CONWAY, SC - The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team has released its 2007-08 schedule today, Sept. 13, as announced by head coach Cliff Ellis. The Chanticleers will host 13 games at Kimbel Arena and one at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
"There are a lot of challenges for us in this schedule," the first-year CCU coach said. "A lot of the challenges are early, as far as road contests, with going to Cincinnati, Wright State, McNeese State and Houston, just to name a few. Those road games are going to be challenges for us early. We are heading to East Carolina, which is a good Conference USA basketball team, as well as the home-and-home with UNC Wilmington. There are just a lot of challenges, especially for a team in transition with a new coach and players trying to find themselves in a new system. I am excited about it, as the non-conference slate should certainly prepare us for the rigors of the conference schedule."
Coastal will open the season at home for the first time since 1999-2000, hosting North Greenville, Fri., Nov. 9 and Campbell, Tue., Nov. 13 before hitting the road for a two-game swing through Ohio, the second straight year CCU will play in the state. On that trip, the Chanticleers will take on Cincinnati, Fri., Nov. 16, and NCAA Tournament team Wright State, returning last year's game Mon., Nov. 19.
CCU will then return home to host Anderson, Wed., Nov. 21 before another two-game swing takes Coastal to Louisiana and Texas. The Chants will return another game from 2006-07, playing at McNeese State, Sat., Nov. 24 before taking on Houston, Mon., Nov. 26. New Big South member Presbyterian travels to Kimbel Arena Fri., Dec. 7 followed by another set of road games at UNC Wilmington Sun., Dec. 9 and at Canisius Sat., Dec. 15.
The Chants then have a stretch of five of their next six contests on the Grand Strand, starting with the finale of a regular season home-and-home with the Seahawks of UNCW Wed., Dec. 19. CCU then heads to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the second straight year, taking on Georgia State Sat., Dec. 22. Coastal rings in the new year at East Carolina Wed., Jan. 2 and then returns to Kimbel Arena to host Susquehanna Sat., Jan. 5.
Coastal then starts Big South Conference play at home by welcoming Radford and VMI to Kimbel Arena and Jan. 12 and 14, respectively. The Chants then hit the road for three consecutive road games, heading to High Point Sat., Jan. 19 and Liberty Mon., Jan. 21 before going to Rock Hill to take on defending champion Winthrop Sat., Jan. 26.
A three-game set at home then awaits Coastal. UNC Asheville kicks off the homestand Mon., Jan. 28 with in-state rival Charleston Southern following Sat., Feb. 2. The series finale with Winthrop wraps it up Wed., Feb. 6.
CCU will then play four of its last six games on the road, starting at VMI Sat, Feb. 9, and at Radford, Mon., Feb. 11. Coastal plays its last two regular-season home games on Feb. 16 and 18, taking on Liberty and High Point, respectively, before closing the season at UNC Asheville, Wed., Feb. 27, and Charleston Southern Sat., Mar. 1. All the league games continue to be important, as the top four seeds will host the opening rounds of the Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Championship, Mar. 4, with higher seeds hosting the remaining rounds Mar. 6 and 8.
Day Date Opponent Time
Fri. Nov. 9 North Greenville 7 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 13 Campbell 7 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 16 at Cincinnati TBA
Mon. Nov. 19 at Wright State 7 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 21 Anderson 7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 24 at McNeese State 3 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 26 at Houston 7 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 7 Presbyterian 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 9 at UNC Wilmington 4 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 15 at Canisius 7 p.m.
Wed. Dec. 19 UNC Wilmington 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 22 Georgia State (Convention Center) 6 p.m.
Wed. Jan. 2 at East Carolina 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 5 Susquehanna 2 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 12 Radford* 2 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 14 VMI* 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 19 at High Point* 7 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 21 at Liberty* 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 26 at Winthrop* 7 p.m.
Mon. Jan. 28 UNC Asheville* 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 2 Charleston Southern* 1 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 6 Winthrop* 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 9 at VMI* 1 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 11 at Radford* 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 16 Liberty* 2 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 18 High Point* 7 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 27 at UNC Asheville* 7 p.m.
Sat. Mar. 1 at Charleston Southern* 7:30 p.m.
Tue. Mar. 4 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Quarterfinals $ 7 p.m.
Thu. Mar. 6 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Semifinals $ TBA
Sat. Mar. 8 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Championship $ TBA
* Big South Conference Game
$ Home sites of higher seed
All home games in BOLD CAPS. All times are site times.