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CAA Standings

1. W&M (5-1): # 72 RPI
2. Hofstra (4-2): # 81
Elon (4-2): # 94
NU (4-2): # 118
Delaware (4-2): # 227
6. Towson (3-3): # 69
Charleston (3-3): # 121
8. UNCW (2-4): # 291
9. Drexel (1-5): # 255
10. JMU (0-6): # 316


Efficiency Ratings (kenpom.com)

Charleston

Adjusted Offense: # 124
Adjusted Defense: # 130
Overall: # 125

UNCW

Adjusted Offense: # 186
Adjusted Defense: # 328
Overall: # 282


Charleston Projected Starters

PG Joe Chealey (Sr.): 17.6 ppg, 3.9 apg, 5.1 rpg
G Grant Riller (So.): 15.8 ppg, .508 FG %, 1.0 spg
G Cameron Johnson (Sr.): 8.8 ppg, .386 3-pt %, 3.4 rpg
PF Jarrell Brantley (Jr.): 17.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, .429 3-pt %
C Nick Harris (Jr.): 6.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg


The Cougars, picked to win the league by the CAA coaches, are underachieving at the moment. Sitting in a tie for 6th with another predicted high finisher, Towson, is not where expectations rested for this team through 6 league games.

But all that means is this team is a sleeping giant, and could be about to go on a run. Brantley is finally healthy coming off a knee injury in mid-November, and has been on a tear ever since being activated. Along with Senior leader Chealey, Charleston are a dangerous squad, and it will be very surprising to see them finishing any lower than 3rd in the CAA. The numbers bear that out as well, as Charleston's RPI and Efficiency numbers suggest they're better than their record indicates.

The Cougars are more balanced than they've ever been, as previously they were more of a defense-first squad under Head Coach Earl Grant. At first glance, it doesn't appear that way, as the Cougars rank last in the league in points per game (71.3) and first in fewest points allowed (65.8). But much like Northeastern, Charleston still plays at a very slow pace and relies on offensive efficiency to help them outscore opponents. No team in the league has attempted fewer shots (987, 54.8 per game).

Not only does Coach Grant stress efficiency, he also has seen his team thrive at taking care of the ball. Charleston leads the league in Turnover Margin (+2.11). Thus far, this is a nice improvement from last season (+1.13).

The one area where Charleston can be taken advantage of is on the glass. Despite the presence of 6-10 Harris and big, physical guards, Charleston still sits last in the league in Defensive Rebounding Percentage (.714) and 8th in Offensive Rebounding Percentage (.249). Thus, as long as Devontae Cacok stays healthy, the Seahawks have an edge here. Missed shots and easy rebounds could mean a couple things for Coach McGrath to work with: Transition opportunities, and perhaps more zone looks.
01-16-2018 02:19 PM
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http://uncwsports.com/news/2018/1/14/men...arena.aspx


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Seahawks, Cougars Collide At TD Arena

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - It's been nearly 10 months since UNCW and Charleston squared off in the 2017 CAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the North Charleston Coliseum, and the stakes will be high again when the two clubs meet Thursday at TD Arena.

The revamped Seahawks, 5-13 overall and 2-4 in the CAA, are trying to pick up some momentum for the stretch run of the season. The Cougars are 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the loop and want to keep pace with the circuit's frontrunners after being tabbed as the preseason favorite in the 10-team league.

"They have a lot of experience back from a team that was very successful last season," said UNCW Head Coach C.B. McGrath, who will be facing the Cougars for the first time. "They had three tough battles with UNCW last season. They're not happy with being 3-3 in the conference and we're not happy at 2-4. We're both going in there with the mindset that it's an important game.

"They'll be at home where they feel more comfortable. We won our last road game (at Elon), so our guys should know what we have to do to compete."

The Seahawks are looking to bounce back following a roller coaster 81-77 home loss in overtime to Northeastern last Saturday at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks have played back-to-back sudden death games for the first time since the 2005-06 season and are seeking their second straight road victory after opening the season with 10 consecutive losses away from home.

Coach Earl Grant's club, meanwhile, dropped into a tie for third place with a 63-58 loss at Elon on Saturday. The Phoenix overcame 37.5 percent shooting by outscoring the Cougars by 10 points after intermission and getting a season-high 23 points from Steven Santa Ana at Alumni Gym.

The Cougars are a perfect 8-0 at home and have won their three home conference games over Towson, Delaware and Northeastern by 11, 15 and 16 points. Senior guard Joe Chealey, the CAA's Preseason Player-of-the-Year, has not disappointed, starting all 18 contests and averaging a team-best 17.6 ppg.

"He's been around and does everything for them," McGrath said of the 6-4, 190-pound veteran. "He gets them into their stuff, competes, makes shots and makes plays. There's nothing unimpressive about him…he does a lot of things."

The Seahawks lead the series by a 13-11 margin, including the win in the 2017 title game. The regional rivals met for the first time on Jan. 29, 1990, and became even bigger rivals on Jan. 22, 2014, when the Cougars claimed a 75-70 win in Charleston's debut season in the conference. UNCW stands 9-2 against CofC since the Cougars joined the CAA in 2014-15.

UNCW has won nine out of the last 10 matchups between the two schools. The Seahawks reeled off eight straight wins before CofC edged UNCW, 67-66, on Feb. 2, 2017, marking the only home loss of the 2016-17 season in 14 games for the Seahawks. Eleven clashes in the 23-game series have been decided by five points or less.

UNCW is 5-6 vs. the Cougars in Charleston through the years, with three straight wins inside TD Arena.

"We're going to get ready to play just like we do everybody," added McGrath. "They have a great starting lineup, it's not a one-man show. We'll have to prepare well to play Charleston and play our best."

In the last game between the two teams at TD Arena on Jan. 19, 2017, C.J. Bryce and Chris Flemmings each notched double-doubles and Jordon Talley came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points as UNCW took over sole possession of first place in the CAA with a 65-59 road victory. The Seahawks won their eighth in a row over the Cougars by building a 10-point lead in the second half and limiting CofC to 28.8 percent shooting at TD Arena. Chealey had 17 points for the Cougars.

Sophomore guard Jaylen Fornes is coming off his best week of the season for the Seahawks. The Pamlico County, N.C., guard averaged 22.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in pair of games vs. Elon and Northeastern. He shot 63.0 percent from the floor (17-of-27) and 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from three-point range and led the Seahawks in scoring both games.

The Seahawks, who feature the second highest scoring offense in the CAA, face the league's two best defensive teams this weekend in Charleston (1st in scoring defense-65.8 ppg) and Towson (2nd in scoring defense-66.8 ppg). Thursday's tilt showcases four of the top-9 scorers in the CAA: Joe Chealey (5th-17.6), Devontae Cacok (6th-17.5), Jordon Talley (8th-16.1), Grant Riller (9th-15.8).

Following Thursday's contest, the Seahawks return to the Port City for a three-game homestand, beginning with a Saturday matchup vs. Towson. The Seahawks will also face James Madison and William & Mary in the homestand as the curtain closes on the January slate.

Live Seahawk Digital Network (SDN) coverage of the UNCW-CofC contest begins at 6:45 p.m. with Mike Vaccaro, the "Voice of the Seahawks," calling the action. Visit UNCWsports.com/SDN for live audio coverage. In addition, a radio broadcast of the game may be heard on "The Ticket" 95.9 FM and WKXB (99.9 FM-HD3).
01-17-2018 04:09 PM
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RE: Charleston
We are 10.5 dogs with over/under at 152.

I would expect that charleston is chomping at the bit to lay one on us after our tournament win over them last year. I am afraid we might be in for an arse whuppin tonight. Hope I am wrong.

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01-18-2018 09:52 AM
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Fornes is starting to become the guy I knew he could be. If we can get at least 3 players in double digits and keep defending like we have the past few games, we may be able to stay in this game.
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(01-18-2018 10:46 AM)surfsalot Wrote:  Fornes is starting to become the guy I knew he could be. If we can get at least 3 players in double digits and keep defending like we have the past few games, we may be able to stay in this game.

We know they will defend..... but will we? This could really serve a a nice stepping stone victory for us/coach.
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Line is now 11. Over/under is 151.

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I think we are going to keep this one close. We are getting better.
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Love the fact we are showing some full court press. It runs some clock and disrupts offensive flow. I also think our guys feel very comfortable defending the whole court. Press, zone. Way to do what has to be done to compete McGrath and Co.
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(01-18-2018 07:11 PM)82hawk Wrote:  Love the fact we are showing some full court press. It runs some clock and disrupts offensive flow. I also think our guys feel very comfortable defending the whole court. Press, zone. Way to do what has to be done to compete McGrath and Co.

Looks like we're keeping it close so far.
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(01-18-2018 07:11 PM)82hawk Wrote:  Love the fact we are showing some full court press. It runs some clock and disrupts offensive flow. I also think our guys feel very comfortable defending the whole court. Press, zone. Way to do what has to be done to compete McGrath and Co.

I was shocked to see that too.
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