Jan. 10, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team heads to Boiling Springs, N.C. in search of its first Big South Conference victory. The Chants lost a pair of Big South games to Gardner-Webb last season which broke a streak of three-straight wins for the Chants over the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
Coastal Carolina (7-8, 0-1 Big South) at Gardner-Webb (7-9, 0-1 Big South)
Saturday, Jan. 11 | 7:00 p.m. | Boiling Springs, N.C. | Paul Porter Arena (3,500)
Coastal Carolina Versus Gardner-Webb
• Coastal Carolina and Gardner-Webb have met 12 times on the basketball court.
• The series is tied at 6-6 but CCU has won six of the last nine meetings.
• The Runnin’ Bulldogs swept the Chants last season winning 70-63 in Conway and hitting a last second tip-in to edge the Chants 66-65 in Boiling Springs.
• Coastal has won three of the last four meetings in Boiling Springs.
• The Chants have used six different starting line-ups this season with varying levels of success.
• CCU’s best starting five are Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Ndieguene who are 4-1 when starting together this season.
• CCU’s opening day lineup of Gillis, Smith, Wilson, Enanga and Ljeskovic lasted just one game while the next game’s lineup lasted just a game as well with Smith, Wilson, Enanga, Ljeskovic and Curtis comprising that starting five.
• The starting five of Gillis, Smith, Wilson, Enanga and Ndieguene lasted five games with a 1-4 record.
• The starting five of Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Curtis went 1-1.
• Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Ljeskovic are 0-1 as a starting five.
• Junior Josh Cameron has started the last eight games, the first eight starts of his career, and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 15.5 points per game over the last eight outings. He is shooting 41.2 percent from the field and is 20-44 from 3-point range. He also has a team-high 27 assists over that span.
• In CCU’s win on the road at Central Connecticut he hit a four-point play with 22 seconds left on the clock which turned out to be the game-winner as the Chants defeated CCSU, 65-62.
• This year’s freshmen class throughout the NCAA was one of the most talked about groups in recent history including Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle, James Young and the Harrison twins of Kentucky, Aaron Gordon of Arizona, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and Kasey Hill of Florida.
• Despite not being one of those “talked about” freshmen, Elijah Wilson currently ranks 13th in the NCAA in scoring among freshmen with his 15.5 points per game. Among the 11 freshmen listed above only Parker, Randle and Wiggins rank ahead of Wilson on the scoring list.
• Three of the top-13 freshmen scorers in the NCAA come out of the Big South Conference including #3 QJ Peterson, VMI (19.8 ppg.), #8 Andrew Rowsey, UNCA (16.4 ppg.) and #13 Elijah Wilson, CCU (15.5 ppg.).
• Freshman Elijah Wilson opened his career with 12-straight games scoring in double-figures.
• He opened the season with 15 points at Akron. He then scored 16 against Guilford, 14 versus Ole Miss, a career-high 25 at Minnesota, 10 against St. Francis Brooklyn, 22 versus Louisiana, 16 at Clemson, 23 versus Western Carolina, 11 against North Carolina Wesleyan, 16 versus Reinhardt, 10 against SC State and 14 at Central Connecticut.
• He has now scored in double-figures in 13 of the 15 games this season.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 47 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 452 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 467 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.
It Takes a Team
• The 2013-14 edition of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers is a very balanced attack. Head coach Cliff Ellis has used all 12 available players so far this season and 10 of the 12 are averaging 11 minutes or more of action.
• The ability to stay on the floor has become much more competitive this season than in years past when the Chants featured game-tested veterans.
• With a roster that features just one player who has been in the CCU system for more than one season, the competition for playing time is evident every minute of practice and throughout the games.
• 15 games into the season, 10 players are averaging double-digit minutes with five averaging more than 20 per game.
• The Chants currently lead the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.7).
• CCU has held opponents under 40.0 percent shooting five times this season including a season-low 27.4 percent against Guilford College.