Dec. 13, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team will host Reinhardt University Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. inside The HTC Center. The game will mark the final home contest for the Chants prior to the holiday break. CCU will look to even up its record and stay perfect in the month of December while the Eagles come into the game riding a three-game win streak and are also unbeaten in December.
Coastal Carolina (4-5) vs. Reinhardt (7-6)
Saturday, Dec. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
Coastal Carolina Versus Reinhardt
• The Chanticleers and Eagles will be meeting for the first time Saturday night.
Chanticleers Versus AAC Opponents
• The Chanticleers are 7-0 all-time against current members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
• The Chants are 5-0 all-time against St. Andrews, 1-0 against Bryan and 1-0 against Montreat.
• CCU last meeting with an AAC opponent was a 74-54 victory over St. Andrews in Conway Dec. 29, 2006.
Coastal Carolina Versus Non-Division I Opponents
• Coastal Carolina is 226-113 all-time against non-Division I opponents.
• Coastal Carolina’s last loss to a non-Division I opponent was the 2008-09 home opener against Coker College. An 80-59 defeat.
• This year’s freshmen class throughout the NCAA was one of the most talked about groups in recent history including Andrew Wiggins, Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle, James Young and the Harrison twins of Kentucky, Aaron Gordon of Arizona, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and Kasey Hill of Florida.
• Despite not being one of those “talked about” freshman, Elijah Wilson currently ranks 12th in the NCAA in scoring among freshmen with his 16.9 points per game. Among the 11 freshmen listed above only Parker and Randle rank ahead of Wilson on the scoring list.
• Junior Josh Cameron made his first two career starts in a CCU uniform last week and did not disappoint.
• In Cameron’s first start he scored a season-high 17 points against Western Carolina while helping the Chants defeat the Catamounts 76-68.
• Cameron was 10-11 from the free throw line against the Catamounts while picking up a pair of steals, two assists and four rebounds.
• In his second career start against North Carolina Wesleyan, Cameron led the Chants in scoring with 21 points while nailing six 3-pointers and hitting 3-4 from the free throw line.
• Cameron also had a season-high five assists against the Battling Bishops.
• Freshman Elijah Wilson has scored in double-figures in all nine games of his career.
• He opened the season with 15 points at Akron. He then scored 16 against Guilford, 14 versus Ole Miss, a career-high 25 at Minnesota, 10 against St. Francis Brooklyn, 22 versus Louisiana, 16 at Clemson, 23 versus Western Carolina and 11 against North Carolina Wesleyan.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by over 100 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 507 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 524 which will break Leasure’s record of 420.
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 10 of the 12 are averaging 9.0 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 nine games into the season, eight players are averaging double-digit minutes with five averaging more than 20 per game.