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Wofford guard Jeremiah Tate drowns in Lake Wylie

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Monday the Wofford athletic department announced the passing of guard Jeremiah Tate, who drowned in the early morning hours swimming in Lake Wylie which is split between North Carolina and South Carolina. Tate was a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird, and according to media reports he and another counselor jumped from the Buster Boyd Bridge.

While the other counselor did return to the surface Tate did not, with rescue crews finding his body two hours later. Per a report from WIS-TV 10 in Columbia, South Carolina, witnesses said that Tate couldn’t swim with the other counselor stating that he didn’t know that to be the case.

“The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate,” Wofford Director of Athletics Richard Johnson said in a statement released by the school. “Jeremiah was such a dedicated, loved and respected member of the men’s basketball team.

“He had a wonderful personality and had many friends on campus extending outside of the athletic department. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family. He will truly be missed.”

Tate, who played in 13 games during his career at Wofford, was an Allstate Good Works Team nominee this past season.

h/t The Sporting News

No. 5 Arkansas survives test from No. 12 Wofford, to face UNC

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Michael Qualls had 20 points and nine boards and Bobby Portis added 15 points, 13 boards and a pair of key assists down the stretch as No. 5 Arkansas survived a test from No. 12 Wofford, 56-53.

The game-winning bucket for the Hogs ended up being a three-point play from Alandise Harris with just over a minute left in the game, a play that didn’t appear to be all that much of a foul. It was one of three instances down the stretch where the Terriers seemingly were on the wrong end of a whistle, but that sure didn’t keep Wofford from having a chance down the stretch.

After getting a stop with 35 seconds left, Wofford bled the clock, getting two terrific good looks at a three to tie the game, one from star guard Karl Cochran and the other from from point guard Eric Garcia. Cochran’s three rimmed-out and Garcia’s was just short. Cochran finished the night just 4-for-17 from the floor and 2-for-12 from three, one of the tougher nights the Southern Conference Player of the Year has had in his career.

Portis made seemingly every big play down the stretch for Arkansas, but it was Qualls that kept Arkansas in the game for much of the second half. He was 8-for-9 from the floor, hitting a couple of tough jumpers in addition to his typical highlight reel dunks in transition:

The issue for Arkansas is that Wofford was just too tough. They weren’t bothered by the Arkansas press, forcing the Razorbacks to try and execute in the half court against their physical, man-to-man defense. It very nearly paid off with a win.

The Razorbacks now advance to play No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels blew a big lead to No. 13 Harvard earlier in the day before scoring the final four points in a 67-65 win.

Introducing Cinderella: Meet the Wofford Terriers

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Conference: Southern Conference

Coach: Mike Young

Record: 28-6 (16-2 South)

Rankings and ratings:

Kenpom: 82
RPI: 48
– AP/USA Today: Not ranked

Seeding: 12-13 range

Names you need to know: SoCon Player of the year, senior guard Karl Cochran (14.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.7 apg), junior guard Spencer Collins (11.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), senior forward Lee Skinner (9.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg).

Stats you need to know: The Terriers have won 15 of their last 16 games entering the NCAA Tournament. Wofford has also been the winner of a lot of close games, which explains why Kenpom ranked them No. 2 in the country in luck.

Tendencies: Slowing the game down is what Wofford is interested in as they rank 315th in adjusted tempo with 61.6 possessions per 40 minutes. The Terriers try to maximize each possession and will shoot 3-pointers and knock them down at a 37 percent clip. On the defensive end, the slow tempo leads to Wofford only allowing 59.7 points per game, good enough for 22nd in the nation.

Big wins, bad losses: Wofford had a solid road win at N.C. State (something Duke couldn’t do) and also have respectable mid-major wins over Iona, Sam Houston State and Charleston Southern. In the loss column, only The Citadel was below .500 as the Terriers lost to Stanford, William & Mary, West Virginia, Duke and Chattanooga. With a non-conference strength of schedule at 18, Wofford has tested themselves frequently outside of the SoCon.

How’d they get here: The Terriers knocked off No. 8 seed UNC Greensboro, 70-52, then defeated No. 4 seed Western Carolina, 73-61, before besting No. 10 seed Furman, 67-64

Outlook: With a rigorous non-conference schedule and prior NCAA Tournament experience from last season, the Terriers won’t be afraid of the big stage and have a chance to win in the Round of 64 with the proper matchup. Especially if they sneak into the 5-12 matchup.

How do I know you?: Also a participant in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Wofford bowed out in the Round of 64 to Wisconsin. The Terriers have now made the NCAA Tournament in four of the last six years. After winning last season’s SoCon Tournament, senior Aerris Smith gave one of the greatest postgame interviews in recent sports memory: