Team preview: Charleston Southern

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In his second season at Charleston Southern, coach Barclay Radebaugh is guardedly optimistic about his Buccaneers.

CSU will live and die with the play of a trio of guards that set the tempo for the young team. Radebaugh turned the team over to those guards late last year -- going small as the rest of the Big South seemed to get bigger -- and the results were encouraging. The Bucs won six of their last 10 games, including a tournament road upset of third-seeded Birmingham-Southern.

"We played well late and shot the ball better," said Radebaugh, who helped Winthrop to two BSC titles as an assistant. "We struggled defensively a little bit because of our size, and a little bit on the boards, but hopefully through recruiting, we've solved those problems."

Despite the loss of five seniors off last season's fast-finishing squad, CSU returns three of the top five scorers -- the three guards who will again determine the Buccaneers' fortunes. Junior guard Chris Moore (13.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg) was the leading scorer and Radebaugh thinks he's the best shooter in the Big South.

Moore's scoring average jumped to 17.2 points per game in league action and he shot 48 percent in those games from three-point range. The bad news for Bucs' opponents is that the 6-2 Moore had added a dribble drive to his game.