Charleston Southern Buccaneers

NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Big South Conference
Past Conferences: None
City: North Charleston, South Carolina

Arena: Buccaneer Field House

NCAA Tournaments: 1 (1997)
National Championships – 0
Conference Titles – 4 (1986, 1987, 2013, 2015)

Team History

Charleston Southern began play in 1965-66 when the school was still called Baptist College of Charleston. The team had some success early but fast-tracked themselves to becoming a Division I school for the 1975-76 season. The Buccaneers struggled for wins, posting a 23-109 record in its first five seasons.

Charleston Southern joined the Big South Conference for the 1985-86 season and had the team’s best two-year run, winning the regular season title and conference tournament in each of its first two years. The Big South Conference winner didn’t receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament until 1991.

The Buccaneers won the conference tournament in 1995, but, due to Campbell leaving the conference before the start of the year, the Big South was left with just five teams that had played at the Division I level for five years. The NCAA requires six teams in order for the conference winner to receive an automatic invite to the NCAA Tournament, so once again Charleston Southern was left at home during March.

The Buccaneers won the conference tournament again in 1997 and this time they got to advance to the Tournament, where they lost to UCLA in the first round. That has been the team’s only appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Buccaneers did play in the NIT in 2013 and 2015, as well as the CIT in 2019.

Charleston Southern Buccaneers All-Time Records
Points Scored
Ben Hinson, 2,295
Jamarco Warren, 1,968
Saah Nimley, 1,866

Dan Franz, 1,258
Kelvin Martin, 968
Bo Jamison, 797

Saah Nimley, 511
Ed O’Neil, 504
Errol McPherson, 403


How Small Is Charleston Southern’s Buccaneer Field House?

With an announced capacity of just 881, Buccaneer Field House is the second-smallest arena in Division I basketball. Only fellow Big South Conference foe USC Upstate’s G.B. Hodge Center, with a capacity of 878, holds fewer fans.

What Is Charleston Southern’s Record Against ACC Teams?

Through the end of the 2021-22 season, the Buccaneers have played ACC teams a total of 62 times, winning just once. On February 14th, 1981 Charleston Southern traveled to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech and completely dominated the Yellow Jackets, coming away with a 74-51 victory. The Yellow Jackets had won the previous meeting between the two 111-54.

When Was the Last Time Charleston Southern Won 20 games?

Charleston Southern hasn’t won 20 games since it posted a 21-9 record in the 1986-87 season. The Buccaneers have come close on a few occasions winning 19 games in 1994-95, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15.

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