Dec. 20, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team travels to New Britain, Conn. for its final road game of 2013 as the Chants take on the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University at 1 p.m. on Saturday. CCU is searching for its first road victory of the season while the Blue Devils look to improve to 3-1 at home this season.
Coastal Carolina (5-6) at Central Connecticut State University (3-7)
Saturday, Dec. 21 | 1:00 p.m. | New Britain, Conn. | Detrick Gymnasium (2,654)
Coastal Carolina Versus Central Connecticut
• The Chanticleers and Blue Devils have never met on the hardwood.
Chanticleers Versus NEC Opponents
• Coastal Carolina is 3-2 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents.
• CCU defeated St. Francis Brooklyn 70-59 earlier this season at home as part of the EA Sports Maui on the Mainland Tournament.
• The Chants also won against St. Francis and Long Island University during the 1986-87 season.
• The Chants two losses in the NEC came against Fairleigh Dickinson.
• Junior Josh Cameron has started the last four games, the first four starts of his career, and has not disappointed.
• Cameron is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game over the last four outings. He is shooting 52.5 percent from the field and is 11-22 from 3-point range. He also has a team-high 18 assists over that span.
• 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 11th in the NCAA in scoring among freshmen with his 16.8 points per game. Among the 11 freshmen listed above only Parker and Randle rank ahead of Wilson on the scoring list.
• Freshman Elijah Wilson has scored in double-figures in all 11 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, 16 versus Reinhardt and 10 against SC State.
• He is currently on track to break the freshman scoring record at CCU by 81 points set by Jack Leasure during the 2004-05 season.
• If he continues at his current pace he will score 485 points during the regular season and with at least one postseason game he will bump that total to 501 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.
• 11 games into the season, nine players are averaging double-digit minutes with five averaging more than 20 per game.
The Elijah Wilson Show
• Freshman Elijah Wilson has not disappointed Chant fans over his first nine 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 11 games, Wilson is averaging 30.1 minutes per contest and 16.2 points per game, 3.5 points more than his next highest teammate.
• Wilson was named the Crons Brand Big South Co-Freshman of the Week on Nov. 25. Wilson averaged 19.0 points per game while shooting 61.8 percent from the field (21-of-34) and 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from 3-point range in three games as part of the EA Sport Maui Invitational. He was nearly perfect at the free throw line hitting 8-of-9 attempts. He also picked up 3.3 rebounds per game. He opened his week with a game-high 25 points at Minnesota, as he was 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range. He tallied 10 markers, five rebounds and was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in CCU’s win over St. Francis Brooklyn, and he ended his week with 22 points on 9-of-13 from the field against Louisiana. He also had two steals in the game.