Justin Glover is the RTC correspondent for the Southern Conference. Click here for all of our 2009-10 Season Preview materials.
Predicted Order of Finish:
- Western Carolina (13-5 SoCon) 22-11 overall
- Samford (11-7 SoCon) 16-15 overall
- Applachian State (9-9 SoCon) 17-14 overall
- Chattanooga (8-10 SoCon) 15-17 overall
- Elon (7-11 SoCon) 16-16 overall
- UNC-Greensboro (2-16 SoCon) 4-26 overall
- College of Charleston (15-3 SoCon) 24-9 overall
- Davidson (11-7 SoCon) 19-14 overall
- Citadel (10-8 SoCon) 17-15 overall
- Wofford (8-10 SoCon) 16-17 overall
- Georgia Southern (6-12 SoCon) 11-20 overall
- Furman (5-13 SoCon) 10-21 overall
- Andrew Goudelock (G) – College of Charleston (Jr.) – 16.7 ppg
- Cameron Wells (G) – The Citadel (Jr.) – 15.6 ppg
- Harouna Mutombo (F) – Western Carolina (So.) – 14.4 ppg
- Bryan Friday (F) – Samford (Sr.) – 12.5 ppg
- Noah Dahlman (C) – Wofford (Jr.) – 17.8 ppg
6th Man. Jake Robinson – Western Carolina (Sr) – Led the team in three pointers made (60) and attempted (167), coming off the bench in 19 games.
Impact Newcomer. Rashad Wright – College of Charleston – Intimidating presence inside with his 6’9″ frame, averaged 10.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and four blocks a game at South Kent High School last season will look to contribute to a team that is lacking in size.
What You Need to Know. Although this conference lacks the star power of a certain recently departed, diminutive guard from Davidson, the conference is not devoid of talent as witnessed by the fact that the aforementioned guard didn’t even make the NCAA tournament last year. While the Wildcats will certainly fall off this year, don’t be surprised to see the second most famous basketball personality in the league last year (Bobby Cremins) getting plenty of airtime in March.
Predicted Champion: College of Charleston (NCAA Seed: #15) – Made it to the SoCon Championship game last season after a Cinderella type run knocking off the favorite in Davidson on their way to the finals. They have always been an athletic team that uses stellar guard play to offset lack of size inside. With the starting back court of Tony White Jr., who scored 31 points in the SoCon finals game against Chattanooga, and junior all-conference candidate Andrew Goudelock who led the team in points per game and three pointers. CofC should be the team to beat in the Southern Conference this season with close to 75% of its scoring coming back from a team that made the finals in the conference tournament.