Championship Week Preview- SoCon
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW
3 Players to Watch
Donald Sims (Appalachian State)- The Southern Conference Player of the Year led the league in scoring, averaging 20.4 ppg.
Andrew Goudelock (Charleston)- 2nd in the conference in scoring, averaging 19.2 ppg.
Noah Dahlman (Wofford)- Averaged 17.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg for the 1st place Terriers.
Projected Championship Game- 1S. Wofford (23-8) (15-3) vs 2S. College of Charleston (20-10) (14-4)
Wofford and Charleston have been hovering at the top of the SoCon Standing all season long. Western Carolina and Appalachian State have had successful seasons as well. Charleston’s signature win came against North Carolina. Of course, the Tar Heels aren’t the normal Tar Heels, but the win had Charleston fans excited about a possible NCAA Tournament appearence. Wofford has some solid out of conference wins too. They beat South Carolina at home, and Georgia on the road.
Charleston is led by former Georgia Tech head coach, Bobby Cremins. Andrew Goudelock and Tony White Jr. form arguably the best backcourt in the conference. They like to push the ball and they can stroke it from 3. Jeremy Simmons is a solid forward. Charleston lost to Chattanooga in last year’s SoCon Championship Game.
Wofford was a trendy sleeper pick before the regular season, and the Terriers may have exceeded expectations. They are a good defensive squad in the half-court. They take care of the rock and hit the boards. Wofford has won 19 of their last 21 games.
Prediction– Charleston, I like the experience of the Wildcats. They have a coach who has gotten the job done before, and I like their backcourt.
Projected NCAA Tournament Seed– Charleston (14)