I think the College of Charleston’s game against Davidson is going to tell us a lot about the Cougars team this season.
I think it’s a barometer game for the Cougars. A win on the road against Davidson will be a good omen going into their first CAA conference schedule. A loss, and it’ll end up being more of the same – a roller coaster season.
The Cougars have not had a whole lot of success against Davidson over the years, just look at the overall record in the series, which the Wildcats have dominated, 53-14. Davidson has won the last three games, but hold a 6-4 advantage in the last 10 match-ups between the two schools.
It’ll be interesting to see who starts for the Cougars. Will Cougars head coach Doug Wojcik go with Anthony Stitt and Joe Chealey in the backcourt, or will it be Stitt and Canyon Barry. Chealey’s knee is OK, so that shouldn’t be an issue and I think Anthony Thomas has earned a starting spot with the way he’s been playing.
Another interesting thing to watch out for will be how much time senior guard Nori Johnson gets. He’s coming off his best performance of the season against The Citadel when he came off the bench to hit on four 3-pointers. If you read between the lines in my game story from the Citadel game, you can deduce that Nori was kept on the bench during the first half of the season because of some academic issues. With those behind him, he’ll be on the floor more in the second half of the season.
Don’t be fooled by Davidson’s record, they’ve played a very tough non-conference schedule. They’ve played five ranked-teams, including Duke, UNC and Wichita State.
They’re still a good basketball team. They’ve had some injuries to key players like De’Mon Brooks, which have hurt them early in the season.
Brooks was a huge factor in the game up at Davidson a year ago. I think the play of back-up center David Wishon will be a key. Having fouls to give against Brooks will be crucial.
Here’s a game story from Davidson’s game with Wichita State in the Charlotte Observer.
Here are some game highlights against CAA opponent Drexel.
College of Charleston (6-7) at Davidson (4-9)
When: Wednesday, 2 p.m.
Where: Belk Arena, Davidson, N.C
Series: Davidson leads, 53-14.
Last Meeting: Davidson def. CofC, 74-55, on March 11, 2013 at SoCon Tournament in Asheville, N.C.
TV/Radio: CSS/WTMZ 910-AM
College of Charleston
Coach: Doug Wojcik, 30-16, in 2nd season at CofC; 170-110 overall in 9th season.
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 33.8 min)
#24 Canyon Barry, G, 6-6, 195, RS-Fr. (10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 26.2 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 22.5 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (10.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 31.4 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (10.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 29.5 min)
Coach: Bob McKillop, 456-288, in 25th season at Davidson.
PROJECTED Davidson STARTERS
#3 Brian Sullivan, G, 5-11, 175, So. (13.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 32.2 min)
#4 Tyler Kalinoski, G, 6-4, 175, Jr. (11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 34.0 min)
#23 Tom Droney, G, 6-6, 200, Sr. (11.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 32.5 min)
#24 De’Mon Brooks, F, 6-7, 230, Sr. (15.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 27.6 min)
#35 Chris Czerapowicz, G/F, 6-7, 200, Sr. (7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.8 apg, 23.7 min)
LAST 10 GAMES IN THE SERIES
L, 55-74^ in Asheville, N.C. on 3/11/13
L, 59-75 in Charleston, S.C. on 2/14/13
L, 68-77 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/14/13
W, 86-78 in Charleston, S.C. on 2/11/12
L, 69-87 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/19/12
L, 64-75 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/29/11
W, 82-73 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/2/10
L, 71-86 in Davidson, N.C. on 1/28/10
W, 67-55 in Charleston, S.C. on 12/5/09
W, 59-52^ in Chattanooga, Tenn. on 3/8/09
^ SoCon Tournament
CofC and Davidson have played one common opponent. Both squads defeated Charlotte – the Cougars, 83-82, on Nov. 12, and the Wildcats, 87-78, in overtime on Dec. 4
They Said It:
“Davidson is another great rivalry for us. They have played a very tough schedule – Duke, North Carolina and Wichita State most recently. We have played a tough (non-conference) schedule, too. We are looking forward to it and expect a great game. All of our kids, Willis (Hall), Judson (Hall), (Anthony) Stitt and David (Wishon), are from the Charlotte area, so it’s a good game for them to play in front of their family and friends. We signed a four-year contract with Davidson and will play there this season and at our place next season and so forth. We will try to find better dates on both of our schedules when we can. When looking at the rivalries in the Southern Conference, basketball wise, Davidson was the right one to do along with The Citadel. Like College of Charleston, Davidson has high academics and basketball tradition. I like to think I’m trying to build my program like Coach (Bob) McKillop has at Davidson. They have good kids and are well coached. It should be a good game on New Year’s Day.” – College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik.
“Davidson is always a fun rivalry game to play in. It’s always great competition and a great game. They always have a good team. Coach (Bob) McKillop always has them prepared and ready to play. It’s always a tough match. You have to be prepared and ready to play. I’m looking forward to it.” – CofC Senior Forward Willis Hall on the Davidson rivalry and returning home to the Charlotte area
“Every game against the College of Charleston has been a battle for us. They played us so hard at our place a year ago. I don’t see this game being any different. They are one of the best defensive teams we’ll see all season and they are tenacious on the glass,” McKillop said. “We have got to keep them off the offensive boards if we’re going to have a chance against them.” – Davidson coach Bob McKillop