Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Dean E. Smith Center
5:30 p.m. -- Fox Sports Net
Announcers - Ron Thulin, Dan Bonner, Debbie Antonelli
"Last year was an incredible game, a great atmosphere. It's a great honor to play North Carolina, and I can't thank Roy enough for the series. Last year it made our season-ticket sales." – College of Charleston head coach Bobby Cremins
"I'm pretty sure they're going to take us real serious. I'm pretty sure they want some 'get-back.' They're going to come out with a lot of fire. But as long as we match their intensity, we should be all right." – Cougars guard Donavan Monroe told the Charleston Post and Courier earlier this week
Season to Date: College of Charleston enters Sunday's contest with a 4-2 record. The Cougars, coming off its third 20-win season in four years under Bobby Cremins, dropped its season opener at Maryland (75-74) after Terrapins freshman Pe'Shon Howard hit the game winner with three seconds remaining. Cremins' squad has defeated Holy Cross, Coastal Carolina, Illinois-Chicago and Toledo, while losing its only other game to Rhode Island (75-66) in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Rankings: The Cougars rank 18th in the current CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.
Stone Cold Bomber: For North Carolina fans, Andrew Goudelock's selection as the 2010-11 Preseason Southern Conference Player of the Year comes as no surprise. The Stone Mountain, Ga. native lit up the Tar Heels last January with four treys and 24 points and eventually earned his second-straight All-SoCon first-team honors. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is averaging 23.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game during his senior season, and already owns the school record for career 3-pointers made (286). Goudelock needs just 304 points to become the program's all-time leading scorer.
Accolades Galore: Goudelock is not the only reason College of Charleston was picked second in the SoCon preseason poll behind defending champion Wofford. Senior guard Donavan Monroe was an All-SoCon second-team selection in '09-‘10 and is currently averaging 8.8 points and 2.5 assists per contest this season. Sophomore forward Willis Hall (9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg) earned SoCon All-Freshman team honors last year and 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward Jeremy Simmons (16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg) is the league's defending Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was named to 2010-11 Preseason All-SoCon squad.
Sharp Shooting: According to the school's sports information department, the Cougars currently rank 16th nationally in field goal percentage (50.3 percent, 169-of-336). That statistic is helped along by the efficiency of a trio of players connecting on better than 50 percent of their attempts – Simmons (65.5), Hall (54.5) and freshman Trent Wiedeman (80.0). Three more players are knocking down 40 percent of their long range bombs, led by Antwaine Wiggins (46.2) and Goudelock (42.9).
On the Wrong Side of Things: There are two critical statistical categories that the College of Charleston needs to improve on if they are hoping for a NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cougars' starting frontcourt stands 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-8, which explains their minus-1.3 rebounding margin. But with four fourth-year players in the starting lineup, the team's minus-0.7 turnover margin is baffling.
Last Meeting: The College of Charleston upset No. 9 North Carolina, 82-79, in overtime on Jan. 4, 2010. UNC used a 12-3 spurt to build a 72-61 lead with 4:02 to play, but the Cougars outscored the Tar Heels 12-1 down the stretch to force overtime, capped by Goudelock's 3-pointer – and eighth-straight point – with 2.1 seconds left to play. Goudelock led all scorers with 24 points. Ed Davis scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Deon Thompson added 17 points and seven rebounds for UNC.
Series History: The all-time series between the Tar Heels and Cougars is tied, 3-3.
1 Donavan Monroe (6-3, 205, Sr.) – 8.8 ppg, 2.5 apg
3 Andrew Goudelock (6-2, 200, Sr.) – 23.0 ppg, 4.5 apg
30 Antwaine Wiggins (6-7, 185, Jr.) – 6.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
53 Willis Hall (6-6, 235, So.) – 9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg
21 Jeremy Simmons (6-8, 230, Sr.) – 16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg
4 Andrew Lawrence (6-1, 185, So.) – 6.8 ppg, 2.5 apg
44 Trent Wideman (6-8, 240, Fr.) – 6.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg
Location: Charleston, S.C.
Colors: Maroon & White
Head Coach: Bobby Cremins (5th season)
2009-10 Record: 22-12 (14-4)