So now that we know who our first matchup will be against, I thought it might be helpful to get a general idea of who the Wofford Terriers are and what we can expect from them.
- Wofford went 17-12 this year, finishing 3rd in the Southern Conference by 4 games before winning the conference tournament.
- They have an RPI of 156, BPI of 174, and SOS of 249, going 0-8 vs RPI top 150 teams.
- Their best wins, RPI wise, were over a duo of Big South teams High Point (16-14, RPI 172), Winthrop (20-13, RPI 173) as well as conference foe Elon (18-14, RPI 163).
- Their worst loss, RPI wise, was to UNC Greensboro(14-18, RPI 301).
- According to KenPom, they are the #184 team in the country, the 4th worst team in the field, worst non 16 seed, and ranked lower than a few 16 seeds as well.
- According to KenPom, their adjusted offense and defensive rankings, respectively, are 238th and 131st, compared to Michigan's rankings of 3rd and 104th.
- Also according to KenPom, they play at the 13th slowest tempo of any team in the country, ranking 339 out of 351.
- They have 10 players who average around 9 or more minutes per game (although one of those you may recognize as Aerris Smith, the player who gave a tearful postgame speech after their conference tourney final win saying he was having surgery on his knees and is done for the year.) By comparison, Michigan has 8 averaging around 15 or more minutes per game.
- Their starting lineup is
- 6-1 JR guard Karl Cochran
- 5-11 FR guard Eric Garcia
- 6-4 SO guard Spencer Collins
- 6-7 SO forward CJ Neumann (their tallest player of anyone who plays significant minutes)
- 6-6 JR forward Lee Skinner
- They have 3 players averaging double digits scoring, led by Cochran, who averages 15.7 PPG on 41.7% shooting and 39.7% shooting from 3.
- They shoot 37.1% from behind the arc as a team, led by Garcia at 47.3% and Cochran, although only Cochran has attempted more than 91 3's.
- They shoot 45% as a team from the floor and 66% from the line, compared to 48% and 76% for Michigan.
- Their leading rebounder is Skinner at 8.6 RPG, followed by Cochran at 5.
- Cochran is leading the team in assists with 3 APG, followed by Garcia at 2.6.
- This is Wofford's first NCAA appearance since 2011, when they were a 14 seed and lost to BYU in the first round. No one on that year's team is still playing on this one.
So if you made it through all of that, the takeaways are:
- They play slow. Expect them to dribble the air out of the ball.
- Cochran seems to be their best player, shut him down and they will probably struggle.
- We have a big size/athleticism advantage here, take advantage of it.
- They are not great on either side of the ball, but really struggle offensively. Our defense needs to make sure this continues.
We are obviously big favorites here, and all the numbers back it up. If this team plays to anything close to what they can, we should win fairly easily.