (-4), on March 6, 1987 at a neutral site (unknown). During that time and era, College of Charleston was led by first-team all-state forward Ernie Nelson, second team all-state center Seymour Barkowitz and honorable mention all-state forward and team captain Ritchie Seabrook. Nelson (Class of ’49) and Barkowitz (Class of ’47) are both members of the CofC Athletics Hall of Fame.

COUGARS AGAINST THE ACC

The Cougars are 8-28 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). Last year, CofC defeated Boston College, 71-67, in the seventh-place game of the ESPN Charleston Classic on Nov. 18, 2012 at TD Arena. The Cougars have a two-game win streak going against ACC competition including BC and at Clemson (W, 72-69 in 2011).

COUGAR SIDEBARS

Coach Wojcik has faced the University of Miami as a player and a coach. Wojcik scored a season-high 17 points (one point short of his career high) as the starting point guard for the U.S. Naval Academy in a 78-62 victory over the Hurricanes on Feb. 7, 1987 at Baltimore Arena – the same site in March where the Cougars will play in their first CAA Basketball Championship in Baltimore, Md. Wojcik, then a senior, was the Midshipmen’s floor general alongside 1987 National Player of the Year David Robinson.

As an assistant coach under head coach Matt Doherty at the University of North Carolina from 2001-03, Coach Wojcik and the Tar Heels opened up Miami’s new arena, BankUnited Center (formerly University of Miami Convocation Center, which resulted in a big overtime win for the Hurricanes (64-61) on Jan. 4, 2003, in Coral Gables, Fla.

Redshirt senior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) is the only Cougar on the active roster who has played against a Jim Larrañaga-coached team before. Hall, then a freshman, saw 10 minutes of action with four points, two rebounds and one blocked shot in an 85-83 road victory in a nationally-televised ESPN BracketBusters game at George Mason on Feb. 20, 2010, in Fairfax, Va.

UNC ASHEVILLE RECAP

UNC Asheville 67, CofC 58

For third time of the season, the Cougars used the starting lineup of freshman Joe Chealey, junior Anthony Stitt, redshirt freshman Canyon Barry, senior Willis Hall and junior Adjehi Baru (1-2).

In the loss, UNC Asheville now takes a two-game lead in the all-time series, 5-3.

Canyon Barry turned in his third-straight game in double figures and to lead CofC in scoring with a team-high17 points. He also went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe where he shoots them underhanded.

Adjehi Baru recorded his first double-double of the season and 10th of his career with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Cougars played in their first overtime game since a double-overtime road loss at Elon on Feb. 2, 2012.

Both squads shot exceptionally well from the free throw line as CofC made 90 percent (9-10) from the foul line and UNC Asheville 93.3 percent (14-15).

The Cougars made their fewest turnovers of the season (6) against the UNC Asheville defense.

COUGAR SOUND BITES

“We appreciate the opportunity and the fact they (Miami) are willing to play us here at home, because a lot of teams do not want to. It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to host the defending ACC champions on our home court and we are really looking forward to the game. Miami is very athletic and has several big wing players. Rion Brown and Donnavan Kirk are their two leading scorers and Garrius Adams is averaging 12 points a game. All three are seniors and 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-9 inches tall. Their posts are big and long and will present problems for us inside. In our last game, we actually held UNC Asheville to 54 points (Bulldogs averaged 62.0 ppg). We are looking to continue to defend teams the same way we have against Louisville, Charlotte and UNC Asheville.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on hosting an ACC opponent at home in Miami

“Unfortunately, we played some big minutes in our last two games against Charlotte and UNC Asheville. After each game, you get a feel for your team and you’re smart about what you do in preparation for the next one. You have to make sure your older guys are able to focus on the task at hand defensively and you have to shoot the ball better. That’s something we didn’t do a good job of on Friday night against Asheville.” – Coach Wojcik on what the team can improve on from the UNC Asheville loss as the Cougars get ready for Miami with another short two-day prep time

“After a loss, you have to move on and get ready for the next game. We go through each game with the same mindset. We always have great preparation for our opponent. We learn the personnel, set-up our game plan and go out and play our hardest. We thank the fans for coming out and supporting us against UNC Asheville. It was a great atmosphere and hope they can come out and help us defend our home court against Miami.” – Redshirt Freshman Guard Canyon Barry on how the team rebounds quickly after the UNC Asheville loss

“Every team is a team you want to play against. While it is unique to play against a team that is my father’s alma mater, I want to be able to go out there and help my team win – just like any other game. Miami is talented and has several players who can make big plays. They play great competition every night in the ACC. It’s definitely a great opportunity for our program to be able to host a team like Miami at home.” – Barry on playing against his father’s alma mater

“It’s big time to host the defending ACC champion on your home floor. They (Miami) run a great program and have a legendary coach. It’s a big deal like any other game is for us at TD Arena. That’s why our coaching staff puts together a good non-conference schedule. It’s all about preparation and the journey – to help us get better every single game before conference play. We just have to make sure we put the ball in the basket and pay attention to the details. Miami is big, strong and physical. We will have to outmatch them and defend them the same as we always do against any opponent on our schedule.” – Redshirt Senior Forward Willis Hall on hosting Miami at home and the challenge the Hurricanes present on the floor

“It’s a really big game for us. We all feel privileged to play a Sweet 16 team on our home floor. They (Miami) are a really good team and we will be prepared. They have a big back court and we will have to adjust to their size and length. It will be good competition and gets us ready for the CAA. We learned from our last two games that we have to play from the beginning to the end.” – Senior Small Forward Anthony Thomas on preparation for Miami after the UNC Asheville loss


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