COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (4-2, 0-0 SoCon) vs. #25/25 NORTH CAROLINA (3-2, 0-0 ACC)
November 28, 2010 • 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Television: Fox Sports Net
Radio: Cougar Sports Network (ESPN Radio 910 AM)
Series History: Series Tied 3-3
Last Meeting: CofC defeated UNC, 82-79 (OT), on Jan. 4, 2010 in Charleston, S.C.
Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.CofCSports.com
College of Charleston: Bobby Cremins
Fifth Year at CofC: 91-51 (.641)
30th Year Overall: 545-358 (.604)
North Carolina: Roy Williams
Eighth Year at UNC: 199-56 (.780)
23rd Year Overall: 617-157 (.797)
RADIO (Cougar Sports Network)
Play-By-Play: Jeff McCarragher
Color Analyst: Everett German
TELEVISION (Fox Sports Net)
Play-By-Play: Ron Thulin
Color Analyst: Dan Bonner
Sideline Reporter: Debbie Antonelli
The College of Charleston men’s basketball team (4-2) prepares for what will be a heated non-conference battle at No. 25 North Carolina (3-2) on Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tipoff between the Cougars and Tar Heels is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net. This will be no ordinary rematch – 328 days will have passed since CofC’s stunning upset of ninth-ranked UNC replayed continuously on the highlight reels of every sports newscast in the nation. Undoubtedly, the third go-around in the 2-for-1 series has been circled on the calendar ever since, in UNC’s quest for redemption. The Cougars have won four of their last five games and are led by preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year Andrew Goudelock, who currently ranks 13th nationally averaging 23.0 points per game. CofC enjoyed a much-needed bye week after going 2-1 in tournament play and playing six games in the course of 12 days with wins over Illinois-Chicago (78-66) and host Toledo (64-51) in the subregional round of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Nov. 19-21 in Toledo, Ohio. Sunday’s contest will mark only the second time the Cougars have ever played on the road in Carolina Blue territory (0-1) and will conclude a three-game series with UNC. The Tar Heels are an undefeated 2-0 on their home court this season and have only lost 56-of-350 (.840) all-time matchups contested in the Dean Dome since 1986. With added depth and the majority of last year’s squad returning, the Cougars will take their chances of trying to beat the odds once again.
NORTH CAROLINA AT A GLANCE
North Carolina recently snapped a two-game losing streak with an 80-69 victory over UNC Asheville on Nov. 23. The Tar Heels dropped 17 spots in this week’s national polls with losses to Minnesota (72-67) and Vanderbilt (72-65) on Nov. 19 and 21 at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. UNC’s height advantage has led to an astounding 44.8 rebound average which currently ranked 10th nationally. All but two players on the 16-man roster is shorter than 6-foot-2. Last year, the defending national champion Tar Heels were never the same after their overtime loss in Charleston. They dropped 12 of their last 17 games of the regular season which led to a Postseason NIT berth and a runner-up finish to Dayton (79-68) in the finals at Madison Square Garden.
ON THE TUBE
The Cougars will appear on regional or national television 14 times during the 2010-11 season. Play-by-play announcer Ron Thulin, color analyst Dan Bonner and sideline reporter Debbie Antonelli will have the call for FSN. Fans in the Charleston area can view Fox Sports Net on Comcast Cable Channel 59, Home Telecom Channel 43, DirecTV Channel 645 or 646 and Dish Network Channel 415 through 421.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#1 Donavan Monroe, G, 6-3, 205, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 32.2 min)
#3 Andrew Goudelock, G, 6-2, 200, Sr. (23.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 35.0 min)
#30 Antwaine Wiggins, F, 6-7, 185, RS-Jr. (6.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 28.8 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, So. (9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 54.5 FG%, 24.3 min)
#21 Jeremy Simmons, F, 6-8, 230, Sr. (16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 65.5 FG%, 32.0 min)
PROJECTED NORTH CAROLINA STARTERS
#11 Larry Drew II, G, 6-2, 180, Jr. (4.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 24.6 min)
#40 Harrison Barnes, F, 6-8, 210, Fr. (12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 28.2 min)
#1 Dexter Strickland, G, 6-3, 180, So. (7.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 24.6 min)
#31 John Henson, F, 6-10, 210, So. (8.6 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 0.2 apg, 21.8 min)
#44 Tyler Zeller, F, 7-0, 250, Jr. (17.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 28.4 min)
CofC and North Carolina are tied 3-3 in the all-time series. This will mark the sixth time in seven all-time meetings between the two schools in which the Cougars will face a ranked UNC squad. The Tar Heels were ranked in the top 10 in four of the previous six games in the series including last year’s upset and a 66-64 victory over the then second-ranked team in the nation in the Food Lion Classic on Dec. 3, 1999 in Charlotte, N.C. It still ranks as CofC’s highest-ranked opponent win in school history. All but two of the games in the series have been lopsided victories in favor of UNC, while the others have been decided by six points or less.
LAST SIX GAMES IN THE SERIES
W, 82-79 (OT) in Charleston, S.C. on 1/4/10 (+3)
L, 70-108 in Chapel Hill, N.C. on 1/7/09 (-38)
W, 66-60 in Charlotte, N.C. on 12/21/01 (+6)
L, 60-64 in Charlotte, N.C. on 12/30/00 (-4)
L, 54-72 in Charlotte, N.C. on 12/3/99 (-18)
W, 66-64 in Charlotte, N.C. on 12/5/98 (+2)
Andrew Goudelock scored 24 points, including a game-tying three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, which led College of Charleston to an 82-79 overtime victory over No. 9 North Carolina before a crowd of 5,072 fans on Jan. 4, 2010, at Carolina First Arena. Goudelock’s three from the right wing capped a 12-1 run by CofC over the final 3:51 which sent the game into overtime tied at 73-all. Goudelock scored the final eight points for the Cougars. After the Tar Heels missed a shot and CofC failed on a free throw attempt with 1.1 seconds left, Donavan Monroe stole UNC’s inbounds pass to seal the win. The Cougars got 11 points from Goudelock and 10 from Monroe in the first half and took a 37-36 lead at intermission.
AGAINST THE TOP 25
The Cougars are 5-15 all-time versus teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Last year’s win over UNC snapped a seven-game losing skid against AP Top 25 opponents.
• Coach Cremins is 14-33 all-time versus North Carolina in his 30 years as a Division I head coach. He is 1-1 against the Tar Heels in his five seasons at CofC. Cremins has only won four times in 21 tries when playing on the road in Chapel Hill, N.C.
• This will mark only the fourth time Coach Cremins (1-2) will go up against a Roy Williams’ coached squad next to the two prior CofC meetings in the last two years and an 84-70 loss to Kansas in the finals of the Great Alaska Shootout on Nov. 27, 1999 in Anchorage, Alaska.
• Three North Carolina natives on the Cougar roster return home to the Tar Heel State this weekend including senior Donavan Monroe (Waxhaw), sophomore Willis Hall (Charlotte) and freshman James Carlton (Winterville). Monroe was one of three CofC players to score in double figures the first and last time the team played at UNC with 12 points and five rebounds on Jan. 7, 2009.
GOUDELOCK AMONG TOP SHOOTERS IN COLLEGE HOOPS
Andrew Goudelock was recently selected among the top 33 shooters in college basketball in a list compiled by FoxSports.com senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman. Goudelock came in as the No. 10 marksman in the country with a 41.8 career percentage from long range. He was joined in the top 10 by John Jenkins of Vanderbilt, Rotnei Clarke of Arkansas, Jared Stohl of Portland, Tommy Freeman of Ohio, Jon Diebler of Ohio State, Donald Sims of Appalachian State, Zach Urbanus of The Citadel, Darius Johnson-Odom of Marquette and Austin Freeman of Georgetown. UNC freshman Reggie Bullock, who is shooting a team-best 53.3 percent from three-point land, was listed at No. 31.
AMONG THE TOP MID-MAJORS
College of Charleston is currently ranked No. 18 in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 Poll released by CollegeInsider.com on Nov. 22. The Cougars are the second-highest ranked team from the Southern Conference behind preseason South Division favorite and defending league champion Wofford at No. 11. Gonzaga, Butler, Old Dominion, Wichita State and St. Mary’s (Calif.) round out the top 5.
MAKING EVERY SHOT COUNT
The first NCAA Division I statistical report will not be released until the week of Nov. 29, but the Cougars currently rank No. 16 nationally knocking down 50.3 percent of their shots (169-of-336) from the floor this season. CofC’s accuracy can be credited to three players on the roster who are shooting better than 54 percent from the field including senior Jeremy Simmons (65.5), who ranked No. 2 in the country last year in the category, Willis Hall (54.5) and freshman Trent Wiedeman (80.0). Hall (40.0) is also one of three Cougars with a 40 percent or better clip from beyond the arc behind Andrew Goudelock (42.9) and team-leader Antwaine Wiggins (46.2).
LOOKING AT THE RPI
CofC is currently rated No. 146 in the latest RPI ratings index with the nation’s 74th toughest schedule including upcoming opponents in North Carolina (No. 112) and Davidson (No. 89) as of Nov. 26. The Cougars are projected to finish within the top 100 in the RPI, while the SoCon is currently rated the No. 12-best league in the country out of 33 Division I conferences.
ACC GIANT KILLERS?
The Cougars are 0-1 this season against the ACC with a close 75-74 loss at Maryland in their season opener in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Nov. 10 in College Park, Md. This will be the second of three ACC matchups this year with a home date penciled in with Clemson prior to the Christmas holiday break on Dec. 22 at Carolina First Arena. Arguably, the biggest wins in school history have come against ACC programs including last year’s UNC upset. The Cougars previously upset the unbeaten and third-ranked Tar Heels, 66-64, on Dec. 6, 1998, and 66-60, on Dec. 21, 2001. CofC also knocked off a No. 8 Cremins-coached Georgia Tech squad, 84-67, on Jan. 16, 1993, as well as beat Maryland, 75-66, in the 1997 NCAA First Round in Memphis, Tenn.
SOCON PLAY ON THE HORIZON
The Cougars will gear up for a three-game homestand in a span of six days hosting back-to-back Southern Conference foes at the on-set of the stretch with Davidson on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. (ET) and Georgia Southern on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. (ET) at Carolina First Arena. A home matchup with 2010 NCAA Tournament participant and defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion East Tennessee State follows on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. (ET). Season or single-game tickets can be purchased by calling 1-843-953-COFC (2632) or visiting the CofC Athletics Ticket Center online at www.CofCSports.com/tickets.
AN INSIDE LOOK AT COFC HOOPS
Get an inside look at the College of Charleston men’s basketball program by following the Cougars throughout the 2010-11 season via our blog at: www.cofchoops.wordpress.com.
CofC 64, Toledo 51
• For the sixth time this season and sixth-straight contest, CofC used the starting lineup of senior Donavan Monroe, senior Andrew Goudelock, redshirt junior Antwaine Wiggins, sophomore Willis Hall and senior Jeremy Simmons (4-2).
• With the win, the Cougars take a 1-0 lead in the all-time series with Toledo and are 2-1 in road games this season.
• Andrew Goudelock was named to the 2K Sports Classic All-Tournament Team. He averaged a team-leading 22.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game against Rhode Island, Illinois-Chicago and host Toledo combined. Goudelock shot 41.9 percent from the floor going 26-of-62 with 10 threes.
• Jeremy Simmons registered 14 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from the charity stripe. He and Goudelock are currently on a six-game double-digit scoring streak.
• The Senior Class of Goudelock, Simmons and Donavan Monroe combined for 41 of the team’s 64 points versus Toledo.
• The Cougars made a season-high tying nine steals against the Rockets next to nine versus Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 20. They also made their second-fewest turnovers in a single game this season (14).
• CofC held Toledo to an opponent season-low 40 percent shooting from the field (18-of-45).
• The Cougars have now outrebounded back-to-back opponents by nine boards, 35-26.
COUGAR SOUND BITES
“I can’t thank Roy Williams enough for bringing the Tar Heels here to Charleston. He has a home here in Isle of Palms and loves Charleston. It’s been a great series. Obviously, last year, it was an incredible game and a great atmosphere. Anytime a power conference school goes to a mid-major conference school on the road, I personally believe the NCAA should take that into consideration when giving out bids. It takes guts for these schools to play at mid-major Division I schools.” – College of Charleston Head Coach Bobby Cremins on the three-game series with North Carolina
“North Carolina has a great young freshman in Harrison Barnes. They’re big. Right now, I hope we can get some quality practices in during our time off without school. For me, it’s a great honor to play North Carolina. Two years ago, we went up there and were a little bit embarrassed. Last year, it was a great game and I just hope we can play well this weekend.” – Coach Cremins on UNC
“I’m sure they’ll use it as an incentive. Roy and I both know, what happened last year, has nothing to do with this year’s team. It’s a whole different team and different year. I just hope we aren’t intimidated. We have been knocked around sometimes in these big games on the road. We played well at Maryland, but at the end, it kind of got a little crazy. We have to keep our cool and play our game.” – Coach Cremins on last year’s upset at Carolina First Arena
“Right now, I’m happy with this team, but we aren’t there yet. We play a difficult schedule. I’m just happy we are 4-2 and we have a winning record. You never know what’s going to happen. I would like to see our other freshmen, James Carlton, Jordan Scott and Nori Johnson, get some playing time and get better. Drew (Goudelock) had a tough shooting game against Rhode Island which will happen from time-to-time. It’s going to be a tough game and rebounding is a big issue for us. We are going to have to do some serious blocking out against North Carolina.” – Coach Cremins on the team’s 4-2 start of the season
“It was a big game for us last year – the biggest win for our program since I’ve been here. We don’t think of ourselves as ‘Giant Killers.’ We think of ourselves as being one of those ‘Giants’ as well. If we play our game, we know everything else will take care of itself.” – Senior Andrew Goudelock on knocking off No. 9-ranked UNC last season at home and the program’s reputation as “Giant Killers”