College of Charleston- Nov 24th 8pm CST (Waco)
Record in 2011-12: 19-12
Starters Returning: 4
Coach: Doug Wojcik (1st year at College of Charleston); 140-92 at Tulsa- no NCAA trips
G: 6-1 185 lbs Andrew Lawrence (SR); 13 ppg; 6 assts; 40% FG (34% 3pt); 75% FT; 2 steals
Charleston is 2-2 on the year but two of their games come with asterisks. They beat Boston College without Boston College's best player- Ryan Anderson. They also lost a game to Auburn by 4 without their top player- Andrew Lawrence. Lawrence gained a lot of valuable experience playing on Great Britain's Olympic team this past summer alongside Luol Deng. Lawrence does a good job taking care of the ball: 2/1 assist/turnover ratio last year. This year he has struggled some with the turnovers- 10 in 3 games versus 9 assists. He's an experienced guard who can give Baylor a lot of problems- he gets to the free throw line a lot (over 4 attempts per game last year).
G: 6-1 180 lbs Anthony Stitt (SO); 10 ppg; 2 reb; 1 steal; 45% FG (37% 3pt); 59% FT
Stitt puts up a lot of 3 pointers- over 4 per game this year. He has hit 41% of those. His best game last year came against UMass- 23 points on 9-14 shooting. He is capable of putting up big numbers. He was hurt during a lot of their conference season last year, but returned for the last 3 games.
F: 6-7 210 lbs Anthony Thomas (JR); juco transfer- 15 ppg; 7 reb at juco
Thomas is averaging 9 ppg and 7 rebounds in his first four games with Charleston.
F: 6-9 225 lbs Adjehi Baru (SO); 8 ppg; 6 reb; 1 block; 48% FG; 51% FT
Baru is a big active body inside. He's averaging 8 rebounds per game this year. He is not a a big time shot blocker- less than one per game; and not good from the free throw line (33% this year). I would bet Baylor's strategy will be to put him on the line if he gets the ball inside the paint.
F: 6-8 255 lbs Trent Wiedeman (JR); 12 ppg; 9 reb; 48% FG; 69% FT
Wiedeman is their banger. He did not play against Boston College- sprained his ankle. His status for the game against Baylor is uncertain. It would be a big blow for Charleston if he does not play. They need his size and rebounding to compete with the Bears inside.
Bench for Charleston:
Forward: 6-6 235 lbs Willis Hall (JR); didn't play last year
Hall was a big part of Charleston's attack as a sophomore- 26 minutes; 8 ppg; 6 reb. So far this year, he is averaging 15 min; 4 ppg and 3 rebounds. He was the beneficiary of the minutes that Wiedeman was playing against BC- 30 min and grabbed 11 rebounds; 8 pts.
Forward: 6-8 200 lbs Matt Sundberg (SR); 6 ppg; 4 reb
Sundberg has seen his minutes cut so far this year- from 22 to 8 per game. He is averaging 4 points and 2 rebounds in 4 games.
Guard: 6-5 210 lbs Nori Johnson (JR); 6 ppg; 2 reb; 1 steal; 41% FG (35% 3pt); 65% FT
Johnson is averaging 24 minutes per game this year; 5 ppg; 3 reb. He is off to a slow start shooting- 33% from the field.
Guard: 6-6 195 Theo Johnson (FR)
Theo Johnson is the freshman getting the most minutes. He played an average of 22 minutes per game in the Charleston Classic- averaging 6 points during the tourney. He grabbed 4 rebounds per game and is also averaging 2.5 blocks.
Strengths and Weaknesses
College of Charleston is average across the statistical board. They have been above average on defense in certain areas- field goal percentage defense; defensive rebounding and avoiding fouls. The one area where they have been really weak is forcing turnovers.
Offensively they are average on their shooting and rebounding numbers but have been poor in taking care of the ball- averaging over 14 turnovers per game during the Charleston Classic.
KenPom prediction: Baylor 79 College of Charleston 62
They have beaten some really good teams over the last few years- including a big upset over North Carolina two years ago- video attached.