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Charleston Classic Preview

Villanova is in Charleston for the Charleston Classic this week. VUSports will preview the bracket and teams here as the tournament progresses ...

Villanova's first game in the Charleston Classic is against Western Michigan - tipping off at 11:30 on Thursday on ESPN2.  The winner advances to play the winner of Wake Forest vs. UTEP on Friday at 1:30 on ESPN2.

Western Michigan, coached by Steve Hawkins, is picked to finish 4th in the Western Division of the Mid American Conference by most prognosticators.  They are 1-1 on the young season with a win over non-D-1 Marygrove and a 17-point, road loss to Oakland.  The stats are too useful two games into the season but Western Michigan is off to a rough start - shooting 20% from three-point range as a team and 40.4% from 2 point range - an effective FG% of 37.9.  The Broncos defense has struggled to force turnovers but has held opponents to the D1 average of 49.2% effective FG.

The Broncos are led by Junior, 6-3, Guard Thomas Wilder.  He is a combo-guard that can shoot the three and distribute the ball well while making good decisions.  He shot 37.6% from three-point range last season and had an ORtg of 109.7.  He is joined by PG, Bryce Moore (6-2, Soph), SF Tucker Haymond (6-6, Sr), PF Brandon Johnson (6-8, Frosh), and 7-0, Soph, Center, Seth Dugan.  Jarrin Randall  (5-11 Frosh) can back up either guard spot off the bench while 6-10, Junior, Forward, Drake Lamont gets the back-up minutes at the pivot.  Randall has not been shy about shooting despite being a Freshman - he has taken 34.2% of shots.

The Cats are projected to win 84-64 (97% probability) by Kenpom.  This is a "take care of business" game for the Cats.

Should the Cats advance, the most likely opponent is Wake Forest (projected to win 82-72 (81% win probability) over UTEP.

VUSports will have more on Wake Forest and UTEP later ...

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