Feb. 21, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team hits the road for the final time during the 2013-14 regular season. The Chanticleers take on UNC Asheville for the second time this season after defeating the Bulldogs 81-78 inside The HTC Center in January. CCU holds a one game lead in the Big South Conference South Division with three regular season games remaining. UNC Asheville, Winthrop and Gardner-Webb are all one game back.
Coastal Carolina (16-11, 9-4 Big South) at UNC Asheville (14-13, 8-5 Big South)
Saturday, Feb. 22 | 2:00 p.m. | Asheville, N.C. | Kimmel Arena (3,200)
Coastal Carolina Versus UNC Asheville
• Coastal Carolina and UNC Asheville have met 65 times on the basketball court.
• The Chants lead the series 34-31 and have won three of the last four 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.
• Coastal edged UNC Asheville earlier this season 81-78 at home.
• The Bulldogs have won six of the last 10 meetings in Asheville.
Climbing the Coaching Ranks
• Head coach Cliff Ellis is one win away from tying legendary head coach John Wooden for career wins.
• Wooden won 664 games over 29 seasons, 27 of which were at UCLA where he won 10 NCAA Championships.
• With a win, Ellis will tie Wooden for 28th all-time in career victories.
• Coastal currently leads the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.5).
• CCU has held opponents at or below 40.0 percent shooting 12 times this season and is 11-1 in those contests.
One of the Best
• Freshman Elijah Wilson broke the CCU freshman scoring record and the freshman field goals made mark.
• Wilson has scored 437 points this season which breaks the record held by CCU Hall of Fame member Jack Leasure who scored 420 points during the 2004-05 season.
• Wilson’s 167 made field goals breaks the previous mark of 156 set by William Calvin during the 1984-85 season.
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 15.7 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 43.4 percent from the field and is 49-104 from 3-point range. He also has 61 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.
• From Nov. 29 through Feb. 5, Cameron held a 16-game double-digit scoring streak.
• 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 6-2 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.
• Elijah Wilson, Josh Cameron and Warren Gillis rank ninth, 11th and 12th in scoring in the conference.
• CCU is one of two teams to have three members in the top-12 in scoring in the conference.
• VMI has the first, fifth and seventh ranked scorers.
• UNC Asheville has two members ranked in the top-12.