The two biggest issues for the College of Charleston heading into the 2012-13 season were defense and rebounding.
After three games, defense and rebounding don’t appear to be an issue any longer.
The Cougars (1-2) take on Boston College (1-2) in their final game at the Charleston Classic today at noon at TD Arena.
The Cougars are allowing just 54 points a game and have outrebounded all three of their opponents this season.
“The kids have really responded and bought into what we’re trying to do,” said College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik. “We’ve done a great job of holding people down and our rebounding has been very good. Those are huge positives for us as we move forward.”
Scoring, turnovers and free throw shooting haven’t been as encouraging.
“Certainly those are areas we need to work on,” Wojcik said.
The status of forward Trent Wiedeman (ankle) and senior guard Andrew Lawrence (stomach virus) for today’s game with Boston College is uncertain.
“It’ll be a game-time decision,” Wojcik said. “I’m optimistic that both will play, but you never know. Trent will get treatment and we’re hoping Andrew can keep some food down between now and the start of the game. Evidently, there’s a stomach virus going around the whole campus.”
Playing without two of the Cougars biggest offensive options was a challenge against Auburn Friday night in their 55-51 loss.
“We’re trying to develop some depth and we had some guys really step up against Auburn,” Wojcik said. “But we need Andrew and Trent in the game.”
Wojcik said he’s been especially pleased with the play of Matt Sundberg and Theo Johnson coming off the bench. In 26 minutes against Auburn, Johnson had six points and five rebounds, while Sundberg chipped in eight points in just 10 minutes of action.
“Really pleased with both of those guys,” Wojcik said. “Matt didn’t get a lot of time, but he made the most of his opportunity. Theo has been a pleasant surprise. He got a lot of minutes and responded with a great effort.”
Boston College is coming off an 87-71 loss to Dayton on Friday. The Eagles like to push the ball up the floor and get easy baskets in transition. The Eagles are averaging 76.3 points a game, but have allowed 80.3 points a game.
“They are a big, rugged, physical team,” Wojcik said. “They look more like a Big Ten team than an ACC team. They’ve got a good nucleus of players. They score a lot of points, but they give up a lot as well. The key for us will be rebounding and taking care of the basketball.”
Stopping sophomore forward Ryan Anderson will be another key for the Cougars. Anderson leads the Eagles, averaging 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds a game. Anderson had a monster game against Florida International in the season opener, pouting in 29 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
“We can’t allow him to get easy baskets,” Wojcik said.