Jan. 28, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team welcomes in the Flames of Liberty University Wednesday night at 7 pm. The Chants are currently tied for first in the Big South Conference South Division while the Flames currently sit in a four-way tie for second in the North Division. Liberty won twice against the Chants last season including knocking Coastal out of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Championships.
Coastal Carolina (11-9, 4-2 Big South) vs. Liberty (9-12, 3-3 Big South)
Wednesday, Jan. 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus Liberty
• Coastal Carolina and Liberty have met 51 times on the hardwood.
• Liberty leads the series 28-23 but CCU has won five of the last eight meetings between the two teams.
• The Chants are 12-12 all-time in Conway versus the Flames and have won the three of the last four meetings at home.
• Liberty won the most recent meeting between the two teams in last season’s Big South Conference Tournament. The Flames defeated CCU 78-61 in the opening round.
Liberty Remains Perfect at The HTC Center
• Liberty University is the only school in the Big South Conference that has an undefeated record inside The HTC Center in both men’s and women’s basketball.
• The men are a perfect 4-0 inside The HTC Center after winning four straight games to capture the 2013 VisitMytleBeach.com Big South Conference Championship.
• The women are a perfect 5-0 inside The HTC Center after winning the 2013 VisitMytleBeach.com Big South Conference Championship and picking up regular season wins over the Chants in 2013 and 2014.
• Junior Josh Cameron earned a starting spot eight games into the season and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 17.2 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and is 34-72 from 3-point range. He also has a team-high 43 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 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.
• The Chants have used seven different starting lineups this season with varying levels of success.
• CCU’s most recent starting five are Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Diagne and Ndieguene who are 1-0 when starting together this season.
• CCU’s starting five with the most wins are Gillis, Cameron, Wilson, Enanga and Ndieguene who are 7-2 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.
• 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 11th in the NCAA in scoring among freshmen with his 16.1 points per game. Among the 11 freshmen listed above only Parker and Randle rank ahead of Wilson on the scoring list.
• Three of the top-11 freshmen scorers in the NCAA come out of the Big South Conference including #3 QJ Peterson, VMI (20.1 ppg.), #7 Andrew Rowsey, UNCA (17.0 ppg.) and #11 Elijah Wilson, CCU (16.1 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 18 of the 20 games this season.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 79 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 483 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 499 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.