Cougars need to regroup after Marist loss; Scouting Old Dominion

OK, no excuse to lose to Marist.

I don’t care how “dangerous” the Red Foxes were coming in. As Cougars head coach said, it’s an “embarrassing” loss at home.

The Cougars will need to regroup and do it quickly. Old Dominion, under former Virginia coach Jeff Jones, is playing better than they were a year ago when CofC handled them pretty easily.

Aaron Bacote

ODU guard Aaron Bacote is averaging 18.7 ppg.

The Cougars and Monarchs match-up pretty well against each other. Aaron Bacote, is averaging nearly 20 points a game. CofC’s Anthony Stitt will be given the assignment to slow him down.

Stitt vs. Charlotte

Anthony Stitt average 14 points a game in Cougar wins.

The Cougars should have an advantage in the paint with Adejhi Baru and Willis Hall. Baru needs more touches in the paint and that starts with staying out of foul trouble.

To me the Cougars X-factor is Stitt. When he shoots well, the Cougars win. In the four wins, Stitt is averaging 14 points a game. In the six losses, only 7.7 points a game.

For the latest Old Dominion basketball news, follow Ed Miller’s blog at the Virginia Pilot.

College of Charleston (4-6) vs. Old Dominion (4-6)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,472) in Norfolk, Va.

Series: CofC leads, 1-0.

Last Meeting: CofC def. Old Dominion, 76-65, on Dec. 18, 2012 at TD Arena

Radio: WTMZ 910-AM

Pay-Per-View Live Video: $9.95 HD Live Video via Monarch Media at www.ODUSports.com

College of Charleston

Coach: Doug Wojcik, 28-15, in 2nd season at CofC; 168-109 overall in 9th season.

PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS

#13 Joe Chealey, G, 6-3, 180, Fr. (8.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 26.8 min)

#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (10.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 32.8 min)

#24 Canyon Barry, G, 6-6, 195, RS-Fr. (11.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 27.4 min)

#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (8.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 31.6 min)

#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 0.9 apg, 29.9 min)

Old Dominion

Coach: Jeff Jones, 4-6, in 1st season at ODU, 357-292 in 22nd year overall.

PROJECTED OLD DOMINION STARTERS

#1 Aaron Bacote, G, 6-4, 180, So. (18.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 33.7 min)

#3 Keenan Palmore, G, 6-1, 180, So. (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 25.2 min)

#4  Dimitri Batten, G, 6-3, 205, RS-Jr. (12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 29.5 min)

#23 Richard Ross, F, 6-6, 225, RS-Jr. (9.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 33.9 min)

#21 Denzell Taylor, F, 6-7, 210, Fr. (3.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.5 apg, 25.0 min)

A LOOK INSIDE THE NUMBERS

The Cougars currently rank No. 80 nationally in scoring defense holding opponents to 66.7 points per game which leads the Colonial Athletic Association. They also rank No. 65 in rebound margin (+4.8) amongst NCAA Division I statistical leaders as of Dec. 15. CofC has outrebounded its last four consecutive opponents (Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Coker and Marist) by an average of 12.0 boards per game and twice in double figures (+17 vs. ASU and +17 vs. Coker).

They said it:

“I’m really impressed with Old Dominion and their personnel. They have two really good scorers in (Aaron) Bacote and (Dimitri) Batten and a great point guard in (Keenan) Palmore. They have tough losses to VCU, Saint Louis and West Virginia. They are trying to find themselves. We are more of a ‘work-in-progress’ than maybe what I anticipated  at the beginning of the year. That’s okay. I accept that. As long as we are working toward that progress. Hopefully, our best basketball is ahead of us and we continue to improve as a defensive team, improve as a shooting team and improve as a free-throw shooting team.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik.

“Adjehi (Baru) and I are excited to go back home and play in front of our family and friends. Norfolk is about an hour and a half from our house in Richmond. The area is also special, because we always spent the summer months as a family in Virginia Beach.” – CofC Junior Guard Pat Branin on the homecoming to Virginia and playing in the CAA

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