CofC Cougars Gear Up For SoCon Rivalry Showdown With Davidson

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (12-6, 4-2 SoCon) vs. DAVIDSON (10-7, 5-1 SoCon)

Game #19

January 19, 2013 7:00 p.m. (ET)

Belk Arena (5,223)

at Davidson, N.C.

Television: MyTV Charleston/ESPN3

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

Series History: Davidson Leads 50-14

Last Meeting: CofC def. Davidson, 86-78, on Feb. 11, 2012 in Charleston, S.C.

Internet: Free Live Statistics at www.DavidsonWildcats.com

Twitter @CofCBasketball

THE COACHES

College of Charleston: Doug Wojcik

First Year at CofC: 12-6 (.667)

Eighth Year Overall: 152-98 (.608)

Davidson: Bob McKillop

24th Year at Davidson: 436-278 (.611)

24th Year Overall: 436-278 (.611)

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 Analysts: Nate Ross and John Kresse

College of Charleston Men's Basketball


GAME PREVIEW

Five games in the span of 10 days can be a grueling stretch for any team, but the College of Charleston men’s basketball team (12-6, 4-2 SoCon) looks forward to the challenge with a big Southern Conference rivalry matchup ahead with perennial league favorite Davidson (10-7, 5-1 SoCon) on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. Tipoff between the Cougars and Wildcats is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be televised locally on MyTV Charleston and carried nationally on ESPN3/WatchESPN.com. Though March is a month and a half away, the league race continues to heat up as both teams vie to position themselves well for postseason play during this critical stretch of games among divisional foes. CofC is currently second in the latest South Division standings at 4-2, while Davidson is out in front with a one-game advantage at 5-1. The Cougars look to shake off a 51-47 loss at Georgia Southern on Jan. 17, which ended their undefeated 6-0 streak on the road dating back to a 63-59 upset of No. 21-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24 in Waco, Texas.

A LOOK AT DAVIDSON

Davidson has won three of its last four including a 70-38 rout of The Citadel on Jan. 17, which redeemed a 70-57 road loss three days earlier at Georgia Southern. The Wildcats currently boast one of the Top 100 scoring offenses in the country averaging 71.1 points per game (96th) which ranks third-best in the league. They also rank No. 1 in the nation with a free-throw accuracy of 79.4 percent behind senior guard Nik Cochran, who is making 95 percent of his free-throw attempts (57-of-60) this season, which ranks second nationally. Davidson’s pre-conference slate included tough losses to New Mexico, Gonzaga and Duke, but also marquee wins over Vanderbilt and West Virginia at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., over the Thanksgiving holiday break.

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 ESPN3

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com. It is currently available to approximately 70 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. It is also accessible through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold level members and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app through an affiliated provider.

PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS

#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, So. (11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 33.2 min)

#4 Andrew Lawrence, G, 6-1, 185, Sr. (14.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 31.4 min)

#3 Anthony Thomas, F, 6-7, 207, Jr. (8.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 28.8 min)

#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, RS-Jr. (7.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 24.4 min)

#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, So. (10.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 33.4 min)

PROJECTED DAVIDSON STARTERS

#12 Nik Cochran, G, 6-3, 188, Sr. (8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 29.4 min)

#5 JP Kuhlman, G, 6-4, 195, Sr. (7.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 28.9 min)

#35 Chris Czerapowicz, G, 6-7, 200, Jr. (8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 0.7 apg, 23.8 min)

#24 De’Mon Brooks, F, 6-7, 227, Jr. (13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 26.5 min)

#15 Jake Cohen, F, 6-10, 235, Sr. (13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 24.9 min)

INSIDE THE SERIES

Davidson leads 50-14 in the all-time series with College of Charleston. The Cougars and Wildcats have both protected their home court in the annual rivalry series over the last three years. However, Davidson has won two of the last three meetings between the two schools by double digits including an 87-69 win (+18) at Belk Arena on Jan. 19, 2012. Only three of CofC’s 14 victories in the 64-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 Wildcats on Feb. 7, 2009.

LAST SIX GAMES IN THE SERIES

W, 86-78 in Charleston, S.C. on 2/11/12 (+8)

L, 69-87 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/19/12 (-18)

L, 64-75 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/29/11 (-11)

W, 82-73 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/2/10 (+9)

L, 71-86 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/28/10 (-15)

W, 67-55 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/5/09 (+12)

WHAT 2 WATCH 4

Senior point guard Andrew Lawrence looks to place himself among the list of Cougar greats who have reached 1,000 career points at CofC. He is just three points shy of the honor and would become the 30th player in school history to reach the milestone with 997 career points to date.

AMONG NCAA LEADERS

The Cougars currently rank among the Top 75 in five NCAA statistical categories including scoring defense (70th, 61.5 ppg), three-point field-goal percentage (52nd, 36.8%), three-point field-goal percentage defense (29th, 29.3%), rebounding margin (59th, +5.1) and blocks per game (64th, 4.7 bpg) as of Jan. 17. Individually, sophomore big man and reigning SoCon Player of the Week Adjehi Baru ranks 40th nationally in rebounds per game (9.1) which leads the league.

COUGAR SIDEBARS

Coach Wojcik has never faced Georgia Southern in his eight years as a Division I head coach, but is now 4-3 lifetime versus Southern Conference opponents. Prior to taking over the helm of the CofC program, Wojcik had only faced a team from the league once – a home loss at Tulsa to Appalachian State (0-1) in 2010-11. He is currently 4-2 versus league foes in his first year and CofC’s final year in the SoCon.

This will be Coach Wojcik’s first-time to play a game at Davidson. His prior connection to the school was that of his former boss, Matt Doherty, who was one of Bob McKillop’s first assistant coaches at Davidson 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.

CofC’s Andrew Lawrence (London, England) and Davidson’s Ali Mackay (North Berwick, Scotland) were both teammates on the Under-20 Great Britain National Team in the summer of 2010. Lawrence, a senior, was a member of the Great Britain Olympic Team in 2012, while Mackay, a sophomore, last played internationally in the U-20 European Championships in 2011.

It will be a Charlotte Homecoming for three Queen City natives in redshirt junior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte Christian), junior walk-on Judson Hall (Charlotte Christian) and sophomore guard Anthony Stitt (Butler HS). Stitt is currently second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg), while Hall is second in rebounding (6.6 rpg).

GEORGIA SOUTHERN RECAP

Georgia Southern 51, CofC 47

For the 14th time this season, CofC used the starting lineup of sophomore Anthony Stitt, senior Andrew Lawrence, junior Anthony Thomas, redshirt junior Willis Hall and sophomore forward Adjehi Baru (11-3).

Georgia Southern claimed its 19th win in the all-time series in which CofC still leads 21-19. It was the five-straight game in the series between the two schools which was decided in single digits (-4). The Cougars have now lost two consecutive road games at Georgia Southern next to a 64-58 loss at Hanner Fieldhouse on Jan. 21, 2012 (-6).

The Eagles snapped CofC’s six-game undefeated road win streak which led the nation among undefeated NCAA Division I road teams still remaining in the season.

Andrew Lawrence registered his sixth double-figure scoring game in the last seven contests with a game-high 15 points at Georgia Southern. He is now three points away from recording his 1,000th career point with 997 points to date.

CofC shot 34.0 percent from the floor (18-of-53) which was its second-lowest shooting percentage of the season behind 33.3 percent from the field against Anderson (S.C.) University on Dec. 13.

For the 15th time this season, the Cougars outboarded their opponents, 40-35 (+5).

Willis Hall brought down a game-high 11 rebounds which marked his ninth double-figure rebounding game of his career.

Anthony Thomas scored in double figures for the seventh time this year with 10 points.

CofC defense holds Georgia Southern to an opponent season-low 13 first-half points. The Cougars previously held Towson to 14 first-half points in the team’s season opener on Nov. 9. However, CofC was also held to its second-lowest first half with 20 points.

COUGAR SOUND BITES

“They (Davidson) are the preseason favorite and it’s a big game. I have all the respect in the world for Davidson. Coach (Bob) McKillop has been there for 20+ years and has built a solid program there. It’s a very difficult schedule for us with Davidson in our fifth game after 10 days. There’s no question, especially on the road. Right now, what matters is that we have energy and we play hard on Saturday night and move on from the loss at Georgia Southern.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik on getting his first taste of the Davidson rivalry series

“We have learned a lot of lessons in our last five games. We lose a game, win four-or-five and lose again and we talk about the same lessons to learn from. This is the third difficult loss of the year of us, Anderson, Samford, and now Georgia Southern, and hopefully the lessons have been learned.” – Coach Wojcik on what the team takes away from the loss on the road at Georgia Southern

“They (Davidson) are a really good team and the favorite to win our conference, so this road game will be really tough for us. We have big-time respect for them, and of course, it’s a really intense rivalry which we always look forward to every year.” – Senior Point Guard Andrew Lawrence on preparing for the rivalry matchup with Davidson

“We definitely we will learn from the loss at Georgia Southern. There was a lot that happened to learn from, especially mistakes that we made in the first four minutes where we let them get a run on us. We will get back to the drawing board, but move on. As for Davidson, it is always a really good matchup for us. Historically, they have been a really good program for this conference. There is always great energy when we play them on the road and at home. We look forward to another good contest, but right now, we will learn, travel and get ready for Saturday.” – Redshirt Junior Forward Willis Hall on moving on from the Georgia Southern loss and prepare for Davidson

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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