College of Charleston Cougars men's basketball

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College of Charleston Cougars
2014–15 College of Charleston Cougars men's basketball team
College of Charleston Cougars athletic logo
University College of Charleston
Conference CAA
Location Charleston, SC
Head coach Earl Grant[1] (1st year)
Arena TD Arena
(Capacity: 5,100)
Nickname Cougars
Colors

Maroon, White, and Gold

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Home
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament appearances
1994, 1997, 1998, 1999

The College of Charleston Cougars men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Colonial Athletic Association. Home games are played at TD Arena, located on College of Charleston's campus in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. While a member of the NAIA, they were National Champions in 1983.

History[edit]

1920-21 was the first year records were kept for the CofC men's basketball team, but a team did exist for decades prior.

John Kresse Era (1979–2001)[edit]

Under head coach John Kresse, the team had its greatest success. In 1983, the Cougars won the NAIA Championship. In the 1991–92 season, the Cougars made the jump to Division I and beat UNC–Charlotte in their first game. In the 1998–99 season, the team joined the Southern Conference, winning its only SoCon tournament championship that year. In 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999 the Cougars reached the NCAA tournament, with a record of 1–4, beating Maryland in the opening round in 1997. In 1995 and 1996 the Cougars made the NIT.

The program's biggest regular season win in school history was over then #3 North Carolina on the road on December 6, 1998.

Kresse's career record at Charleston is 560-143.

Tom Herrion era (2002–06)[edit]

Many consider this a dark age for the program, as despite still recording winning seasons and a NIT berth in 2003, the strength of schedule slid into decline, and players with questionable reputations filled the roster. His final record was 80-38 (68%).

Bobby Cremins era (2007–12)[edit]

Most recently, the Cougars were put back in the spotlight when they upset then-ranked #9 North Carolina on January 4, 2010, part of the 2009–10 NCAA basketball season.[2]

Doug Wojcik era (2012-14)[edit]

Doug Wojcik was named the 22nd all-time head men’s basketball coach at the College of Charleston on April 1, 2012. [3] He was fired on August 5, 2014. His record was 38-29. [4]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Cougars have appeared in the NCAA Tournament four times. Their combined record is 1–4.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1994 #12 First Round #5 Wake Forest L 58–68
1997 #12 First Round
Second Round
#5 Maryland
#4 Arizona
W 75–66
L 69–73
1998 #14 First Round #3 Stanford L 57–67
1999 #8 First Round #9 Tulsa L 53–62

NIT results[edit]

The Cougars have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four times. Their combined record is 4–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1995 First Round Providence L 67–72
1996 First Round
Second Round
Tennessee
Rhode Island
W 55–49
L 58–62
2003 Opening Round
First Round
Kent State
Providence
W 72–66
L 64–69
2011 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Dayton
Cleveland State
Wichita State
W 94–84
W 64–56
L 75–82

CBI results[edit]

The Cougars have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) three times. Their combined record is 2–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2009 First Round
Quarterfinals
Troy
Richmond
W 93–91
L 72–74
2010 First Round
Quarterfinals
Eastern Kentucky
VCU
W 82–79
L 86–93
2013 First Round George Mason L 77–78

NAIA tournament results[edit]

The Cougars have appeared in the NAIA Tourament six times. Their combined record is 15–5. They were National Champions in 1983.

Year Round Opponent Result
1983 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Championship
Saint John's (MN)
Oklahoma Panhandle State
Santa Fe
Chaminade
West Virginia Wesleyan
W 67–43
W 64–62 OT
W 67–62
W 66–65
W 57–53
1985 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Castleton State
Southeastern Oklahoma State
Wayland Baptist
W 68–52
W 60–43
L 68–73
1986 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Taylor
Cumberland
Arkansas–Monticello
W 57–47
W 59–46
L 60–63
1987 First Round
Second Round
Western State
Hawaiʻi–Hilo
W 67–51
L 57–65
1988 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
National Third Place Game
Defiance
University of the Ozarks
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Auburn–Montgomery
Waynesburg
W 78–62
W 73–59
W 67–61
L 70–74
W 89–61
1989 First Round
Second Round
Olivet Nazarene
Central Washington
W 79–64
L 55–66

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