College Basketball Nation: Charleston Cougars

Video: Davidson 74, Charleston 55

March, 11, 2013
De'Mon Brooks scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Davidson to a 74-55 win over Charleston and to the Southern Conference title.'s Southern Conference preview

November, 1, 2012
Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Southern Conference, read Robbi Pickeral's profile of young UNCG coach Wes Miller and Myron Medcalf's breakdown of Davidson's nonconference schedule. And here is Eamonn Brennan's quick wind sprint through the league:

Here are Blue Ribbon's in-depth previews of all 12 SoCon teams: Insider

Appalachian State
The Citadel Insider Free College of Charleston
Georgia Southern
UNC Greensboro
Western Carolina

Bracket reveal: Charleston Classic

July, 26, 2012

Tournament bracket for the 2012 Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant

When and where: Nov. 15-16, 18 at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

Initial thoughts: This could turn out to be one of the better nonconference tournaments. ... Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight last season, Murray State went 31-2 and returns the bulk of its team and Colorado beat UNLV in the NCAA tourney and has plenty of momentum under Tad Boyle. ... Some of the country’s top freshmen post players will be in action. Baylor’s Isaiah Austin is projected as a top-five pick in next summer’s NBA draft. His teammate, Ricardo Gathers, was a top-40 recruit along with Colorado’s Josh Scott. ... It will be good to see St. John’s coach Steve Lavin back on the sideline. Lavin missed almost all of last season while recovering from prostate cancer. ... Archie Miller won 20 games in his first season as Dayton’s head coach in 2011-12. Will be interesting to see how the Flyers follow up. ... It also will be interesting to see what kind of improvements -- if any -- have been made at Auburn, which is regarded as one of the worst programs in the SEC but has recruited well lately. ... After the retirement of Bobby Cremins, College of Charleston has a new coach in Doug Wojcik, who spent the past seven seasons at Tulsa.

Matchup I can't wait to see: Dayton vs. Colorado. Of the four first-round games, this is probably the only one where both teams have the potential to earn NCAA tournament at-large berths. Colorado touts a potential lottery pick in forward Andre Roberson, who ranked fourth in the country in rebounding last season with 11.1 boards per game. Dayton returns three of its top five scorers, including Josh Benson, who missed the second half of last season with a knee injury.

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Nelson Chenault/US PresswireBaylor's Pierre Jackson, one of the nation's quickest point guards, has some sizeable help down low.
Potential matchup I'd like to see: Baylor vs. Murray State. Event organizers -- and college basketball fans -- would certainly be pleased with a championship game featuring two of the top five point guards in the nation. Pierre Jackson (Baylor) and Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), both Cousy Award finalists a year ago, would put on a hell of a show. The game, however, would likely be decided in the frontcourt. Murray’s Ed Daniel is poised for a breakthrough season, but the Racers might have trouble matching Baylor’s overall size and depth down low.

Five players to watch

Isaiah Austin, Baylor: The 7-foot freshman has a unique skill set. On offense, Austin is hardly limited to the paint. He has a nice touch from mid-range and can also handle the ball on the perimeter and swish 3-pointers. Austin is also expected to be one of the nation’s top shot-blockers.

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State: There may not be a better all-around point guard in the nation. Canaan shoots from long range, slashes to the basket with ferocity and generally makes good decisions. He averaged 19.0 points last season for a squad that went 31-2.

D'Angelo Harrison, St. John’s: As painful as it was to lose Maurice Harkless to the NBA draft, the Red Storm couldn’t be more excited about the return of Harrison, a shooting guard who averaged a team-high 16.8 points last season. Harrison, though, shot just 37 percent from the field, a number that will have to improve in 2012-13.

Pierre Jackson, Baylor: The 5-foot-10 junior-college transfer changed the culture of Baylor’s entire program last season by bringing swagger to a squad that was often criticized for being soft. Jackson averaged a team-high 13.8 points and 5.9 assists. There might not be a quicker point guard in America.

Andre Roberson, Colorado: The 6-7 Roberson may be a bit undersized in the paint, but that hardly showed last season when he averaged 11.6 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for a team that won the Pac-12 tournament before upsetting UNLV for its first NCAA victory in 15 years. Roberson will likely be a first-round pick in next summer’s NBA draft.

Title-game prediction

Baylor over Murray State: Isaiah Austin, Ricardo Gathers, Cory Jefferson and J’Mison Morgan will be too much for the Racers down low.

Whom others are picking:

Eamonn Brennan: Baylor over St. John's
Andy Katz: Baylor over Murray State
Myron Medcalf: Baylor over Murray State
Dana O'Neil: Murray State over Colorado

Video: Previewing the Battle 4 Atlantis

November, 23, 2011

Eamonn Brennan previews the field at the Battle 4 Atlantis, which begins Thanksgiving afternoon in the Bahamas. To read Brennan's written preview of the event, click here.'s SoCon preview

October, 25, 2011
Before we get to the Blue Ribbon team-by-team previews for the Southern Conference, here is Eamonn Brennan's one-minute wind sprint through the league:

Blue Ribbon breakdowns of all 12 teams in the SoCon:

Appalachian State
The Citadel InsiderFree
Georgia Southern
Western Carolina

More Southern content:

The numbers you need to know

March, 7, 2011
Inside the numbers behind Sunday’s top performances:

1. Ohio State made 14-of-15 from 3-point range in a 93-65 win over Wisconsin. The 93.3 percent mark is the best in Division I history (minimum 10 attempts). The Buckeyes made their final 14 3-point attempts after Jon Diebler missed his first with 13:42 remaining in the first half. The 14 consecutive 3s made also broke the D-I record of 11, set by both Niagara and Eastern Kentucky, who did so a week apart in 1987. Diebler went 7-for-8 from 3-point range and is 17-for-20 from downtown in his past two games. Overall, the Buckeyes shot 68.1 percent from the field, the highest against Wisconsin in 10 years.

2. The weekend brought us the two most efficient offensive performances of the season. On Saturday, Syracuse dismantled DePaul 107-59. The Orange averaged 1.50 points per possession, which was the most against a D-I opponent this season. However, that fact only lasted one day. In the aforementioned win over Wisconsin on Sunday, Ohio State averaged 1.56 points per possession. Ironically, before this weekend, Wisconsin’s 1.49 PPP against Northwestern in January was the high-water mark.

3. North Texas’ Tristan Thompson -- no, not the one who plays for Texas -- became just the ninth D-I player to hit 20 or more free throws without a miss in a game. Thompson went 20-for-20 from the line on his way to a career-high 36 points, as the Mean Green pulled off a 78-64 win in the Sun Belt quarters over regular-season champs Florida Atlantic. The last player to hit more free throws without a miss was Steve Nash in 1995. Thompson is the first player to go 20-for-20 or better in March since 1959, when Oklahoma State’s Arlen Clark set the record by shooting 24-for-24 against Colorado.

Most Free Throws in a Game Without a Miss, Last 20 Seasons
21-21: Steve Nash, Santa Clara vs. Saint Mary’s (1995)
20-20: Tristan Thompson, North Texas vs Florida Atlantic (2011)
20-20: Stefon Jackson, UTEP vs Marshall (2009)
20-20: Jeron Roberts, Wyoming vs UTEP (1998)
20-20: Donyell Marshall, Connecticut vs St. John’s (1994)

4. Charleston advanced to the Southern Conference title game with a 63-58 win over Furman, but it wasn’t easy. The Cougars trailed but four at halftime and didn’t retake the lead until 6:24 remained. Charleston shot just 33.3 percent, its lowest of the season. It’s the program’s lowest FG pct in a win since beating Stephen Curry and Davidson in the 2009 SoCon tournament while shooting just 32.8 pecent. Andrew Goudelock scored 31 points, but it was on 8-of-28 from the floor. That’s actually the second-most points in a game this season for a player shooting under 30 percent. In December, New Mexico State’s Troy Gillenwater had 32 points on 8-of-29 from the field against New Mexico.

5. The Isiah Thomas-coached Florida International squad had a rough one Sunday. The Panthers shot 22.9 percent from the field in a 73-38 loss to Middle Tennessee in the Sun Belt quarterfinals. That’s the lowest field goal percentage in a conference tournament game since Michigan shot 20.0 percent against Wisconsin in 2008.