Coastal Carolina Heads to Tennessee Tech Thursday
Nov. 14, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina continues its road trip this Thursday as they take on the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech. The game is a return visit from last season's ESPN BracketBusters game in which the Golden Eagles won 77-71 in Conway.
Coastal Carolina (1-1) at Tennessee Tech (1-0)
Thursday, Nov. 15 | 8:00 p.m. | Cookeville, Tenn. | Eblen Center (10,152)
CCU Game Notes (.pdf)
ABOUT TENNESSEE TECH
The 2011-12 squad finished 19-14, won the iBN Sports Las Vegas Classic, and earned two all-OVC first-team honors. The team's leading scorer, Kevin Murphy, graduated and was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. Ohio Valley Conference assists and steals leader Zac Swansey graduated, as did seven-footer Liam McMorrow, who was taken by the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League draft. Also among the departed for the Golden Eagles include four-time team defensive player of the year Zach Bailey, leading blocker Bassey Inameti, four-year role player Riley Hunley, John Sexton, and Chase Dunn. With just six players returning from last season's squad, only five of which played last season, the Golden Eagles added two transfers, four true freshman, and two redshirt freshmen to round out the 2012-13 roster.
Coastal Carolina and Tennessee Tech have met three times on the hardwood. The Golden Eagles hold a 2-1 advantage in the series including taking down the Chants 77-71 in Conway last season as part of the BracketBusters event. Coastal's lone win in the series came at home during the 1987-88 season. The Chants defeated Tennessee Tech 91-80 in that meeting.
JUST THE TWO OF US
Head Coach Cliff Ellis became just the second coach in NCAA Division I history to win 100 or more games at four different institutions with a win over Akron earlier this season. Coach Ellis has won 100 or more games at South Alabama (171), Clemson (177), Auburn (186) and Coastal Carolina (100). He joined Lefty Driesell who won 100 or more games at Davidson (176), Maryland (348), James Madison (159) and Georgia State (103).
ON THIS DATE
Coastal Carolina is 1-1 in games played on Nov. 15. The Chants lost their first ever Nov. 15 match-up against Coker in the 2008-09 home opener, 80-59. Coastal's most recent Nov. 15 game came last season as the Chants downed LSU in Conway, 71-63.