Dec. 18, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina welcomes Clemson to Conway for the first time since Dec. 30, 2000. The Chants defeated the Tigers last season 60-59 in Clemson marking just the second win in program history over an ACC opponent. Tickets for the game officially sold out early Wednesday afternoon.
Coastal Carolina (3-5) vs. Clemson (6-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 19 | 7:00 p.m. | Conway, S.C. | The HTC Center (3,212)
CCU Game Notes (.pdf)
Clemson Game Notes (.pdf)
The Tigers are under the direction of third-year head coach Brad Brownell. The Tigers have been to four NCAA Tournaments over the past five seasons. Sophomore forward K.J. McDaniels leads the team with 11.9 points per game. Seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings are right behind with 11.2 and 10.9 points per game, respectively. Clemson is coming off a 80-57 win at home over Florida A&M on Saturday. The Tigers opened the season against Big South member Presbyterian and won, 77-44.
Coastal Carolina and Clemson have met six times on the hardwood. The Tigers took the first five meetings before Coastal took a 60-59 victory on the road last season. This will mark Clemson's second trip to Conway and their first to The HTC Center. The last meeting in Conway was in 2000 and the Chants lost 81-68.
ON THIS DATE
Coastal Carolina is 5-5 in games played on Dec. 19 including 3-0 at home. The Chants last meeting on Dec. 19 was last season at East Carolina. The Chants fell 76-51. CCU's home games that fell on Dec. 19 came in 2005, 2007 and 2009. The Chants defeated Chowan 81-59 in 2005, UNC Wilmington 90-86 in 2007 and Savannah State 91-70 in 2009.
Coastal Carolina senior guard Kierre Greenwood became the 22nd player in Big South history with 400 career helpers on Dec. 13 as he dished out eight assists against Toccoa Falls to give himself 403 for his career. He became the third Chanticleer to make the conference's all-time list, joining Robert Dowdell (561 from 1987-91) and Alvin Green (411 from 2000-05).
CRASHING THE BOARDS
The Chants have out-rebounded all but one opponent this season. CCU leads the Big South in rebounding margin at +7.9. Coastal has two players ranked in the top-15 in rebounding in the league, 10th-ranked El Hadji Ndieguene and 12th-ranked Michel Enanga.
Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis spent 10 seasons at Clemson as the head coach of the Tigers. He still ranks as the winningest coach in Clemson history in terms of total victories with 177. The Tigers advanced to three NCAA Tournament appearances and five NITs under his watch. He led Clemson to the only ACC regular season title in program history during the 1989-90 season. He was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1990 and is the only Clemson coach to receive the prestigious award.
CCU freshman Michel Enanga and Clemson freshman Landry Nnoko both call Yaounde, Cameroon home and came to America together to play at Montverde Academy in Clermont, Florida. They helped lead Montverde to a national ranking on the Powerade Fab 50.
TAKING ON THE ACC
The Chanticleers are 2-28 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. CCU's wins came at Clemson last season and at Wake Forest in 1987. CCU has played every ACC team at least once except for Miami. The Chants most recent meeting with an ACC foe came last season at Clemson.
Coastal's Record Versus ACC Opponents
Boston College 0-3
Florida State 0-2
Georgia Tech 0-4
North Carolina 0-1
NC State 0-3
Virginia Tech 0-4
Wake Forest 1-2