Cougars Ring In The New Year at Davidson
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (6-7, 0-0 CAA) vs. DAVIDSON (4-9, 0-0 SoCon)
January 1, 2014 • 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Belk Arena (5,223)
at Davidson, N.C.
Television: MyTV Charleston/CSS
Radio: College of Charleston Radio Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: Davidson Leads 53-14
Last Meeting: Davidson def. CofC, 74-55, on March 11, 2013 at SoCon Tournament in Asheville, N.C.
Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.DavidsonWildcats.com
Pay-Per-View Live Video: $5.95 via Davidson All-Access at www.davidsonwildcats.com/showcase/
College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik
Second Year at CofC: 30-18 (.625)
Ninth Year Overall: 170-110 (.607)
Davidson: Bob McKillop
25th Year at Davidson: 456-288 (.613)
25th Year Overall: 456-288 (.613)
RADIO (College of Charleston Radio Network)
Play-By-Play: Everett German
Color Analyst: Danny Johnson
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analysts: Nate Ross and John Kresse
The College of Charleston men’s basketball team (6-7) will ring in the New Year with its second-consecutive road tilt against a former Southern Conference rival at Davidson (4-9) on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. (ET) at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. The game will be televised live locally on MyTV Charleston and regionally on CSS. The Cougars enter the New Year’s Day contest fresh off a 72-48 rout of crosstown rival The Citadel on Dec. 29, while the Wildcats are looking to put a tough 2-4 December stretch behind them. Like the 91-game all-time series with The Citadel, CofC has not faced Davidson in non-conference play for quite some time. For the series with the Bulldogs, it was just 16 years (1997), but it will be the first in 56 years versus Davidson (L, 94-50 in 1957). The 68th installment of the series will pit one of the nation’s top defenses against an opposing squad averaging 75.4 points per game. CofC currently ranks No. 29 nationally in scoring defense holding opponents to 62.8 ppg which leads the Colonial Athletic Association. The Cougars are also outrebounding opponents by a 4.8 rebound margin which is 66th best in the country. They are led by Charlotte native and reigning CAA Player of the Week selection Willis Hall (10.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg), who is one of two seniors on the team to have played against Davidson all four years – the other being reserve Nori Johnson, who turned in a season-high 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range at The Citadel. The Wildcats have always been a tough challenge on the road as CofC has only won three games in 31 tries – its last, a 77-75 thriller in 2009.
THE BOOK ON DAVIDSON
Like CofC, Davidson has played a difficult non-conference schedule including five contests against top-25 ranked competition with the likes of Duke, Virginia and New Mexico to start the season. The Wildcats are looking to rebound from a recent 81-70 setback at 2013 NCAA national semifinalist and No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 29 as well as an overtime loss to No. 14 North Carolina (97-85) on Dec. 21. They have played the majority of their pre-SoCon slate on the road and are 1-2 at home this season. Davidson will become a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference next year and look to defend its title in its final year in the SoCon in 2014.
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.
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.
INSIDE THE OLD RIVALRY SERIES
Davidson holds a 53-14 advantage in the all-time series with College of Charleston. The Wildcats have won the last three games in a row including a 74-55 win in the SoCon championship game last March in Asheville, N.C. Only three of CofC’s 14 victories in the 67-game series dating back to 1927 have been won on the road. The Cougars last rallied back from a 14-point deficit in the second half of play in a 77-75 victory over the Stephen Curry-led Wildcats on Feb. 7, 2009 at Belk Arena.
LAST 10 GAMES IN THE SERIES
L, 55-74^ in Asheville, N.C. on 3/11/13
L, 59-75 in Charleston, S.C. on 2/14/13
L, 68-77 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/14/13
W, 86-78 in Charleston, S.C. on 2/11/12
L, 69-87 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/19/12
L, 64-75 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/29/11
W, 82-73 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/2/10
L, 71-86 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/28/10
W, 67-55 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/5/09
W, 59-52^ in Chattanooga, Tenn. on 3/8/09
^ SoCon Tournament
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 33.8 min)
#24 Canyon Barry, G, 6-6, 195, RS-Fr. (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 26.2 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 22.5 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (10.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 31.4 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 29.5 min)
PROJECTED DAVIDSON STARTERS
#3 Brian Sullivan, G, 5-11, 175, So. (13.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 32.2 min)
#4 Tyler Kalinoski, G, 6-4, 175, Jr. (11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 34.0 min)
#23 Tom Droney, G, 6-6, 200, Sr. (11.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 32.5 min)
#24 De’Mon Brooks, F, 6-7, 230, Sr. (15.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 27.6 min)
#35 Chris Czerapowicz, G/F, 6-7, 200, Sr. (7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 23.7 min)
Four College of Charleston players will return home to the Queen City area including senior brother duo Willis and Judson Hall (Charlotte Christian), junior Anthony Stitt (Butler) and redshirt sophomore David Wishon (Concord). Willis Hall and Stitt are currently the team’s top four leading scorers averaging 10.4 (1st) and 9.9 (4th) points respectively. Stitt is the squad’s top playmaker with 31 assists on the season including a 1.48 assist-to-turnover ratio. He dished out seven assists with just one turnover at The Citadel on Dec. 29. Meanwhile, Hall ranks No. 82 nationally in rebounds per game (8.3 avg) which is also fifth-best among CAA rebounding leaders. Wishon, a sophomore transfer from Tulsa, registered a career-high seven rebounds and two blocks at Old Dominion on Dec. 18, while Judson Hall, a walk-on, brought down a career-best two rebounds at The Citadel. This will be the final “home” game for the Hall brothers.
• CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik is 17-6 (.739) all-time against Southern Conference schools in his nine years as a Division I head coach, all but one of those 23 games were with College of Charleston and one with Tulsa (Appalachian State).
• Prior to CofC, Coach Wojcik’s connection to Davidson was that of his former boss, Matt Doherty, who was one of Bob McKillop’s first assistant coaches in the early 90s. Wojcik served as an assistant coach under Doherty at Notre Dame from 1999-2000 and then at North Carolina from 2000-03.
• College of Charleston and Davidson will play each other the next four years beginning at Davidson and rotating home-and-home through the 2016-17 season.
• CofC and Davidson have two common opponents on its 2013-14 schedules. Both squads defeated Charlotte – the Cougars, 83-82, on Nov. 12, and the Wildcats, 87-78, in overtime on Dec. 4. Davidson is 0-1 against CAA opponent this season having lost to Drexel (72-58) at Belk Arena on Dec. 15.
THE CITADEL RECAP
CofC 72, The Citadel 48
• For the first time this season, College of Charleston went with the starting lineup of Anthony Stitt, Canyon Barry, Anthony Thomas, Willis Hall and Adjehi Baru (1-0).
• The win was a milestone victory for CofC as the Cougars picked up their 500th win as a Division I program dating back to the program’s inaugural season in 1991-92.
• CofC continued to assert its dominance in the all-time series versus The Citadel. The Cougars have now won seven games in a row and hold a 52-39 advantage in the series. The team’s 24-point win was the first margin of victory over 20 points for either team dating back to an 85-63 (+22) win by CofC over the Bulldogs on Feb. 17, 2011.
• Charleston led 34-27 at halftime. The Cougars are now 6-0 this season when leading at the intermission.
• The Cougars held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first 8:35 minutes of the game, the longest defensive stand to start a game this season. The Citadel opened the game shooting 0-for-13 from the field.
• Willis Hall tallied his third double-double of the season, seventh of his career, and second double-double in the past four games. He averaged 12.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in the month of December.
• Senior combination guard/forward Nori Johnson came off the bench to hit four three-pointers in the second half for a season-high 12 points. He joined Joe Chealey and Anthony Stitt as the only players to hit four-or-more threes in a game this season.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
“Like The Citadel city rivalry, Davidson is another great rivalry for us. They have played a very tough schedule – Duke, North Carolina and Wichita State most recently. We have played a tough (non-conference) schedule, too. We are looking forward to it and expect a great game. All of our kids, Willis (Hall), Judson (Hall), (Anthony) Stitt and David (Wishon), are from the Charlotte area, so it’s a good game for them to play in front of their family and friends. We signed a four-year contract with Davidson and will play there this season and at our place next season and so forth. We will try to find better dates on both of our schedules when we can. When looking at the rivalries in the Southern Conference, basketball wise, Davidson was the right one to do along with The Citadel. Like College of Charleston, Davidson has high academics and basketball tradition. I like to think I’m trying to build my program like Coach (Bob) McKillop has at Davidson. They have good kids and are well coached. It should be a good game on New Year’s Day.”
“Davidson is always a fun rivalry game to play in. It’s always great competition and a great game. They always have a good team. Coach (Bob) McKillop always has them prepared and ready to play. It’s always a tough match. You have to be prepared and ready to play. I’m looking forward to it.” – CofC Redshirt Senior Forward Willis Hall on the Davidson rivalry and returning home to the Charlotte area