March 1, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team travels to Charleston Southern University Saturday for a game with huge implications. The Bucs are playing for a South Division Championship while the Chants look to improve their seeding heading into the tournament. With a win the Bucs claim the 2013 Big South Conference South Division Championship but with a loss and a Gardner-Webb win the Runnin' Bulldogs will be crowned regular season champs.
Coastal Carolina (14-13, 9-6 BSC) at Charleston Southern (16-11, 11-4 BSC)
Saturday, March 2 | 4:30 p.m. | Charleston, S.C. | CSU Field House (881)
Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team" with Chris Burgin on the call
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network
Video Stream ($): Big South Network
CCU Game Notes (.pdf)
ABOUT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN
The Buccaneers are under the direction of eighth-year head coach Barclay Radebaugh. Charleston Southern played a tough non-conference slate including trips to nationally-ranked opponents Arizona and Wichita State. The Bucs also faced Charlotte, East Tennessee State, Alabama, The Citadel and College of Charleston. CSU has lost its last two games but has won its three last home games. The Bucs are led by a pair of first team preseason all-conference selections, Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper. Nimley is averaging 16.0 points and 5.2 assists per game while Harper is scoring 14.7 points per contest and shooting 47.0 percent from the field.
Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern have met 62 times on the basketball court. Coastal holds the series lead 33-29 and has won the last seven meetings. The Bucs last win over the Chants came on Feb. 26, 2009 in Charleston. CSU swept the season series in 2008-09 winning in Conway 71-69 that season as well. CCU's last win over Charleston Southern came earlier this season in Conway, 73-53.
ON THIS DATE
Coastal Carolina is 6-1 in games played on March 2 including 2-0 on the road. The Chants most recent March 2 game came in 2010 at home against VMI, the Chants won 82-73. CCU has never played a regular season game on March 2.
LET'S TALK TIEBREAKERS
Coastal Carolina is currently one game behind UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb for second in the Big South South Division standings. If CCU loses to CSU the Chants will be the No. 4 seed out of the South and will play the No. 5 seed of the North. If CCU wins and UNCA and GWU both lose the Chants will take the No. 3 seed out of the South due to the tiebreaker and play the No. 6 seed out of the North. If CCU and GWU win and UNCA loses the Chants will again take the No. 3 seed. If all three teams win the Chants will take the No. 4 seed and if CCU and UNCA win and GWU loses the Chants will once again be the No. 4 seed.
ALL HE DOES IS WIN
Senior Kierre Greenwood became the winningest four-year player in Coastal Carolina men's basketball history with CCU's win over Presbyterian on Feb. 13. Greenwood has now been a part of 89 wins which is the most by any four-year player in Coastal Carolina history. CCU's record with Greenwood on the roster is 89-38. The previous best four-year stretch was 86-45 from 2008-12.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
The Chants have out-rebounded all but six opponents this season. CCU leads the Big South and is 24th in the NCAA in rebounding margin at +6.3. Coastal has two players ranked in the top-20 in rebounding in the league, seventh-ranked El Hadji Ndieguene and 16th-ranked Michel Enanga.
Coastal Carolina senior guard Kierre Greenwood became the 22nd player in Big South history with 400 career helpers on Dec. 13 as he dished out eight assists against Toccoa Falls to give himself 403 for his career. He became the third Chanticleer to make the conference's all-time list, joining Robert Dowdell (561 from 1987-91) and Alvin Green (411 from 2000-05). He now has 477 career assists. Greenwood is now 13th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs 28 more to move past Charleston Southern's Ed O'Neil (504 from 2000-04) for 12th.