Conference: Southern Conference
How They Qualified: Southern Conference Tournament Champions
Region/Seed: Midwest, No. 15
I am sure many fans expected Davidson to win the Southern Conference tournament, but the Wofford Terriers stole the show and earned an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Wofford finished four games back in the conference standings. The Terriers were not the favorites entering the conference tournament, but that’s what makes college basketball and March Madness so great. Win your conference tournament and you are in. Apparently, Wofford got that message because they will be part of the field of 68 this year.
At the same time, the Terriers got lucky by not having to play Chattanooga or Davidson in the Southern tournament –the two best teams in the conference during the regular season.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Karl Cochran (15.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Lee Skinner (8.6 rpg)
Leading Passer: Karl Cochran (3.0 apg)
Bad Losses: UNC Greensboro
Good Wins: Winthrop, High Point, Elon
The Terriers may have lost 12 games on the season, but only one should be considered a bad loss. It is important to note that Wofford played Georgia, Minnesota, Saint Louis and VCU. It failed to win any of those games, but at least it challenged itself in non-conferecne play, so it won’t be completely overwhelmed when it takes on a much better team in the tourney.
The Terriers don’t have a high-powered scoring offense, but maybe leading scorer Karl Cochran can get his shot going in the dance. He made 77 threes on the year and managed to shoot 39.7 percent from behind the arc.
The Wofford Terriers are dancing!