College of Charleston Cougars (0-0, 0-0 Southern Conference0
Maryland Terrapins (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
7 p.m. Comcast Center, College Park, Maryland
Last Matchup: March 13, 1977; Cougars defeated Terps in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
Cougars: Andrew Goudelock (16 ppg), Donavan Monroe (11 ppg), Willis Hall (11 ppg), Andrew Lawrence (11 ppg)
The Cougars will come to College Park Wednesday night to face off against the Terrapins. The team features three returning starters – Andrew Goudelock, Tony White Jr. and Antwaine Wiggins; six returning lettermen – Garrett Campbell, Donavan Monroe, Quasim Pugh, Jeremy Simmons, Matt Sundberg and Jordan Turok; and four newcomers – Casaan Breeden, Willis Hall, Andrew Lawrence and Rashad Wright.
Goudelock and Monroe, the teams starting guards, are the most dynamic scoring threats. In the Cougars first exhibition, Goudelock led the team with 16 points, four assists and three rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the three-point line. He provides senior leadership as a combo guard. His partner in crime, Monroe, is also a senior. He contributed 11 points, three boards and two dimes versus Francis Marion last week.
The team features a solid sixth man in guard Andrew Lawrence, who scored 11 points in 22 minutes in the exhibition. Lawrence is a sophomore from London, England, where he was named the British U18 Player of the Year.
The Cougars are a threat when shooting from long-range. The team shot 31 percent from the three-point stripe against Francis Marion, very close to the same percentage they shot in 2009.
The Cougars have been turnover-prone thus far with the basketball. They exhibited a 20-18 assist-to-turnover ratio against Francis Marion. They also struggle with free throws, as the team collectively shot 65 percent.
Last season, the Cougars scored an average of 75 points per contest. They shot less than 50 percent from the field, but sported a .371 three-point shot percentage, good for almost 10 per game. They collectively shot less than 75 percent from the line, were outrebounded by almost nine boards per game and averaged about 13 assists per game. The Cougars had a turnover margin of +2 in 2009.
Matching up with the Terps
Head-to-head, the Terps should be able dominate inside against the Cougars with big man Jordan Williams on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The Cougars are vulnerable to being outrebounded and they have no player able to match up with Williams. In other statistics, the Terps averaged more points, shot better from the field and from long distance and averaged seven more boards per game.
Keys to the Game
Establish Jordan Williams on the interior
Improve ball-handling, force turnovers
Limit three-point attempts
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