Dec. 16, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team will travel to South Carolina State University Tuesday night for an in-state tilt at 7:30 p.m. The Chants are currently riding a three-game winning streak and are looking to remain unbeaten in the month of December while the Bulldogs are coming off a 10-day break and are working to turn around a 2-7 record.
Coastal Carolina (5-5) at South Carolina State (2-7)
Tuesday, Dec. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Orangeburg, S.C. | Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center (3,200)
Radio: Sports Radio 100.3 "The Team"
Audio Stream: Chanticleer Sports Network
Twitter Updates: @GoCCUSports
Coastal Carolina Versus South Carolina State
• The Chanticleers are 8-4 all-time against the Bulldogs but have not faced them since 2006.
• The Bulldogs won the most recent meeting in Orangeburg, 81-80 in overtime, ending CCU’s four-game win streak at South Carolina State.
• The Chants and Bulldogs have split the last four meetings.
Chanticleers Versus MEAC Opponents
• The Chanticleers are 13-9 all-time against current members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
• The Chants are 1-1 all-time against Hampton, 0-3 against North Carolina A&T, 2-0 against North Carolina Central, 2-1 Savannah State and 8-4 against South Carolina State.
• CCU last meeting with an MEAC opponent was a 94-59 victory over North Carolina Central in Conway Feb. 17, 2011.
• 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 has started the last three games, the first three starts of his career, and has not disappointed.
• 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.
• In Cameron’s most recent start against Reinhardt, he scored 12 points and dished out a career-high seven assists.
• Freshman Elijah Wilson has scored in double-figures in all 10 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, 11 against North Carolina Wesleyan and 16 versus Reinhardt.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 100 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 504 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 520 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 10 games into the season, nine players are averaging double-digit minutes with five averaging more than 20 per game.