Mid-Major Team To Watch For: Wofford College

Jesse KramerCorrespondent INovember 17, 2009

Wofford started off the 2009-10 season with a tough, heart-breaking loss on the road against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Wofford kept the game tied into the final three minutes, but the Panthers proved to be the superior team as they took the lead and went on to win 63-60.

On November 17—despite playing a team a step lower than Pitt—Wofford pulled off an upset, this time on top by three points, down south in Georgia. Similarly to their meeting with Pitt, they stayed right with Georgia the entire game. This time, they were the ones able to pull away at the end. 

Wofford lost to Pitt because they did not have a balanced scoring attack against. On the contrary, they had four players in double digits against Georgia. 

Through the first two games, the Terriers' leading scorer is Noah Dahlman with 15.5 ppg. Corey Godzinski follows him with 13 points. Then Dawson with 7.5, and Diggs with 6.

But, the average do lie. Both Dawson and Diggs struggled against Pitt, scoring 3 and 2 points respectively, thus lowering their season average.

Both of them scored in double digits on Tuesday night. Dawson had 12, and Diggs had 10. Having four different players being able to put points on the board is what allowed them to be able to pick up a win in Georgia.

Wofford still plays two more BCS teams in their non-conference schedule. On November 24 they play at Illinois; On December 4 at Michigan State. Michigan State might be too good for it to be fair to judge them, but if Wofford is in fact worthy of any talk this season, they should be able to put up a good fight against Illinois.

Unfortunately for Wofford, most likely, only one team from the SoCon will make the NCAA tournament. Davidson proved that are on track again this season despite losing Stephen Curry after playing well against Butler. The College of Charleston has their two leading scorers, Andrew Goudelock and Tony White Jr., returning this season. In addition, Chattanooga, the winners of last years SoCon tournament, are 2-0 and could be a threat to other teams in the conference this season.

Wofford's next game is Thursday against Lees-McRae. Their next game against a Division I opponent is November against Bradley (1-1).