Jan. 8, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team hosts Presbyterian College this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in CCU's Big South Conference home opener. The Chanticleers are currently 1-0 in Big South play thanks to an 80-72 victory at Longwood on Saturday while the Blue Hose are 0-1 after falling to VMI 86-77 at home on Saturday.
Coastal Carolina (6-6, 1-0 BSC) vs. Presbyterian (3-12, 0-1 BSC)
Wednesday, Jan. 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Presbyterian is under the direction of Gregg Nibert who is in the midst of his 24th season as head coach at PC. The Blue Hose have yet to pick up a victory this season over a Division I opponent but have played one of the toughest schedules in the conference. PC opened the season with four-straight road games at Clemson, Georgia Tech, #15 Creighton and #24 Wisconsin. Their other D-I opponents have included Cornell, Florida A&M, Furman, Jacksonville State, Tennessee, Appalachian State, South Carolina and VMI. PC's three wins have come against Toccoa Falls, North Greenville and Montreat. The Blue Hose are led by preseason all-Big South second team selection Khalid Mutakabbir who is averaging 14.9 points per game. Jordan Downing and Joshua Clyburn are each averaging just over 12 points per game as well.
Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian have met 16 times on the hardwood. CCU leads the series 10-6 including winning the last six meetings. Despite the series lead, the Chants are just 5-4 against the Blue Hose in Conway. Presbyterian's last win against the Chants came Feb. 4, 2009 at home 65-62. PC also defeated the Chants in Conway 56-53 in overtime that same season on Dec. 3, 2009. Last season CCU won by 18 points at home (81-63) and just three points on the road (52-49).
CONFERENCE HOME OPENERS
The Chanticleers have an all-time record of 22-5 in conference home openers including an 8-2 record over the last 10 seasons. Coastal began Big South Conference play by winning their first 10 home openers before dropping the 1995-96 conference home opener. CCU is 4-1 in conference home openers under current head coach Cliff Ellis.
The Chanticleers current two-game win streak is tied for the longest win streak of the season. CCU defeated Toccoa Falls and Clemson in back-to-back games earlier this year.
ON THIS DATE
Coastal Carolina is 4-4 in games played on Jan. 9 including 1-2 at home. The Chants last meeting on Jan. 9 was in 2010 at Gardner-Webb. The Chants won 80-64. CCU's last home game on Jan. 9 came in 1999 against Elon and the Chants fell 64-61.
Coastal Carolina senior guard Kierre Greenwood became the 22nd player in Big South history with 400 career helpers on Dec. 13 as he dished out eight assists against Toccoa Falls to give himself 403 for his career. He became the third Chanticleer to make the conference's all-time list, joining Robert Dowdell (561 from 1987-91) and Alvin Green (411 from 2000-05). He now has 427 career assists. Greenwood is now 18th all-time in the Big South in assists needs just three more to move past UNC Asheville's Matt Dickey (429 from 2008-12) for 17th.
STEALING THE SHOW
Coastal ranks second in the Big South and 18th in the NCAA in steals. Four players are ranked in the top-15 in steals per game in the Big South including third-ranked Anthony Raffa, sixth-ranked Kierre Greenwood, ninth-ranked Warren Gillis and 15th-ranked Michel Enanga.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
The Chants have out-rebounded all but two opponents this season. CCU leads the Big South in rebounding margin at +6.7. Coastal has two players ranked in the top-15 in rebounding in the league, 13th-ranked El Hadji Ndieguene and 14th-ranked Michel Enanga.
1,000 POINT CLUB
Senior guard Anthony Raffa eclipsed the 1,000 point mark at Coastal with a 26-point performance against Johnson & Wales. He needed just 14 points heading into the game and it took him just 9:40 to reach the 1,000 point milestone. He is now the 17th CCU player to reach mark. Raffa had already eclipsed 1,000 points for his college career heading into the 2012-13 season with his 271 points at Albany combined with his total at Coastal. He now has 1,395 points in his college career and 1,124 in a Coastal uniform.
Kierre Greenwood is approaching the 1,000 point scoring mark at Coastal Carolina as well. He could become the 18th CCU player to reach the milestone. Greenwood currently has 999 career points and needs one more to join the elite group of Chanticleers who have eclipsed the 1,000 point mark.