2011 NIT Quarterfinals
March 23, 2011 • 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Charles Koch Arena (10,506)
at Wichita, Kan.
Radio: Cougar Sports Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting: None
Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com
College of Charleston: Bobby Cremins
Fifth Year at CofC: 113-59 (.657)
30th Year Overall: 567-366 (.608)
Wichita State: Gregg Marshall
Fourth Year at WSU: 79-55 (.590)
13th Year Overall: 272-137 (.665)
RADIO (Cougar Sports Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
Play-By-Play: Mike Patrick
Color Analyst: Fran Fraschilla
The sixth-seeded College of Charleston men's basketball team (26-10) will travel to the Heartland of America to face off against fourth-seeded Wichita State (26-8) in the quarterfinals of the NIT on Wednesday, March 23, before an expected 10,000+ sell-out crowd at the Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kan. Tipoff between the Cougars and Shockers is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. CofC, which won the Southern Conference regular-season title, is making its first-ever appearance in the quarterfinals under fifth-year head coach Bobby Cremins. The Cougars have won four of their last five games of the postseason including a 64-56 road victory over second-seeded Cleveland State on March 19 in the second round. They have never played a contest in the state of Kansas in the 101-year history of the program and are 10-7 away from the friendly confines of Carolina First Arena this season with a marquee road win at 2011 NCAA Tournament participant Tennessee (91-78), before a season-high 17,794 fans on Dec. 31 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. The winner will punch their ticket to New York City for a coveted spot in the NIT semifinals against either second-seeded Washington State (21-12) or fourth-seeded Northwestern (20-13) on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 or 9 p.m. (ET) at the world-famous Madison Square Garden. As a team, the Cougars currently rank No. 16 nationally in field-goal percentage (47.6) and 31st nationally in scoring offense (76.1), while the Shockers boast one of the nation's toughest defenses holding opponents to an average of 61.9 points per game.
SCOUTING WICHITA STATE
The Shockers have won four of their last six contests and used a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures contributing to a 79-76 overtime upset of top-seeded Virginia Tech on March 20 in Blacksburg, Va. Four of their losses of the season were against 2011 NCAA Tournament squads in Connecticut (79-83) on Nov. 22 in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, on the road at San Diego State (69-83) in the MVC-MWC Challenge on Dec. 4 in San Diego, Calif., against VCU (67-68) in an ESPN BracketBusters home game on Feb. 18, and versus Indiana State (54-61) in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. Ten players on the WSU roster are currently averaging more than 13 minutes per game showing the program's depth.
COUGARS ALL-TIME IN THE NIT
The Cougars are 4-3 all-time in the NIT. They are making their fourth all-time NIT appearance and first since 2003 under former head coach Tom Herrion. They also earned berths in 1995 and 1996 under legendary head coach John Kresse, who was assisted on the sidelines by Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall. Prior to its win over Cleveland State, CofC had never advanced past the second round of a postseason tournament (NCAA or NIT) since its NAIA days under Kresse.
COUGARS ALL-TIME IN THE NIT (4-3)
1995 - College of Charleston at Providence, L, 67-72, First Round on 3/16/95 in Providence, R.I.
1996 - College of Charleston at Tennessee, W, 55-49, First Round on 3/13/96 in Knoxville, Tenn.
1996 - College of Charleston at Rhode Island, L, 58-62 (OT), Second Round on 3/19/96 in Kingston, R.I.
2003 - College of Charleston at Kent State, W, 71-66, First Round on 3/19/03 in Kent, Ohio
2003 - College of Charleston at Providence, L, 64-69, Second Round on 3/22/03 in Providence, R.I.
2011 - Dayton at College of Charleston, W, 94-84, First Round on 3/15/11 in Charleston, S.C.
2011 - College of Charleston at Cleveland State, W, 64-56, Second Round on 3/19/11 in Cleveland, Ohio
GOING THE DISTANCE
CofC will play in its 37th overall game of the season which ranks as the second-most in school history behind a 33-5 campaign (38 games) under Coach Kresse during the 1982-83 campaign. When this year's squad tips off against Wichita State on Wednesday night, they will have surpassed a 36-game season in 2008-09 under Coach Cremins and will tie the program's deepest run in March next to a March 23rd, second-round matchup at Richmond in the CBI in 2009.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Andrew Goudelock continues his presence as one of the top overall and career scoring leaders in the country. He is currently averaging a career-best 23.4 points per game which ranks fifth nationally as of March 22. Goudelock has knocked down 20-or-more points this season on 28 occasions including six 30-point outbursts (Davidson, Tennessee, Furman (twice), Elon and Dayton). The school's all-time leading scorer with 2,540 career points, he also ranks second nationally among active NCAA Division I players this season in career points behind national-leader Jimmer Fredette of BYU (2,567). Goudelock became the 62nd player in NCAA Division I men's basketball history to surpass the 2,500-career point plateau with a career-high and CofC Division I school single-game record 39 points versus Dayton in the NIT First Round on March 15. He currently ranks 45th among 63 all-time players to have scored 2,500-or-more points in a career. Goudelock is 35 points shy of moving into second all-time in career scoring in the SoCon record books ahead of Marshall's Skip Henderson (2,574).
TOP 5 NCAA DIVISION I SCORING LEADERS
1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU) 28.5
2. Marshon Brooks (Providence) 24.6
3. Adrian Oliver (San Jose State) 24.3
4. Kemba Walker (UConn) 23.5
5. Andrew Goudelock (CofC) 23.4
TOP 5 NCAA DIVISION I ACTIVE CAREER SCORING LEADERS
1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU) - 2,567
2. Andrew Goudelock (CofC) - 2,540
3. Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) - 2,513
4. Kyle Singler (Duke) - 2,374
5. LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor) - 2,285
NCAA DIVISION I ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LEADERS
1. Pete Maravich (LSU) - 3,667
31. Joe Dumars (McNeese State) - 2,605
32. Henry Domercant (Eastern Illinois) - 2,602
33. Terrance Bailey (Wagner) - 2,591
34. Dickie Hemric (Wake Forest) - 2,587
35. Calvin Natt (Louisiana-Monroe) - 2,581
36. Derrick Chievous (Missouri) - 2,580
37. Skip Henderson (Marshall) - 2,574
38. Jimmer Fredette (BYU) - 2,567
39. Austin Carr (Notre Dame) - 2,560
40. Reggie Williams (VMI) - 2,556
41. Sean Elliott (Arizona) - 2,555
42. Rodney Moore (NC State) - 2,551
43. Calvin Murphy (Niagara) - 2,548
44. Keith Van Horn (Utah) - 2,542
45. Andrew Goudelock (CofC) - 2,540
TOP 10 SOCON ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LEADERS
1. Stephen Curry (Davidson) - 2,635
2. Skip Henderson (Marshall) - 2,574
3. Andrew Goudelock (CofC) - 2,540
4. Frank Selvy (Furman) - 2,538
5. John Gerdy (Davidson) - 2,483
6. Gay Elmore (VMI) - 2,423
7. John Taft (Marshall) - 2,332
8. Dom Florida (Washington & Lee) - 2,310
9. Jerry West (West Virginia) - 2,309
10. Jonathan Moore (Furman) - 2,299
COUGARS ON THE AIRWAVES
Fans can also listen to all CofC men's basketball games throughout the 2010-11 postseason on ESPN Radio 910 AM in Charleston or via a live audio link at: www.charlestonsportsradio.com. Voice of the Cougars Jeff McCarragher will call the action live from the Charles Koch Arena on the Cougar Sports Network on Wednesday.
ON THE DEUCE
The Cougars will have appeared on regional or national television a school-record 21 times during the 2010-11 season. CofC is currently 14-6 on the tube and will make its 10th all-time appearance on the deuce since the 2005-06 campaign. Play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick and color analyst Fran Fraschilla will handle the call live from Charles Koch Arena on ESPN2. The NIT quarterfinal game can also be viewed online via a live stream on www.ESPN3.com.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#1 Donavan Monroe, G, 6-3, 205, Sr. (12.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 33.0 min)
#3 Andrew Goudelock, G, 6-2, 200, Sr. (23.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 35.1 min)
#30 Antwaine Wiggins, F, 6-7, 185, RS-Jr. (7.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 27.5 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, So. (8.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 26.1 min)
#44 Trent Wiedeman, F, 6-8, 240, Fr. (8.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 25.8 min)
PROJECTED WICHITA STATE STARTERS
#1 Joe Ragland, G, 6-0, 193, Jr. (7.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 20.5 min)
#23 Touré Murry, G, 6-5, 203, Jr. (9.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 26.3 min)
#14 Graham Hatch, G/F, 6-4, 206, Sr. (5.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 21.7 min)
#32 Gabe Blair, F, 6-8, 235, Sr. (6.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 19.9 min)
#31 J.T. Durley, C/F, 6-8, 236, RS-Sr. (11.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 25.5 min)
A TWIST OF FATE
The first-ever meeting between the two schools is an interesting storyline all of its own. Both teams are guided by two head coaches with a serendipitous connection in Bobby Cremins, who came out of a six-year retirement to coach the Cougars in 2006, and Gregg Marshall, who guided Winthrop to seven NCAA Tournament appearances prior to accepting the Wichita State position in April of 2007. Marshall spent eight years as an assistant coach under John Kresse from 1988-96. In his time with the Cougars, they reached the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and the NIT twice in 1995 and 1996. In an ironic twist of fate, he accepted an offer to coach The College in June of 2006, but changed his mind after the introductory press conference and returned to Winthrop. Many compared his decision to Cremins' decision to leave Georgia Tech in 1993 for his alma mater, South Carolina, only to change his mind and return to Tech.
"We both flip-flopped. It all worked out for a reason. I'm like the dean of anyone who has done a coaching flip-flop. I've had some interesting phone calls over the years and I try to give people the best advice I can. It's not easy at all. Greg has done a great job at Wichita State and he has moved forward. I always thank him, because he got me back into coaching." - CofC Head Coach Bobby Cremins
FAMOUS BASKETBALL COACHING FLIP-FLOPS
Billy Donovan - Florida to Orlando Magic to Florida (2007)
Dana Altman - Creighton to Arkansas to Creighton (2007)
Gregg Marshall - Winthrop to College of Charleston to Winthrop (2006)
Rick Majerus - ESPN to USC to ESPN (2004)
Dan Dakich - Bowling Green to West Virginia to Bowling Green (2002)
Bobby Cremins - Georgia Tech to South Carolina to Georgia Tech (1993)
- Coach Cremins has never faced Wichita State in his 30 years as a Division I head coach. He is coaching in his fifth NIT as a head coach and sixth overall including as an assistant coach at his alma mater South Carolina under his mentor, Frank McGuire, in 1975 (Second Round). Cremins previously led Georgia Tech to four NIT berths in 1984 (First Round), 1994 (First Round), 1998 (Quarterfinals) and 1999 (First Round). He is now 4-4 all-time in NIT games.
- Cremins is 0-1 all-time versus schools hailing from the Missouri Valley Conference including a loss with Georgia Tech to Bradley at the Cable Car Classic on Dec. 29, 1995, in San Jose, Calif. The Cougars have never faced an MVC opponent in school history.
- The Cougars are 6-1 this season when facing a first-time opponent including wins over Holy Cross (93-84) on Nov. 13, Illinois-Chicago (78-66) on Nov. 20, Toledo (64-51) on Nov. 21, Vermont (85-70) on Feb. 19, Dayton and Cleveland State. Their only loss was at 2011 NCAA Tournament automatic qualifier and No. 13-seeded Morehead State (49-69) on Jan. 2, who upset fourth-seeded Louisville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 17.
CLEVELAND STATE RECAP
CofC 64, Cleveland State 56
- For the 12th time this season, CofC used the starting five of senior Donavan Monroe, senior Andrew Goudelock, junior Antwaine Wiggins, sophomore Willis Hall and freshman Trent Wiedeman (9-3).
- With the victory, the Cougars take a 1-0 lead in the all-time series with Cleveland State. It also marked CofC's first appearance in the NIT quarterfinals having falling in the second round in 1996 and 2003.
- The CofC defense held Cleveland State to an opponent season-low 33.3 percent shooting from the floor (23-of-69) and a dismal 4.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (1-of-25) to mark the eighth opponent this season to be held in the 30s from the field.
- Andrew Goudelock missed scoring in single digits going 7-of-8 from the free throw line for 13 points. The nation's leader in three-pointers made per game (3.4 avg), he did not make a three-pointer (0-6) for the first time since going 0-for-3 against Elon on Feb. 11, 2010, at Carolina First Arena.
- Goudelock still continues to climb the NCAA all-time career scorers list with 2,540 career points to date. He moved into third all-time in the Southern Conference record books past Frank Selvy of Furman (2,538) and Johnny Dawkins of Duke (2,537) on the NCAA list.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
"They are scary. I watched them play Nebraska. They were up by 30 and I turned it off. I also watched the VCU game this year. (Wichita State head coach) Gregg (Marshall) was telling me their home court is second-to-none. He is excited to be there. Gregg was really looking forward to making the NCAAs this year, but Indiana State went from their league. They have a lot of depth and are a lot bigger than we are. The environment there is going to be tough. We are definitely going to have to keep our composure. I doubt they will shoot 1-for-25 (from the three like Cleveland State)." - CofC Head Coach Bobby Cremins on playing Wichita State
"I asked Coach Kresse for a scouting report, but he turned me down (Cremins laughs). Obviously, Coach loves Gregg. John really did everything he could, but understood. I was too scared to see (South Carolina) Coach (Frank) McGuire after I made my decision to go back to Georgia Tech. People overreact to these kinds of things. It happens a lot in normal jobs and a lot in coaching." - Coach Cremins on the coaching flip-flop
"Gregg was instrumental in our transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. We received an at-large bid to the Big Dance in 1994 and I directly attribute that success to Gregg's recruiting and practice-and game-coaching. He spent eight wonderful years in Charleston and I feel he is a gem of a head coach in our world of college hoops." - Legendary CofC Head Coach John Kresse on his protégé and former assistant Gregg Marshall
"Making it to the third round of the NIT is a terrific accomplishment for Bobby Cremins and our team. Defeating the defending champions, Dayton, and going on the road for a victory at Cleveland State shows the talent, competitiveness and togetherness of this team. I would like nothing better than a win at Wichita State and an opportunity to go back to the mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden." - Coach Kresse on the Cougars reaching the quarterfinals
"We are trying to represent for all of the smaller schools, all of the mid-majors, who didn't have much of an opportunity, but when they did get an opportunity, they did something with it. We are trying to show people what they have been missing out on." - Senior Andrew Goudelock on advancing to the quarterfinals of the NIT
"Coach (Cremins) told us about it and we know it will probably be the toughest environment we have seen all year, bigger than the ACC schools (Maryland, Clemson and North Carolina) we've played against. I heard the environment will be like George Mason for us last year (in our ESPN BracketBusters game). Their team is solid. They have a really good point guard in (Joe) Ragland. They also have athletic wing players and big guys coming off the bench. I'm so excited to play and see the environment there. I still have a lot of adrenaline left after the Dayton and Cleveland State games." - Goudelock on playing in front of a sell-out crowd at Wichita State