Previewing Charleston

The Tar Heels open the New Year in Charleston with a Monday game against Bobby Cremins' Cougars. Tip-off at the Carolina First Arena is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.

North Carolina (11-3) vs. Charleston (7-6)
Charleston, S.C. -- Carolina First Arena (5,100)
7:00 p.m., ESPNU (Mike Gleason, Bob Wenzel)


"Everybody was having fun [on Saturday]. It was good for us to get some rest and for other people to get some experience in the game. I think everybody had fun out there. We came out and hit them first. We came out and played well. Every game that we play well together, everybody gets a little more confidence. We don't want to get overconfident. But I think it's good to have a game like this. We're learning. That's a good thing for everyone." – College of Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock following his team's win over S.C. State

"I don't know anyone in basketball who doesn't like Bobby Cremins." – UNC broadcaster Woody Durham in a recent interview with The Post and Courier


Season to Date: College of Charleston enters Monday's contest with a 7-6 (3-0 SoCon) record. After a 1-3 start punctuated by an 86-69 loss to Tennessee, the Cougars reeled off four straight wins before falling to Clemson, 94-55, at Littlejohn Coliseum on Dec. 19. Bobby Cremins' squad lost three of four games for the second time on the season before ringing in the New Year with an 88-73 victory over S.C. State on Saturday.

The Mad Bomber: Andrew Goudelock serves as the College of Charleston's primary scoring threat with a 17.9-points-per-game average. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound guard is attempting nearly 26 percent of the Cougars' total field goals (200 of 777) and is shooting 46 percent from the floor (92-of-200). Goudelock earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors during the 2008-09 season and was voted as the 2009-10 Preseason SoCon Player of the Year. The Lilburn, Ga. native is connecting on 35.6 percent of his 3-point attempts (31-of-87).

The Good News on the Boards: Jeremy Simmons has led the Cougars in rebounding in 11 of 13 games this season. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior is averaging 8.8 boards to go along with his 13.3 points per outing. Simmons has 25 blocks to his credit and is knocking down an impressive 60.6 percent of his field goal attempts (66-of-109).

The Bad News on the Boards: College of Charleston ranks dead last in the SoCon standings in rebounding margin with a minus-12.3 mark. The Cougars are allowing their opponents to pull down 43.2 rebounds per contest will only managing 30.8 of their own.

Trouble Staying on the Floor: Casaan Breeden scored a career-high 20 points in just 20 minutes of work against S.C. State on Saturday, highlighting the Florida State transfer's potential in the post. But the 6-foot-8, 200-pound senior is averaging just 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game, thanks in large part to his tendency for ill-advised contact. The former South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year is averaging 3.8 fouls per contest – that's one foul every 5.7 minutes.

Last Meeting: North Carolina defeated the College of Charleston, 108-70, on Jan. 7, 2009, in the Smith Center. Tyler Hansbrough led all scorers with 24 points, knocking down 10 of his 13 field goal attempts in his ninth consecutive 20-point game. Ty Lawson added 15 points and eight assists, while Deon Thompson (15 points, six rebounds), Danny Green (14 points) and Wayne Ellington (10 points) also scored in double figures.

Series History: North Carolina leads the series with the College of Charleston, 3-2. Prior to last season's meeting, the two programs played four straight seasons from 1998-99 to 2001-02 in the Tournament of Champions in Charlotte.

Projected Starters:
32 Tony White (6-0, 150, Sr.) – 9.4 ppg, 3.2 apg
3 Andrew Goudelock (6-1, 200, Jr.) – 17.9 ppg, 3.4 apg
1 Donavan Monroe (6-2, 205, Jr.) – 11.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
42 Casaan Breeden (6-8, 200, Sr.) – 7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg
21 Jeremy Simmons (6-8, 230, So.) – 13.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg

Top Reserves:
53 Willis Hall (6-6, 215, Fr.) – 4.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg
4 Andrew Lawrence (6-1, 185, Fr.) – 4.2 ppg

Location: Charleston, S.C.
Enrollment: 11,088
Conference: Southern
Nickname: Cougars
Colors: Maroon & White
Head Coach: Bobby Cremins
Record at CC: 72-43

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