Nov. 15, 2013
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina continues its run of bringing in top level competition to Conway. In 2011-12 the Chants brought LSU to Kimble Arena, last season CCU hosted Clemson inside The HTC Center and this season CCU will step it up one more notch as the defending Southeast Conference Champions come to town. The Chants went toe-to-toe with the Rebels last season and led at halftime before falling in the second half.
Coastal Carolina (1-1) vs. Ole Miss (1-0)
Saturday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
TV: HTC Channel 4 with Aaron Marks and Layne Harris on the call
Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team" with Matt Hogue on the call
Live Stats: GoCCUSports.com
Live Video: BigSouthSports.com
Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports, @Chants365
Coastal Carolina Versus Ole Miss
• The Chanticleers took on the Rebels for the first time in program history last season. The Chants held their own during the first half taking a 39-36 lead into the halftime break.
• The Rebels stormed back in the second half and downed the Chants 90-72.
• Current sophomore Michel Enanga had eight points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the first half against Ole Miss, while current junior Warren Gillis led the Chants with 10 points at the break. Current senior El Hadji Ndieguene also had a great first half with six points and six rebounds.
• All three struggled to replicate their first half numbers in the second as Enanga scored just two points and grabbed one board in the second half. Gillis had four more points in the second while Ndieguene grabbed one more rebound.
Chanticleers Versus SEC Opponents
• Coastal Carolina is 3-13 all-time against Southeastern Conference opponents.
• The Chants are 1-0 when hosting an SEC member in Conway after a 71-63 victory over LSU during the 2010-11 season.
• CCU's other two SEC victories came on the road over LSU during the 2009-10 season and South Carolina during the 1993-94 season.
Smith Versus Ole Miss
• Graduate-transfer Eric Smith faced Ole Miss three times while at South Carolina and has a 2-1 record against the Rebels.
• Smith's last meeting with the Rebels may be the most memorable as Smith hit a game-winning three with 25 seconds left on the clock to give South Carolina its signature win of the 2012-13 season.
• Smith led the Gamecocks in assists (5) and was second in points (12) and minutes played (34) against Ole Miss last season.
• He was the primary defender on Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson for much of the game and held the sharpshooter to just 11 points in 35 minutes of action.
• Smith's two previous meetings with Ole Miss came during the 2010-11 season. In a 79-73 USC win, Smith dished out a team-high seven assists in just 18 minutes of action.
• The Chants have managed four major upsets over the past three seasons against BCS level teams.
• Under the guidance of head coach Cliff Ellis the Chants have knocked off LSU twice and Clemson twice over the past three seasons.
•The tremendous run began Dec. 13, 2010 when the Chants traveled to Baton Rouge, La. and knocked off the LSU Tigers 78-69 in overtime.
•The Tigers made a trip to Conway, S.C. the following season on Nov. 15, 2011 and once again the Chants came out on top 71-63.
•The magic continued just seven days later as CCU made a trip to Clemson, S.C. and took down the Tigers from Clemson, 60-59 on a last second shot.
•CCU's most recent upset came last season as Clemson traveled to Conway on Dec. 19, 2012. The Chants dominated throughout the game and came away with a 69-46 victory.
The Elijah Wilson Show
• Freshman Elijah Wilson has not disappointed Chant fans over his first two games in a CCU uniform as he has paced the Chanticleer offense.
• Wilson entered the 2013-14 season known as the freshman guard who had tied Michael Jordan's single-game scoring record at Laney High School during his senior season. He has now become CCU's leading scorer and top minute man.
•Through two games, Wilson is averaging 30.5 minutes per contest, six minutes better than the next Chanticleer, and 15.5 points per game, 4.5 better than his next highest teammate.
It Takes a Team
• The 2013-14 edition of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers is a very balanced attack. Head coach Cliff Ellis has used all 12 available players so far this season and 11 of the 12 are averaging 8.5 minutes or more of action.
• The ability to stay on the floor has become much more competitive this season than in years past when the Chants featured game-tested veterans.
• With a roster that features just one player who has been in the CCU system for more than one season, the competition for playing time is evident every minute of practice and throughout the games.
• Just two games into the season, nine players are averaging double-digit minutes with just three averaging more than 20 per game.