Division Title on the Line Saturday
Feb. 28, 2014
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team hosts Charleston Southern University at 2 pm Saturday afternoon with a chance to clinch the Big South Conference South Division Title and a number one seed in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championships. A win for Coastal would mean a first round bye in the tournament and at least a share of the South Division Title. The Buccaneers have already secured the fifth seed out of the South Division but have a chance to spoil CCU's celebration. The Bucs won the regular season title on their home floor last season with a 75-64 victory over the Chants in the 2012-13 regular season finale.
Coastal Carolina (17-12, 10-5 Big South) vs. Charleston Southern (12-16, 6-9 Big South)
Saturday, March 1 | 2:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus Charleston Southern
Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern have met 64 times on the basketball court.
Coastal holds the series lead 33-31 and has won seven of the last nine meetings.
The Buccaneers won the two most recent meetings, 75-64 in Charleston on March 2, 2013 and 70-58 in Charleston on Jan. 8, 2014.
The Chants are 15-13 when playing at home against CSU and have won the last four meetings in Conway.
Let's Talk Tiebreakers
With a win the Chanticleers will claim the #1 seed in the Big South Conference South Division.
To be the #2 seed the Chants would have to lose and have Winthrop lose to Presbyterian.
To be the #3 seed and not earn a bye, the Chants would have to lose and have Winthrop win versus Presbyterian.
To earn the NIT bid from Big South Conference the Chants would need High Point to lose versus Campbell on Friday night, VMI to defeat Longwood on Saturday and the Chants to win against Charleston Southern.
Climbing the Coaching Ranks
Head coach Cliff Ellis tied legendary head coach John Wooden for career wins with CCU's 70-51 victory over Presbyterian.
Wooden won 664 games over 29 seasons, 27 of which were at UCLA where he won 10 NCAA Championships.
Ellis and Wooden are now tied for 28th all-time in career victories.
Ellis needs four more wins to tie former Maryland head coach Gary Williams for 27th overall.
Coastal currently leads the Big South in field goal percentage defense (40.8).
CCU has held opponents at or below 40.0 percent shooting 13 times this season and is 12-1 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 474 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 178 made field goals breaks the previous mark of 156 set by William Calvin during the 1984-85 season.
Junior Warren Gillis is climbing in the Coastal Carolina record book for free throws made in a season.
Gillis has currently knocked down 120 free throws this season which ranks him fifth on the single season charts.
He needs just five more to tie Robert Dowdell for fourth all-time. Dowdell hit 125 free throws during the 1990-91 season.
If Gillis hits 51 more free throws this season he will tie Dowdell for most all-time. Dowdell hit 171 from the charity stripe during the 1989-90 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 15.2 points per game since earning a starting role. He is shooting 42.5 percent from the field and is 50-109 from 3-point range. He also has 64 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.