Chants Host UNC Asheville Wednesday Night in Big South Home Opener
Jan. 14, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team opens the home portion of their Big South Conference schedule Wednesday evening as the Chants take on the Bulldogs of UNC Asheville. UNCA comes in with a perfect 2-0 conference record while the Chants sit at 1-1. The game will feature two of the top freshmen scorers in the country including ninth-ranked Andrew Rowsey (16.3 ppg.) of UNC Asheville and 14th-ranked Elijah Wilson (15.4 ppg.) from Coastal Carolina.
Coastal Carolina (8-8, 1-1 Big South) vs. UNC Asheville (8-8, 2-0 Big South)
Wednesday, Jan. 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus UNC Asheville
• Coastal Carolina and UNC Asheville have met 64 times on the basketball court.
• The Chants lead the series 33-31 but have lost four of the last six meetings.
• CCU and UNCA split in the two meetings last season. The Chants won at home 65-64 while the Bulldogs took the game in Asheville 63-60.
• CCU has won the last two match-ups in Conway and are 22-12 at home against the Bulldogs.
Coastal Carolina In Big South Home Openers
• The Chanticleers have an all-time record of 22-5 in conference home openers including a 9-1 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 5-1 in conference home openers under current head coach Cliff Ellis with the lone loss coming in overtime to Presbyterian during the 2008-09 season.
• 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 5-1 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 nine games, the first nine starts of his career, and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 15.4 points per game over the last nine outings. He is shooting 41.5 percent from the field and is 22-48 from 3-point range. He also has a team-high 33 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 14th in the NCAA in scoring among freshmen with his 15.4 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-14 freshmen scorers in the NCAA come out of the Big South Conference including #2 QJ Peterson, VMI (20.2 ppg.), #9 Andrew Rowsey, UNCA (16.3 ppg.) and #14 Elijah Wilson, CCU (15.4 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 14 of the 16 games this season.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 58 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 463 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 478 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.
• The Chants currently lead the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.5).
• CCU has held opponents under 40.0 percent shooting six times this season including a season-low 27.4 percent against Guilford College.