Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Game #13: Charleston Southern

Charleston Southern Buccaneers

The Buccaneers of Charleston Southern travel to Cullowhee on Wednesday, December 18th to play the Catamounts at 7:00 pm in the Ramsey Center, seeking to break their current two game losing streak.

Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh is in his ninth season as head men’s basketball coach at Charleston Southern, and his Bucs were selected as the Big South - South Division favorite in the preseason poll of the league's coaches.  CSU returns three starters and eight letterwinners from the 2012-13 squad that won 19 games, and won the Big South South Division title, and played in the NIT.

Currently, the Bucs are 3-5 overall this season, and 1-3 on the road.  After eight games, the Bucs are averaging 86.2 points per game, with 47% field goal shooting and 74.7% from the free throw line. The three-point shot has fueled CSU’s offensive production this season, as the Bucs are shooting 40.2 percent as a team from deep and are third nationally with 11.4 made threes per game. The Bucs are also among the national leaders in assists per game (18th), three-point field goal percentage (21st) and assist-to-turnover ratio (28th).

The Bucs have five players averaging in double figures, junior guard Saah Nimley leads the Bucs in scoring with 15.0 ppg, followed by senior guard Sheldon Strickland with 11.9 ppg, junior guard Arlon Harper with 11.6 ppg, followed by senior guard Matt Kennedy with 10.6 ppg and junior forward Will Saunders with 10.2 ppg

The projected starters for CSU are guard Nimley, guard Harper, guard Kennedy ,senior forward Paul Gombwer (6-6 217), and senior center Alhaji Fullah (6-8, 235). Sheldon Strickland and Will Saunders are both averaging double figures scoring to lead the way for a Bucs’ bench that is producing in a big way so far this season.

This is a winnable home game, so lets protect the home court.

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