Wofford Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Wofford Terriers

Southern Conference (29-4, 18-0)

Wofford has quietly had a superb season. Early in the season it was conference rival Furman that was getting all of the headlines, but it has been Wofford who managed to make it through the tough Southern Conference with a perfect 18-0 record. It is rare for a team from the SoCon to have at-large possibilities, but this has been an exceptional year for the conference. Teams like Furman, UNC Greensboro and East Tennessee State have had great seasons, but it was Wofford who cruised through the conference.
Big Wins: 11/26 at South Carolina (81-61), 1/10 at UNC Greensboro (90-76), 2/23 at Furman (72-64)
Bad Losses: 11/6 North Carolina (67-78), 11/18 at Oklahoma (64-75), 12/19 at Mississippi State (87-98)
Coach: Mike Young
Why They Can Surprise:
Wofford has won games with their three-point shooting ability and that is always the great equalizer in the NCAA Tournament. The team as a whole shoots an impressive 41.6 percent from beyond the arc, ranking second in the nation. No player in the nation has hit more three-pointers than Fletcher Magee. He has connected on 42.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc and averages 20.5 points per game. Nathan Hoover and Stom Murphy are even more efficient from long range and those three will hoist up plenty of long range attempts in the tournament.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Cameron Jackson and Keve Aluma will have their hands full on the defensive end. Jackson, a 6-8 senior, is a fine interior scorer and rebounder, but he will be asked to do a lot against talented frontcourt players in the NCAA Tournament. With Aluma and Matthew Pegram providing options and some depth, the Terriers could have enough in the frontcourt to contain a team with a couple talented big men scorers. But their lack of success against good teams like North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi State leaves doubt that Wofford can win more than a single game in the tournament.
Probable Starters:
Storm Murphy, Sophomore, Guard, 8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Fletcher Magee, Senior, Guard, 20.5 ppg, 1.6 apg
Nathan Hoover, Junior, Guard, 13.3 ppg
Cameron Jackson, Senior, Forward, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Keve Aluma, Sophomore, Forward, 6.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg
Key Role Players:
Matthew Pegram, Senior, Center, 5.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
Tray Hollowell, Sophomore, Guard, 5.1 ppg
Chevez Goodwin, Sophomore, Forward, 4.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Ryan Larson, Freshman, Guard, 3.2 ppg, 2.3 apg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 83.4 (12th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.8 (44, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 49.4 (9, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.8 (114, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 11.2 (5, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 42.0 (2, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.1 (229, 6)
Rebound Margin: 6.5 (44, 2)
Assists Per Game: 15.6 (37, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 10.9 (27, 1)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018CITSecond Round loss to Central Michigan
2015NCAARound of 64 loss to Arkansas
2014NCAARound of 64 loss to Michigan
2012CBIFirst Round loss to Pittsburgh
2011NCAARound of 64 loss to BYU
2010NCAARound of 64 loss to Wisconsin
*all team stats through 3/10