The CAA is full of parity except on the top and bottom of the league. Delaware is running away with the regular season title and UNC Wilmington can’t buy a conference win.
If ever there was a statement game for the College of Charleston, this is it.
If the Cougars are going to be a viable threat to win the conference tournament, a win against Delaware on the road would be a huge step in the right direction.
The Blue Hens have won 11 straight games and opened their CAA schedule with a school-record nine wins. They lead the league in scoring, averaging more than 80 points a game.
They have three legit All-CAA First Team players in Devon Saddler, Davon Usher and Carl Baptiste. Four of their five starters average double figures. But one of their top players G/F Jarvis Threatt and Marvin King-Davis are suspended for a month for violating athletic department rules. Threatt was averaging nearly 18 points a game and gave the Blue Hens a three-headed monster that few teams in the CAA have been able to stop.
If the Blue Hens have a weakness it’s on the glass. The Cougars should be able to use that to their advantage and getting second chance points could be the difference in the game.
If the Cougars shoot well, and they are the second best 3-point shooting team in the CAA, and can get some second-chance points, they’ve got an excellent chance to win.
Tempo will be another key, if the game is in the 80s, the Cougars don’t have a shot. But if it’s in the 60s, CofC should come out with the victory. CofC needs to work the shot clock, make Delaware defend them for 25-to-30 seconds and then convert.
It should be a fun game to watch the contrasting styles.
Here’s a story from The News Journal on Delaware’s win over Northeastern on Monday night.
Here are some highlights of Delaware’s win over Northeastern in January:
College of Charleston (12-11, 4-4) at Delaware (17-7, 9-0)
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) in Newark, DE.
Series: CofC leads, 2-0.
Last Meeting: CofC def. Delaware, 80-75 (OT), on Dec. 21, 2000 in Charleston, S.C.
Radio: WTMZ 910-AM
College of Charleston
Coach: Doug Wojcik, 36-22, in 2nd season at CofC; 176-113 overall in 9th season.
PROJECTED COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STARTERS
#22 Anthony Stitt, G, 6-1, 180, Jr. (10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 34.0 min)
#11 Nori Johnson, G/F, 6-5, 209, Sr. (7.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 19.3 min)
#3 Anthony Thomas, SF, 6-7, 207, Sr. (7.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 25.0 min)
#53 Willis Hall, F, 6-6, 235, Sr. (12.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 32.1 min)
#1 Adjehi Baru, F, 6-9, 225, Jr. (9.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 29.7 min)
PROJECTED DELAWARE STARTERS
Coach: Monte Ross, 107-138, in 8th season at Delaware and overall.
#0 Davon Usher, G, 6-6, 200, Sr. (17.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 36.5 min)
#10 Devon Saddler, G, 6-2, 210, Sr. (21.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 36.1 min)
#13 Kyle Anderson, G, 6-3, 200, Jr. (11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 34.2 min)
#11 Devonne Pinkard, F, 6-6, 205, Fr. (3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 18.9 min)
#33 Carl Baptiste, F, 6-9, 260, Sr. (10.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 26.8 min)
DEFENSIVE STATE OF MIND
College of Charleston played one of its best defensive games against Hofstra. It was the fifth game this season in which the Cougars held an opponent to 49 points or less. The Pride also shot an opponent season-low 27.1 percent (16-of-59) from the floor and 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from three-point land.
Opponent PPG Prior To Game Final Points In Game
vs. Cal State Fullerton 70.6 48 (-22.6)
at Old Dominion 67.1 44 (-23.1)
at The Citadel 71.8 48 (-23.8)
at Northeastern 67.7 49 (-18.7)
vs. Hofstra 68.0 49 (-19.0)
They Said It:
“We will go up there and treat it like any other road trip. They have to guard us, too. Delaware is really good. (Devon) Saddler is a great player. He has scored 2,000 points in his career. If you score 2,000 points, that is pretty impressive. (Carl) Baptiste is a big, strong kid inside and is playing well. What they have is offense over everybody else in this league. They have offense, offense, offense and we’ve got to find a way to stop it.” – CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik.
“I watched Delaware’s game against Northeastern. I know they’ve got a really good point guard and they’ve got some scorers on the court. We are a really good defensive team and that’s what we pride ourselves on. I have confidence in our defense. We’ll have a great game plan to go up there and execute.” – CofC Guard Anthony Stitt.