Delaware (21-9) at College of Charleston (14-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: TD Arena (5,100) -- Charleston, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: UD 10-2, CofC 9-6. Away Record: UD 10-7, CofC 4-8. Neutral Record: UD 1-0, CofC 1-2. Conference Record: UD 13-2, CofC 6-9. Series Record: College of Charleston leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens will try to claim the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title as they collide with the College of Charleston Cougars at TD Arena on Saturday.
The Blue Hens coasted to an 70-57 win over UNC Wilmington on Wednesday to clinch at least a share of the CAA regular season title. They will be crowned with either a victory over the Cougars or a Towson loss to William & Mary. Delaware has been spectacular offensively throughout the campaign en route to an average of 78.9 ppg on 44 percent efficiency from the floor. The Blue Hens have not been as dominant on the other end of the court, where they are surrendering 74.8 ppg.
Charleston is tied for fifth in the CAA standings with James Madison and Northeastern, having won six of its 15 league games. The Cougars are currently on a two-game slide thanks to their road losses at UNCW (57-55) and Drexel (56-45) to conclude their February slate. Charleston has been ineffective on the offensive end, converting only 41.3 percent of its field-goal attempts for a mere 62.4 ppg. The Cougars are also averaging only 10.1 assists per game, but they are ranked second in the CAA in rebounding with 38 rpg.
The Cougars are 2-1 versus Delaware in the brief history of this rivalry. The Blue Hens managed to overcome a 20-point deficit over the final nine minutes to edge Charleston, 67-64, when these schools squared off at the Bob Carpenter Center earlier this season.
Delaware's 13 point triumph over the Seahawks marked their second win in three games. Jarvis Threatt returned after missing eight games to net a game-high 24 points, which he accompanied with six assists and four steals. Carl Baptiste also made an impact as he recorded his fourth double-double in five games with 10 points and 16 boards. Davon Usher, Devon Saddler and Kyle Anderson had 11 points apiece in the triumph. Usher (19.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg) poured in 42 points for the Blue Hens in their victory over the Cougars earlier this season and has 586 points on the campaign, the sixth most in program history. Sadler is pacing the squad with 20 ppg, while Threatt has stuffed the stat sheet with 18.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 113 assists. Anderson (11.1 ppg) and Baptiste (10.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg) also own double-digit scoring averages.
Charleston's offensive woes destroyed its chances in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Dragons did not allow any of the Cougars to score in double figures as Willis Hall netted a team-high with just nine points. Charleston took a six-point lead into the intermission before allowing Drexel to conclude the contest on a 13-2 run that put it out of reach. Hall is leading the program in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 12.2 and 9.1 respectively. Anthony Stitt is adding just under 10 ppg, but he has been held to eight points or less in five of his last six outings.
Although the Cougars will be celebrating Senior Day, they will have trouble preventing Delaware from ruining the occasion since Threatt is back in the fold. Charleston had no answer for Usher when these teams last met and the Blue Hens know not to take CofC lightly after nearly falling in the first CAA meeting between the schools.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 74, College of Charleston 65
03/01 11:01:27 ET