Jan. 17, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team takes on Winthrop University Saturday night inside The HTC Center at 7 pm in a game presented by Papa Johns. The Chants and Eagles are tied atop the Big South Conference South Division. Coastal comes in after a close 81-78 victory over UNC Asheville at home while Winthrop dropped its most recent game a 56-51 defeat at home against Gardner-Webb.
Coastal Carolina (9-8, 2-1 Big South) vs. Winthrop (8-7, 2-1 Big South)
Saturday, Jan. 18 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus Winthrop
• Coastal Carolina and Winthrop have met 75 times on the basketball court.
• Coastal holds the series lead at 39-36.
• The two teams have split the series 5-5 over the last 10 games but CCU is 7-3 in the last 10 games in Conway against WU.
• CCU’s last win over the Eagles came Feb. 27, 2013 in Conway, 73-54.
• 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 6-1 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 10 games, the first 10 starts of his career, and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game over the last 10 outings. He is shooting 43.8 percent from the field and is 27-54 (50.0 percent) from 3-point range. He also has a team-high 36 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.
• In Coastal’s most recent win over UNC Asheville he scored a career-high 29 points which included him hitting his first five 3-point attempts before finishing 5-6 from 3-point range.
• 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 15.6 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 (16.2 ppg.) and #14 Elijah Wilson, CCU (15.6 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 15 of the 17 games this season.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 64 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 469 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 484 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.
• The Chants currently lead the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.2).
• CCU has held opponents under 40.0 percent shooting seven times this season including a season-low 27.4 percent against Guilford College.
Rebounding Is Key
• The Chants are currently 8-3 when outrebounding their opponents this season and 1-5 when tying or being outrebounded by their opponents.
• CCU ranks second in the Big South in rebounding margin (+4.7).
• Senior El Hadji Ndieguene and sophomore Michel Enanga are key factors in the rebounding game as Ndieguene ranks third (8.3) in the conference in rebounding and Enanga ranks ninth (6.5).