Boston College (1-2) vs. College of Charleston (1-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena ( 5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: ESPN3. Home Record: BC 1-0, CofC 1-2. Away Record: BC 0-0, CofC 0-0. Neutral Record: BC 0-2, CofC 0-0. Conference Record: BC 0-0, CofC 0-0. Series Record: First-ever Meeting.
GAME NOTES: The hosting College of Charleston Cougars will try to close out the Charleston Classic with a win when they meet the Boston College Eagles in the seventh-place game.
This will be the first encounter between these schools on the basketball court.
Boston College came to South Carolina with a 1-0 record after it tamed the FIU Panthers for an 84-70 win its season opener. The Eagles submitted a strong performance in their tourney opening loss to No. 16 Baylor, but they digressed in their 87-71 loss to Dayton on Friday. BC went ice cold from the floor late in the loss to the Flyers, as it made just one field over the final 8:47 of the contest.
The Cougars and new head coach Doug Wojcik are off to a 1-2 start after Friday's 55-51 loss to Auburn in their second round game. Charleston struggled on the offensive end and made only 18-of-47 field goal attempts versus the Tigers. It also missed eight free throws in the four-point loss. The Cougars opened up their 2012-2013 season with a 17-point win over Towson. They then suffered a 64-53 loss to St. John's in the opening round of the Charleston Classic.
BC was one of the bottom dwellers of the Atlantic Coast Conference last season for a few different reasons. It lacked experience, leadership, and depth. The Eagles started four freshmen and one transfer, which led to a 59.9 ppg scoring average. Despite their struggles in the tournament so far, it appears more than one of those issues has been resolved. Ryan Anderson has emerged as a future star in the early stages of his sophomore campaign with averages of 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Freshman Olivie Hanlan made his mark with 11 points and four rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Patrick Heckmann has been up and down to average 9.7 ppg. Freshman guard Joe Rahon stood out in Friday's loss as he finished with a team-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and added four assists.
The Cougars are one of two programs in the NCAA with a participant from the 2012 London Summer Games on their roster. Senior point guard Andrew Sullivan was a member of the Great Britain National Team after being named o the 2011-2012 All-Southern Conference Second Team. Lawrence has been decent so far with 11.5 ppg on 57.1 percent shooting from the field. He is also dishing out 3.5 assists and recording two steals per contest. Junior forward Trent Wiedeman is off to a slow start in what use to be his specialty. After averaging 8.7 rebounds per game as a junior, the 6-8 post player is collecting only 4.7 per contest through three games. Anthony Stitt and Nori Johnson's love of 3-point shooting benefits from the defensive attention on Lawrence's drives and Wiedeman's post moves.
The Cougars are a decent team in the Southern Conference, but they are not on the same level as teams from big time conferences. The Eagles went toe-to-toe with a tough Baylor squad before cooling off on Friday. BC should be able to bounce back as Charleston's home advantage has not overwhelmed its prior opponents.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 70, College of Charleston 66
11/18 10:43:11 ET