March 09, 2010
Each year, seemingly, we get another program that's dipping its toe (well, diving head first is more like it) into the tournament pool for the first time. In 2010, Wofford is that program. The Terriers took out Appalachian State Monday night, 56-51, culminating a tournament appearance that began 14 seasons after making the move to Division I. Mike Young (right) has been there since the transition began, when he was an assistant coach.
Wofford, ranked as the 323rd greatest program of all-time by ESPN recently, is one of the smallest Division I schools, owning an enrollment that cracks just 1,400. You're going to hear a bit about this tiny school from Spartanburg, S.C., so we figured we'd throw you a few interesting facts. It's had only one player go pro: Ellerbe Neal was drafted in 1953 by the Syracuse Nationals. Though the school's only been D-I in basketball for 14 years, it's been playing since 1906 and has an all-time record of 1,094-1,072. It has never been ranked and this is the first season it's won a title or been in a postseason tournament of any kind. No pressure, boys.
Player to know: Noah Dahlman. Clearly overlooked and under-recruited, he made the SoCon All-Conference team this season and averaged 17.2 points, nearly seven rebounds and shot 59 percent from the floor. Those who were able to watch the game lMonday night saw what he is capable of. But then again, Wofford won't be playing Appalachian State next Thursday or Friday.
»Record: 26-8, 15-3 Southern
»Team colors: old gold and black
»We're thinking: a 15-seed
»KenPom ranking: 89
»Best win: @ Georgia (13-16)
»Worst loss: Appalachian State (22-12)
»Notable stat: The Terriers held opponents to 31.2 percent from behind the 3-point line, best in the SoCon. If you could get coaches to make a list of top three things he wouldn't want an opponent to do in a game, making 3-pointers would make most of their lists. Wofford will need to do more than stop the long-range ball, but it's a start.
»Most recent tournament history: none