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2019-20 Wofford men's basketball preview

Wofford Terriers

2018-19 record: 30-5, 18-0 in the Southern Conference

Head coach: Jay McCauley

Tenure at Wofford: First season

Career coaching record: 0-0

Home court: Lawrence Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium

Starters: G Storm Murphy, G Nathan Hoover, G Donovan Theme-Love, F Messiah Jones, F Chevez Goodwin

Bench: G Ryan Larson, G Tray Hollowell, F Michael Manning, Jr.

Overview: The 2018-19 campaign was an all-time year for the program as the Terriers tore through their conference for a SoCon title, won an NCAA tournament game and reached as high as No. 19 in the AP Top 25 poll. With star sharpshooter Fletcher Magee off playing professionally overseas and head coach Mike Young taking the vacant job at Virginia Tech, though, Wofford is not the same team as prior seasons, and it’s anyone's guess as to how it will respond.

With Young's departure, Wofford now turn to Jay McCauley, an assistant at Wofford for two seasons, to lead the program. The first-year coach shouldn't have too much of a rebuild, however, as Nathan Hoover, a double-digit scorer last season, and Storm Murphy, the team leader in assists, return as experienced upperclassmen. One big blow for the Terriers, though, is the loss of Keve Aluma, a reliable post presence who left the program to join Young in Blacksburg. Like any other mid-major, post play is a concern for Wofford, but it is hoping that 6-foot-9 forward Chevez Goodwin can step in quickly and that redshirt freshman and former three-star recruit Messiah Jones can hold their own down low.

One thing that needs to go right: McCauley keeps the culture of the program intact, and the talented backcourt of Hoover and Murphy picks up some of the scoring load left by Magee.

One thing that could go wrong: A much harder schedule than last year gives the Terriers a lackluster record compared to last season, and one conference tournament loss keeps them out of the big dance.

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