To the casual college basketball fan, SoCon Saturdays on Fox Sports South may sound about as appealing as a full day of window shopping with the wife and her friends. But there are actually plenty of reasons to skip the shopping trip and the inevitable triple Maker's Mark that is sure to follow.
Number one on that list plays for the College of Charleston and his name is Andrew Goudelock.
Saturday the Charleston Cougars hosted The Citadel Bulldogs and their stud point guard (ahem, and Houston native) Cameron Wells. Goudelock and the Cougars struggled in the first half to solve the Bulldogs' match-up zone, allowing the 5-12 Bulldogs to stay within striking range.
The second half, however, would be a totally different story.
Goudelock went into the lockers with only seven points but emerged determined to prove he was the best player on the floor.
The Charleston PG went to work as soon as the half started, firing threes from beyond NBA range and shooting the Bulldogs out of their zone defense.
Once The Citadel went to a man-to-man, it was all over.
The Bulldogs tried 6'4" swingman Austin Dahn first. Goudelock responded by getting into the lane at will and picking the defense apart on his way to seven assists. Dahn had no chance to stay in front of Goudelock, whether it was off screens or on isolation plays at the top of the key.
As a good leader should, Cameron Wells decided he wanted to take on the challenge. That may not have been the best idea.
Goudelock immediately recognized that, at 6'1", Wells was much too short to stop him from shooting over the top whenever he liked. Goudelock is only an inch taller than Wells but he gets great elevation on his jump shot and has a high release point—even from 26 feet.
Goudelock repeatedly toyed with Wells with pull-up jumpers right in his face. He took Wells off pick-and-rolls, isolated him up top and even freed himself via a couple of dribble hand-offs.
He finished the game with six three-pointers on 11 tries as he rolled to 22 points in the first 16:00 of play in the second half.
This is no disrespect to Wells, who will most likely be collecting a check to play basketball somewhere when he finishes school, but the few times Wells was able to keep Goudelock from getting a good look from deep, he used clever handles and some brilliant hesitation moves to get into the lane and draw fouls.
On the season, Goudelock is averaging 23.4 points per game which is good for figth in the country in scoring. What's even more impressive is that he is doing it on 49.0 percent shooting from the floor and 43 percent from the three.
Kemba Walker may average two more points per contest but he is shooting a lower percentage from the field and a much, much lower percentage from beyond the arc (36.6 percent).
While it is true that Walker is a junior and Goudelock is a senior, the Charleston product has never shot lower than 39.3 percent from deep in his career. He also has four games with four made treys, two games with five and two more games with six in this season alone.
Walker has never made more than four and he's only accomplished that three times in his entire career at UConn.
But Goudelock is not only a scorer.
As I've already mentioned, he assists at a decent rate (4.3 per game) but he also grabs over four rebounds per game and swipes a steal per contest.
With all that being said, I will openly admit that I prefer "shooters who can score" to "scorers who can shoot"—so that may factor in to my opinion that Goudelock is better than Walker.
I can guarantee you though that there is not a coach in the NCAA who wants to see this guy get hot in a Tournament game. He's the type of player who could single-handedly lift his team to the Sweet 16, a' la Jeremy Arceneaux a few years back.
If you don't believe me, check out their match-up with UT-Chattanooga, who is also undefeated in SoCon play, tomorrow (Monday) at 7:00 on CSS.
Trust me, Goudelock won't disappoint.
Either that or have fun holding bags at the mall. I'm sure she looks great in every one of those 11 new pairs of jeans.