College of Charleston Cougars men's basketball

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Charleston Cougars
2014–15 College of Charleston Cougars men's basketball team
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

                  
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1997
NCAA Tournament appearances
1994, 1997, 1998, 1999

The 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]

The College of Charleston has sponsored a men's basketball team since 1898. They have been NCAA Division I since 1991 in the Trans-Atlantic Athletic Conference (now Atlantic Sun Conference), the Southern Conference and presently the Colonial Athletic Association.[2] In 2012, ESPN ranked Charleston as the 73rd best college basketball program in the previous 50 years, which was the highest ranking of all Division I teams in the state of South Carolina.[3]

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-No. 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 Cougars' strength of schedule slid into decline and players with questionable reputations filled the roster. Tom Herrion's first Charleston team finished 25–8 in 2002-03, captured the Great Alaska Shootout title and advanced to the NIT. His 25 victories marked the highest total of any first-year NCAA Division I head coach during the 2002–03 season.[4] Herrion also guided the Cougars to a 20–9 finish in 2003–04, 18–10 performance in 2004–05 and 17–11 record in 2005–06. Herrion's final record was 80-38.

Bobby Cremins era (2006–12)[edit]

The College of Charleston hired former Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins in 2006.[5] In each of Cremins' five complete seasons, Charleston won 20 games and Cremins won the SoCon Coach of the Year award in 2011. The Cougars played in a national postseason tournament in three consecutive seasons under Cremins, making the CBI in 2009 and 2010 and the NIT in 2011. During Cremins' tenure, the Cougars were put back in the national spotlight when they upset then-No.9 North Carolina on January 4, 2010 at TD Arena.[6] He took a leave of absence during the 2011-2012 season due to exhaustion and retired at the conclusion of the season.[7] His overall record at Charleston is 125-68.[8]

Doug Wojcik era (2012–14)[edit]

Doug Wojcik, University of Tulsa's all-time wins leader, was named the 22nd all-time head men’s basketball coach at the College of Charleston on April 1, 2012. [9] In his first season with the Cougars, Wojcik led Charleston to the SoCon Championship before losing to Davidson. The Cougars were added to the CBI postseason tournament, losing to George Mason in the first round.[10] Charleston moved to the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013 and Wojcik's Cougars struggled to a 6-10 conference record. He was fired on August 5, 2014 with a 38-29 overall record.[citation needed]

Earl Grant era (2014–present)[edit]

Earl Grant, a former Clemson and Wichita State assistant, was named the Cougars' 23rd all-time head coach on September 2, 2014.[11] Charleston struggled in Grant's first year at the helm, finishing the season with just nine wins.[12] The Cougars did, however, win their first ever CAA tournament game, a 56-48 decision over Drexel in the first round.[13]

Year-by-year history[edit]

Charleston's history since joining Division I in 1991.

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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