Game #9-168: Anderson at Charleston CougarsDecember 13, 2012 7:00 pm
Carolina First Center
The College of Charleston has been playing basketball for most of the last century. Along with the city of Charleston, the university has grown. So has their basketball program. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, they spent their time in the NAIA. In the NAIA, they played in District 6 mostly.This consisted of most of the universities of South Carolina. Until the early 1980s, only five Division I schools were in the NCAA in SC. You had Clemson in the ACC, South Carolina, The Citadel and Furman in the Southern Conference, and South Carolina State.
Most of the other schools were in the NAIA. At one point, every Division I school in SC except for those five (except Baptist College, who had already moved up), was in District 6. This meant for some serious rivalries. The goal was to get to the NAIA national tournament, usually held in Kansas City. The winners of each district (16 in all) made the tournament. CofC won a national title in 1983 in KC, winning a game over Chaminade, who had defeated 1 Virginia earlier that season.CofC was in a steady growth process in the 80s, and decided to move up. In 1991, they started Division I play. They were supposed to go to the Big South, but instead went to the TAAC. No schools from South Carolina were in this league. The league had teams from all over the nation. It was a revolving door depending on realignment.