On Monday, November 6th, the Charleston Cougars are taking on the Iona Gaels to open the 2023–24 season.
Iona finished the previous campaign with a 20-3 record against Metro Atlantic Athletic teams. They had a 27-7 overall record during the course of the season, with a 12-6 away record as well as a 15-1 home record. They averaged 141.4 points per contest during the previous season. Last season, Iona’s offensive team averaged 76.4 points per match, ranking 81st overall. Furthermore, in terms of made threes per game, they finished 249th among collegiate basketball teams. At the end of the period, each game saw 21.9 free throw attempts on average. Iona gave up an average of 65 points per contest by the end of the campaign. This includes the 29.3% three-point shooting percentage of the opposition. Additionally, they force opponents to foul out 17.9 times on average each game.
The Charleston Cougars aim to dominate the CAA and beyond going into the upcoming campaign after finishing with an outstanding 31-4 record the previous year. With Ante Brzovic and Reyne Smith’s accurate shooting, the Cougars have become a formidable offensive force under Coach Pat Kelsey, averaging 80.1 points per contest. Although the Cougars have lost important players like Ryan Larson and Dalton Bolon, the signing of Bryce Butler along with Frankie Policelli guarantees that the roster’s depth will continue. The Cougars’ defense will aim at improving the team’s 67.2 point scoring limitation, relying on their strong rebounding advantage to dominate the glass. The Cougars are a team that is proficient at both the line for free throws and beyond the arc. Charleston is a dangerous opponent on the court because of their combination of youthful energy and seasoned experience as they prepare for yet another NCAA tournament campaign.
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Iona Gaels vs Charleston Cougars Game Information
- Date: 11/06/2023
- Time: 07:00 PM ET
- Location: TD Arena, Charleston, SC.
- How to Watch Iona vs College of Charleston : ESPN2
- Live Stream: CBS.com