Jan. 31, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team travels to Buies Creek, N.C., on Saturday to battle the Fighting Camels of Campbell University live on ESPNU at 11 am. The match-up pits the number one team in the Big South Conference South Division versus the number one team in the North Division midway through the conference race. The Chants are looking for their first win on Campbell’s home court since the 1992-93 season.
Coastal Carolina (12-9, 5-2 Big South) at Campbell (11-11, 5-2 Big South)
Saturday, Feb. 1 | 11:00 a.m. | Buies Creek, N.C. | John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center (3,095)
Coastal Carolina Versus Campbell
• Coastal Carolina and Campbell have met 36 times on the basketball court.
• Campbell holds the series lead at 21-15 but the teams have split the last 10 meetings 5-5.
• The Chants won the most recent meeting between the two squads last season, 73-59. at home.
• Coastal is just 3-16 in Buies Creek, N.C. The Chants last win on the Fighting Camels’ home floor came Feb. 18, 1993.
Enanga Works Hard in the Classroom
• Sophomore forward Michel Enanga was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
• Enanga carries a 3.57 GPA in computer science.
• Enanga is just the fourth student-athlete and sixth selection in Coastal Carolina men’s basketball program history following in the footsteps of Jack Leasure (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08), Logan Johnson (2009-10) and Sam McLaurin (2011-12).
• Junior Josh Cameron earned a starting spot eight games into the season and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and is 37-77 from 3-point range. He also has a team-high 45 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 2-0 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 19 of the 21 games this season.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 75 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 479 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 495 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.