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Jordan Williams

The College of Charleston has always been a thorn in the side of big-time basketball programs. Whether it’s upsets — they have a few — or simply playing bigger schools incredibly tough, the Cougars will make your bigger school earn it. Just ask Maryland. The Terps had to earn their win over College of Charleston, and if not for a buzzer-beater from freshman Pe’Shon Howard, this post would be all about Charleston’s sweet early-season upset.

Alas, Howard helped Maryland avoid such a distinction.

That’s, friends, is only a taste of what’s to come now that the grasp of college basketball is upon us. Granted, next Monday’s 24-hours of college basketball celebration on ESPN will be the “official” beginning of the season, at least to the general public.

Fortunately for us, Charleston and Maryland didn’t get that message.