March 4, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's basketball team opens up VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Championship play by taking on Liberty University at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening inside The HTC Center. The Chants are 12-3 at home this season while the Flames are just 3-11 on the road.
Coastal Carolina (14-14, 9-7 BSC) vs. Liberty (11-20, 6-10 BSC)
Tuesday, March 5 | 8:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team" with Matt Hogue on the call
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network
Video Stream ($): Big South Network
CCU Game Notes (.pdf)
Liberty is under the direction of fourth year head coach Dale Layer. The Flames opened the season losing 10 of their first 11 games. They enter the tournament having won three of their last six games including a 73-56 victory over Radford in their final regular season game. LU is led by Big South Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year John Caleb Sanders who is averaging 13.8 points per game. Tavares Speaks is averaging 13.1 ppg. while Davon Marshall is scoring 12.8 ppg. JR Coronado leads the team and is third in the conference in rebounding with 8.4 boards per game. Tomasz Gielo led the Flames in their victory over the Chants earlier this season with 19 points and six rebounds. Sanders had 13 points while Speaks had 11.
Coastal Carolina and Liberty have met 50 times on the hardwood. Liberty leads the series 27-23 but CCU has won five of the last seven meetings between the two teams. The Chants are 12-11 all-time in Conway versus the Flames and have won the last three meetings at home. Coastal is 0-3 all-time in Big South Tournament games against Liberty. The last time the Chants faced the Flames in Big South Tournament action was in 2004, the Chants fell 88-73. CCU's last win over the Flames came on Dec. 3, 2011 in Conway, 78-68.
ON THIS DATE
Coastal Carolina is 1-2 in games played on March 5 including 0-1 at home. The Chants' most recent March 5 game came in 2011 at home against UNC Asheville, the Chants fell 60-47. CCU's lone win on March 5 came in 1993 against UMBC, 66-59, in Charleston.
COASTAL IN BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT
Coastal holds a 14-22 all-time record in the Big South Tournament dating back to the 1985-86 season. The Chanticleers have won the tournament three times but not since 1993. Coastal also won the tournament in `90 and `91. Last season the second-seeded Chanticleers lost to the No. 7 seed VMI 85-68 in the quarterfinals.
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 89-39. 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 +6.1. 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 481 career assists. Greenwood is now 13th all-time in the Big South in assists and needs 24 more to move past Charleston Southern's Ed O'Neil (504 from 2000-04) for 12th.