Author Joe Wright

42 entries

Wake Up Call!

College basketball. This is what we all desire for. From the smallest independent program to national champions, everyone has the same desire. The desire to play on national television.' For schools like Duke and Kentucky, this is almost a given. Games against lowly opponents are aired nationally. For schools...

Tournament Dreams

Early season tournaments have been a major part of college basketball for decades, almost since the beginning of the sport. Tournaments like the Maui Invitational and the Great Alaska Shootout have been fixtures in the sport for decades. Due to the expansion of the exemptions for preseason tournaments, they have...

The Citadel at Charleston 12/1/2011

The Citadel Bulldogs and the College of Charleston Cougars have been playing basketball for 110 years, and have been two of the biggest rivals in mid-major college basketball for years. The schools are only 2 or so miles apart, and are so close that Citadel athletic department people often eat at local restaurants...

Double The Pleasure

College basketball is a funny game sometimes. That's what makes it what it is. Anything can happen any time. Presbyterian came back from 15 down to beat Cincinnati. Every team has a shock to their system. Comebacks occur at almost any point. Games can mean anything. The College of Charleston was a heavy favorite...

Pack the Mac?

"Pack the Mac." This is the new slogan for The Citadel basketball team when they play at McAlister Field House. They've tried to get fans into the arena for many years now, and this year they have some new gimmicks. The arena has added some new touches this year, into one of the oldest arenas in the Southeast....

Maroon Mayhem

College basketball is a game where there is a big difference in between the largest schools, mid-majors and tiny schools in the smallest D-1 conferences. This can be offset, by one of several factors. These factors include: shooting three-pointers, how you play on a certain night, and the loudness of your fans....

Great Escape

All teams have their games that they sleepwalk through, and they believe that a win will just come easy to them. Teams, often when a lesser game is sandwiched between two big ones, forget how important the game in between is. For the College of Charleston, this was true. The Cougars had just beaten Tennessee,...

A Weird Feeling

Anything can happen during any game. The College of Charleston had been on a roll. They were 10-2 on the season, only losing to UCF in the Bahamas and close to Louisville in a game they led most of the way. George Mason had already lost 4 on the season, including games to Florida Atlantic and Florida International...

Battle of the Bulldogs, Fans

There are many college teams which have the same nicknames. The most popular nicknames are the Tigers, Bears, Wildcats, and the Bulldogs. Next year, there will be three Tigers in the SEC: LSU, Missouri, and Auburn. In the Southern Conference, there are two teams with the nickname Bulldogs. They are The Citadel...

Upset

The election in South Carolina has been filled with many plot twists and turns. With the College of Charleston being the center of the election cycle in our state, a "Huckabee" forum, CNN showing all its live shows the day before the primary from the college, a still CNN camera inside the Cistern (the center...

Rivalry and Baseball (mixed)

The College of Charleston had one of their toughest losses in years on Thursday night. They lost to UNCG, a team that won two games prior to this weekend. They lost by seven, and lost one of their freshman guards, Anthony Stitt for six weeks. Now, they were at 3-2 in the league, two games behind Davidson, and...

Reflections

Every team has been through tough times. Even the best ones like Duke lose home games, and it depends on how your team can get through these. The College of Charleston, having to replace three seniors last season, including Andrew Goudelock, who is now in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, are one of the hardest...

A Tough Time

The College of Charleston and Wofford have had a big rivalry for the last 13 years that they have been in the Southern Conference. The teams have fought hard in previous years. CofC won both regular season meetings last year, but lost in the tournament final to Wofford. Wofford blew out CofC in the first game...

Ugly, but I'll Take It

Thursday night was a night which was laden with great finishes throughout college basketball. This included one at Charleston Southern just up the road which involved a 35-fo...

GIANT EFFORT

February 11, 2012, #ALLCAPSDAY, was a very exciting day in college basketball terms, especially in the Charleston area. Today was the only day of the entire season where all three of our local teams, the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, and The Citadel, were home, playing at different times. Thursday...

CLOSE ENCOUNTER

This Saturday was a very exciting day to be a college basketball fan in the Lowcountry, as I said in the first recap. I got to pick up Clyde the Cougar during the Davidson/Charleston game, and I was one of the leaders of the Maroon Mayhem student section for the College of Charleston. It was also a great game....

TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

After seeing two exciting games on Saturday afternoon, featuring two of our local teams, The Citadel and Georgia Southern beckoned for me. CofC beat conference leader Davidson, while High Point nearly came back from a 13-point deficit in the last 5 minutes and had two chances to win the game but lost to Charleston...

Glory: A Battle of Attrition

Georgia Southern and the College of Charleston are two universities which are somewhat alike. Both are large state-run campuses that have over 10,000 students, Georgia Southern now over 20,000 students as of this school year. The similarities pretty much stop there. CofC is the public university which has developed...

City Rivalry, Part Two

The College of Charleston and The Citadel have had a very good rivalry ever since they became schools. The College has grown into one of the most important schools in South Carolina in the last few decades, while The Citadel has been one of only two original members of the Southern Conference, along with Furman,...

Cougars In Sync In Opener

College basketball is a sport which can unite universities, no matter who is playing. Unlike college football, where FCS teams and FBS teams have huge gaps between each other, even within their divisions (look at the difference between say Davidson in football, compared to Appalachian State a few dozen miles...

Not Again...

Every team has suffered injuries of some sort. No matter if you play 4th grade basketball where the score often doesn't hit 20 or on the NBA champion Miami Heat, if you play basketball, you have suffered a problem of some sort, either on or off the court. Every college basketball team has had injuries which have...

Different Feelings

Charleston is one of the best towns for basketball in the Southeast. Three local mid-majors, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, and the College of Charleston, provide for a very good brand of basketball from November to March each year. Since 2008, the Charleston Classic has been a part of the Charleston sports...

Feeling Red

It has been a long break between me writing recaps so far. After the Charleston Classic finished up on November 20, my team, the College of Charleston went on a road trip. This was a very hard stretch for the Cougars. After 3 games in the Charleston Classic, the Cougs were lucky to be 2-2. The second win was by...

A Charleston Surprise (or two!)

The Citadel's basketball program has gone through many interesting periods in its history. The program under former head coach Pat Dennis was one that played sometimes as many as four non Division I opponents in a year. The lowest point in its history was in the 2003-04 season. The Dogs played Emmanuel, a NAIA...

Stunning Turn of Events

The College of Charleston has been playing basketball for most of the last century. Along with the city of Charleston, the university has grown. So has their basketball program. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, they spent their time in the NAIA. In the NAIA, they played in District 6 mostly.This consisted of most...

A Growing Rivalry

The rivalry between the College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina University has grown into a very interesting series. The two schools are like each other in many ways. CofC is the fast-growing state university for the Charleston area; while Coastal Carolina is the fast-growing state university for the Myrtle...

Hanging On

The College of Charleston has been a team with extreme highs and lows this year. You never know what to expect from them from night to night. They are perfect on the road this year at 5-0, including tough wins at Vermont and Baylor. However, CofC has lost four games at home. Each has been more and more perplexing....

Distinct Differences

Saturday nights in the Lowcountry are very busy ones. You can go to the movies; you can go to the local bar to enjoy some grub; if the Stingrays (our local hockey team) is home, you can enjoy a game for a cheap price; or you can go out on the town. Earlier Saturday, I was at the Furman/College of Charleston game...

Any Given Day

The Samford Bulldogs romped into downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, getting ready for their weekend in Charleston, which will most likely be their last as a member of the SoCon. They practiced on the TD Arena court after busing from Birmingham, a seven-hour trip. The Bulldogs are a very young team. Samford's...

Beatdown

This season, the College of Charleston have been in a lot of very close games. Except for about 3 or 4 games (the opening win over Towson, the blowout loss to Louisville, and a couple of others), CofC has been in the game in the final minutes, as their average margin has been around a point and a half a game....

Being Distracted

College basketball is a game which is followed all throughout the nation. The sport is one which is popular in many facets. In the mid-major realm, the Missouri Valley Conference schools are probably the most popular. Their games air on television; several schools average over 10,000 per game; several schools...

An Under-Appreciated Rivalry

The College of Charleston and The Citadel are two schools which are both icons in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. There are huge differences between them, which are especially prevalent when you see the two school's campuses. The Citadel's campus is large, open, and fits the military school's profile. The...

A Final Chapter

The College of Charleston and The Citadel have been rivals in the Southern Conference for fourteen years. The two schools have been intertwined with each other for a much longer period, but the rivalry ramped up in 1999 when the College of Charleston joined the SoCon. Before that, The Citadel and the College...

A Good Value

Any Saturday afternoon in the Lowcountry, even during the winter, is one where you can attend many different events. You can go walking on the Ravenel Bridge, the tallest cable-stayed bridge in North America. You can go fishing. You can get on the boat and travel throughout Charleston Harbor and the beautiful...

Participation

College basketball is a game that is one of the best in sports for the fans. The fans, especially at the mid-major level, are closer to the fans than in most other sports. They can be a part of the game by yelling chants, being close enough to the crowd that they can bother the opposing team, and they can influence...

Homecoming

Homecoming has been a part of sports for over a century. Homecoming began in 1909 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, who had the first homecoming mixed with a football game. Homecoming is a tradition at thousands of colleges and high schools around the world. It is usually filled with pageantry, with parades,...

Outclassed

The College of Charleston and Davidson College have been two of the biggest basketball rivals in the Southeast for many seasons. The two schools are complete opposites of one another. Davidson is a private school north of Charlotte, NC, along Lake Norman, that is known for its academics (and its basketball team)....

Trying to Stand Out

Charleston is one of the biggest towns for tourism in the nation. Tourism gets very slow during the winter months in Charleston. December after Christmas and January is a very slow time. You can walk King Street through downtown Charleston on a weekday morning and only see a few people around. The restaurants...

Clinching A Crown

The college basketball season is one which goes through many twists and turns during a regular season. Conferences can change with one game or one moment. The regular season conference schedule is important for most teams. It tests your mettle in a 14-20 game schedule, and whoever is the winner of the conference...

A Gloomy Day

The month of February was the wettest February in Charleston history. After just over a third of an inch of rain in the month of January, with an 80 degree day, we had over ten inches of rain in the month of February. This Saturday afternoon was another one of those gloomy days that everyone endures at some...

A Senior White-Out

The College of Charleston has two traditions which have been a part of the program for many seasons. Almost every program does a Senior Night or a Senior Day promotion. This promotion has gotten more ink lately after Indiana did Senior Night festivities after a loss to Ohio State, in a 9pm game. Tom Crean didn't...

Great Action

College basketball is a sport which is filled with sadness by the teams that lose to end their seasons. 343 teams (sometimes less if a team wins its final game and misses the conference tournament) end their seasons with a loss. Four teams end their seasons with wins, the winners of the NCAA, NIT, CBI and CIT...

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