It’ll be interesting to see how the College of Charleston comes out on Saturday against Kent State.
I think the Cougars tend to play to the level of their competition, but one thing that has plagued them a little bit this season has been their slow starts.
The Cougars cannot afford a slow start against Kent State.
The Golden Flashes, much like the Cougars, have a balanced team with three starters averaging in double figures and all five averaging at least nine points a game. You can’t shut one guy down and expect to beat this team.
Watch for PF Darren Goodson. He’s a skilled player that can shoot the 3-pointer, a lot like Willis Hall, and he’s an exceptional passer, leading the team in assists.
Kent State hasn’t played since Dec. 4. Most teams have a break in December for exams, but a 17-day layoff is unusual. It’ll be interesting to see how they come out and how much rust they have.
I asked coach Wojcik about the change in the Cougars starting lineup against Old Dominion. Jonathan Burroughs-Cook and Anthony Thomas were put into the starting lineup in place of Joe Chealey and Canyon Barry.
“Joe had been getting into foul trouble in the first half and we were trying to make sure he’s on the floor as much as he can be,” Wojcik said. “I just wanted Canyon to get back to enjoying the game again. He’s got some added pressure on him because of who he is and I didn’t want him to feel like he’s got to make every shot.
“Canyon hit a game-winning shot against Old Dominion and Joe played 31 minutes and had a 4-to-1 assist to turnover ratio, so I think it worked out for everyone.”
I’ve thought for a while that Barry needed to come off the bench and Thomas should be starting. Thomas is a veteran and a solid defender and it looked like Barry had been pressing for the last two weeks to find his scoring touch.
I think that Chealey will still average 30 minutes a game if he starts or is on the bench.
Here’s the game story in the Akron Beacon Journal from Kent State’s loss to Bucknell.
Here’s a really good blog that Beacon Journal writer Stephanie Storm does on Kent State.
Here are some highlights from Kent State’s game with Bucknell. Fast forward to the 4:01 mark to get the men’s highlights.
Kent State (8-2) at College of Charleston (5-6)
When: Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: TD Arena
Series: CofC leads, 2-0.
Last Meeting: CofC def. Kent State, 80-73, in ESPN BracketBusters on Feb. 18, 2012 in Kent, Ohio
TV/Radio: WMMP/WTMZ 910-AM
College of Charleston
Coach: Doug Wojcik, 29-15, in 2nd season at CofC; 169-109 overall in 9th season.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (9.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 33.2 min)
#2 Johnathan Burroughs-Cook, G, 6-1, 175, Fr. (2.6 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.4 apg, 8.2 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (6.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 22.3 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (9.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 31.8 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.9 apg, 29.5 min)
Coach: Rob Senderoff, 50-28, in third season at Kent State.
PROJECTED KENT STATE STARTERS
#1 Kris Brewer, G, 6-3, 185, Jr. (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 26.8 min)
#23 Derek Jackson, G, 6-1, 175, RS-Jr. (11.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 30.0 min)
#0 Devareaux Manley, G, 6-4, 195, Jr. (9.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.4 apg, 23.1 min)
#42 Darren Goodson, F, 6-5, 245, Sr. (10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 25.1 min)
#13 Mark Henniger, F, 6-9, 230, Sr. (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.2 apg, 22.3 min)
COFC vs. KENT STATE ALL-TIME SERIES
W, 71-66 (+5) in Postseason NIT on 3/19/03 in Kent, Ohio
W, 80-73 (+7) in ESPN BracketBusters on 2/18/12 in Kent, Ohio
GOING FOR 500
College of Charleston is one game away from recording its 500th win since becoming a Division I program (499-191 overall record) in 1991-92. The Cougars claimed their first Division I win with a road upset of then-Metro Conference member Charlotte (68-54) under legendary head coach John Kresse in the team’s season opener on Nov. 23, 1991 in Charlotte, N.C. The 49ers would go on to earn a Top 25 national ranking and NCAA Tournament bid during CofC’s inaugural season as an NCAA member. Win No. 100 was clinched at Campbell under Kresse during the 1995-96 NIT campaign, Win No. 200 versus intercity rival Charleston Southern under Kresse in 1999-2000, Win No. 300 against Appalachian State in the regular season under former head coach Tom Herrion in 2003-04 and Win No. 400 versus UNCG in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament, where the Cougars played four games in a row en route to the title game, under former head coach Bobby Cremins in 2008-09. In only eight seasons of play in the 1990s, Charleston won 82 percent (191-42) of its contests which would have ranked second only to Kansas (82.7%) in that 10-year time period in the NCAA Division I record book for winningest schools by decade followed by Kentucky (81.7%), Arizona (901%) and Duke (77.7%).
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON MILESTONE NCAA DIVISION I VICTORIES
No. 1 – CofC at Charlotte (68-54) on Nov. 23, 1991 in Charlotte, N.C.
No. 100 – CofC at Campbell (76-74) on Jan. 28, 1996 in Buies Creek, N.C.
No. 200 –CofC vs. Charleston Southern (68-49) on Jan. 5, 2000 in North Charleston, S.C.
No. 300 –CofC vs. Appalachian State (65-63) on Feb. 9, 2004 in Charleston, S.C.
No. 400 –CofC vs. UNCG (69-56) at SoCon Tournament on March 6, 2009 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
No. 500 – ??
COFC ALL-TIME TOP 15 CAREER REBOUNDING LIST
1. Ken Gustafson (1971-75) – 1,484
2. Thaddeous Delaney (1994-97) – 1,119
3. John Drafts (1974-78) – 1,009
4. Jermaine Johnson (2006-09) – 949
5. Sam Meade (1970-74) – 846
6. Greg Mack (1981-85) – 842
7. Jody Lumpkin (1998-01) – 710
8. Kevan Elliott (1973-77) – 705
9. Antwaine Wiggins (2007-12) – 702
10. Sedric Webber (1996-99) – 694
11. Jeremy Simmons (2007-11) – 681
12. Trent Wiedeman (2010-13) – 650
13. Willis Hall (2009-Present) – 636
14. Ahdonus Cofer (1988-92) – 615
15. Mike Benton (2000-04) – 613
16. Adjehi Baru (2011-Present) – 559
They Said It:
“We are finding ways to win and we are shooting free throws well. For the most part, we had a really good inside presence at Old Dominion. I thought Joe Chealey responded coming off of the bench and playing a really great floor game for us. David Wishon had his best game of his college career, as a sophomore, which will only make us better as far as our size and physicality goes. Willis Hall has been really consistent scoring the basketball for us over the last couple of games.” – CofC Coach Doug Wojcik.
“We need to come out and play with intensity and crash the glass offensively on Saturday. … Every team we play can’t just focus on one player to guard on our team. They have to prepare for us as a whole. We are excited to play Kent State before having some time to go home and see our family and friends over the holiday break.” – CofC Senior Small Forward Anthony Thomas on the matchup with Kent State on Saturday