Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Charleston Southern basketball teams begin the season this week.
The Bucs host Johnson University (Tenn.) at 8 p.m. on Friday, and the Lady Buccaneers travel to the University of South Carolina on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Bucs then travel to Delaware on Nov. 10 before hosting UNC Wilmington on Nov. 13.
CSU’s men’s team returns three starters and eight letterwinners from a squad that won 19 games, captured the Big South South Division title, and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. The Bucs reached national postseason play for the second time in program history behind a high-powered offense that finished 39th in the country in scoring, and second in made 3-point field goals per game.
Junior guards Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper expected to lead CSU. Both were named to the Big South’s preseason all-conference team and the Buccaneers were chosen as the favorites to win the Big South South again.
“They bring a great confidence and swagger to our team, and we are excited to see them continue to grow as upperclassmen,” head coach Barclay Radebaugh said.
Nimley received nine first-place votes for Big South Preseason Player of the Year coming off a 2012-13 season in which he earned first-team honors after averaging 16.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in league play, and 15.9 points overall.
The Bucs’ sparkplug had six double-doubles, enjoyed 13 20-point games, and ranked fourth in the Big South with 151 assists.
Harper was a second-team all-conference performer in 2012-13 after averaging 15.3 points and nearly two steals a game. He finished fourth in the Big South in steals and eighth in scoring and field goal percentage.
For the CSU women’s team, returning seniors DJ Fowler, Erin Bratcher, Kirklin Kirkpatrick and Anicia Dotson give the Lady Bucs hope for the season ahead as CSU is coming off an 8-20 overall record last season, going 3-15 in Big South play in their first year under Fred Applin.
After the USC game, CSU returns home on Nov. 12, hosting Southern Wesleyan in their home opener at 7 p.m.
CSU’s women were picked to finish 10th overall in the Big South Conference.