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VUSports previews Wednesday's match-up between #2 AP, Villanova and the visiting College of Charleston Cougars ...

Villanova (5-0, #2 AP) takes on College of Charleston (3-2) at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Pavilion (TV: FS1, Radio: 610 Sports, VUSports Live Chat).  The game is considered part of the Gildan Charleston Classic even though Villanova already won that event.

The two programs have met twice before - with both games taking place in the Jay Wright era.  Villanova lost the Great Alaska Shootout Championship Game in November of 2002 to College of Charleston (69-71) and then won a rematch in the opening round of the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands by a score of 81-68 in November of 2006.

The Cougars, coached by 3rd year, Head Coach, Earl Grant, compete in the CAA for basketball.  They started their season with wins over The Citadel (81-68), at Coastal Carolina (71-64), and Boise St. (60-47) but are now on a two game losing streak after falling to UCF (60-40) and Wake Forest (78-61) in Charleston this past weekend.  Pre-season, the Cougars were generally picked to finish 4th in the CAA,

Taking a look at the match-up from a Four Factors perspective:

VUSports (data per Kenpom.com)

… a few things are worth noting:

  • the Cougars are a poor shooting team so far this season (26.7% from 3 in addition to the poor Effective FG%)
  • College of Chas. has done a great job of drawing fouls and getting to the FT line
  • the Cougars are a poor offensive rebounding team (perhaps a break for VU after facing some skilled rebounding teams)
  • the College of Chas. defense forces a lot of turnovers
  • ‘Nova both takes good care of the ball and shoots it with efficiency (resulting in an Adjusted Offensive efficiency of 120.2 (2nd in the country))
  • ‘Nova has not done well grabbing offensive rebounds
  • The Cats don’t draw a lot of fouls

other stats that stand out:

  • Villanova is allowing opponents to shoot 54.9% from two-point range
  • The Cougar offense does not allow opponents to steal the ball with much frequency (3rd best % in the country)
  • Overall, Charleston ranks 233rd in offensive efficiency nationally and 49th defensively 
  • Villanova ranks #2 in offense and #9 in defense.

Cougar Players:

Joe Chealey (6-4, 195, Jr, PG) 15.6 PPG, 2.4 APG, 25% 3PFG, 111.7 ORtg.  Missed last season due to injury but returns as the starting PG this season.  Takes good care of the ball and helps College of Charleston to play at a methodical pace.  Takes nearly 30% Shots.  Excellent FT shooter (85.7%)

Jarrell Brantley (6-7, 250, Soph, Forward) 12.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 30% 3PFG, 92.1 ORtg.  Skilled defensive rebounder.  Named CAA Rookie of the Year last season and picked up preseason All-CAA Team recognition from some prognosticators.  82.1% FT.  Plays both the 4 and the 5 spots.

Cameron Johnson (6-4, 200, Jr, Wing/Guard) 7.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 85.1 ORtg.  Johnson is off to a slow start offensively this season - shooting 26.7% 2PFG and 32.3% total FG.  He has managed to shoot 6-16 (37.5%) 3PFG.  He was more efficient as a Frosh/Soph - shooting 43.6% from two-point range.

Marquise Pointer (6-0, 200, Soph, Combo Guard) 5.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 20% 3PFG, 70.2 ORtg.  Plays about 60% of the game for the Cougars - some minutes at the 2G and the back-up PG minutes.  He is adept at stealing the ball.

Payton Hulsey (6-5, 225, Sr., Forward) 4.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.4 SPG, 47.1% FT, 33% FG, 33% 3PFG, 93.6 ORtg.  Plays both forward spots.  Another player who looks to get in the passing lanes with frequency.

Grant Riller (6-3, 185, Fr., Wing Guard) 9.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 108.4 ORtg, 46.7% FG, 16.7% 3PFG, 88.9% FT.  Scoring the ball well (while playing only 18.2 MPG) despite making only 2-12 3PFG.

Nick Harris (6-10, 250, Soph, Center) 4.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 0.6 BPG, 20.4 MPG, 107.0 ORtg.  Doesn’t demand touches in the low post.  More of a rebounding and defending big man.  Shooting only 36.4% from the field despite taking all 2PFG attempts.

Chevez Goodwin (6-9, 205, Fr, F/C) 1.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 BPG, 63.6 ORtg.  The Freshman focuses on defense and rebounding while he tries to break the code on scoring at the collegiate level.  33.3%FG and 20% FT.  Has shot-blocking skills.

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