Charleston Classic First Round Matchups

So the entire first round of the Charleston Classic was announced today and the Lions pulled UNC Wilmington out of the hat for the first round matchup November 19th. Before you blow a fuse, heres what you need to know:

Nickname: Seahawks
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
2008-09 record: 7-25
UNC Wilmington has made the NCAA Tournament four times this decade, most recently in 2005-06. The Seahawks have won 13 of their last 17 CAA Tournament games, but fell in the opening round to Hofstra last season, with a roster featuring only one senior. UNCW also played at Carolina First Arena last December, losing to the College of Charleston. Benny Mossis in his fourth season as coach of the Seahawks.

So yeah, not exactly any of the other choices for the first round teams, but at least its a good chance to pick up another W and move on to play another team. As far as the rest of the first round:In the first round of action Thursday, Nov. 19, Tulane will take on Miami at 1:30 p.m. ET; UNC Wilmington will face Penn State, live at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU; USF will meet Davidson at 7 p.m. ET; and La Salle and South Carolina will square off live at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Now you can look at this two ways-

  1. When your team is considered “Good” you tend to get a much lesser team early on. Look at the NCAA’s, its not like they have Duke-UNC first round match ups. That’s most likely what happened here, getting UNC Wilmington is supposed to be a good thing for the program. It means we’re playing better ball, which in turn should result in 1st round games against much lesser teams. Since Penn State is supposed to be the best team in the bracket, we should be playing the worst team. And that’s how it panned out. All in all its a chance to pick up a W and a chance to play a better team and an RPI booster. (Remember this years OCC is almost 80 RPI points better than last years. You dont have to play Duke to get into the NCAA’s) The first major upside is that the teams just dont suck as much as the Philly Classic ones. Besides the point that the team wanted to play Nova,  the dropoff in the CC isn’t nearly as bad as it was in the PHC. The average RPI works out to be 148.2 for the CC, and 187.4for the PHC.Michigan ended last season with a non-conf SOS of 50, which is probably surprising since they played Duke twice, UConn, and UCLA.  Why? They also played Norfolk St (290), Savannah St (258), Eastern Michigan (318), Florida Gulf Coast (310), and NCCU (336).  You’re much better off playing solid teams (what we’re doing this year) than playing a bunch high profile games then a bunch of cupcakes…cough..footballs problem..
  2. Penn State doesn’t get any respect and plays a team some people think might beat us.

Here’s the complete bracket, its a two-loss system if/when the Lions win they’ll play the Winner of Miami/Tulane. For a complete overview of the Charleston Classic click here.



Heres what ESPN.Com had to say:

Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)
Nov. 19, 20 and 22

Top half: Tulane vs. Miami, UNC Wilmington vs. Penn State
Bottom half: South Florida vs. Davidson, La Salle vs. South Carolina

Projected NCAA teams: South Carolina
Bubble: Penn State, Miami and possibly La Salle

Five key storylines:
• Davidson starts the season without Stephen Curry for the first time in three years.
• Penn State junior point guard Talor Battle had a stellar trip with the U.S. at the World University Games in Serbia last month. He has a shot to finally get the Nittany Lions back to the NCAAs, beginning with this event.
• Miami debuts the much-heralded freshman guard Durand Scott, a player who could replace Jack McClinton’s scoring rather quickly.
• South Carolina could be a trendy pick to cause some anxious moments for Kentucky and Tennessee in the SEC East with the return of Devan Downey and Dominique Archie. This should be the Gamecocks’ tournament to win.
• La Salle, led by senior guard Rodney Green, plays South Carolina in the first round, and the majority of A-10 coaches say the Explorers could be the sleeper pick in the league title race.

~ by blj1887 on August 4, 2009.

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