Coastal Carolina (13-12) at Western Carolina (11-17)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Ramsey Center (7,826) -- Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Television: none. Home Record: Coastal Carolina 11-3, Western Carolina 5-5.
Away Record: Coastal Carolina 2-9, Western Carolina 5-11. Neutral Record:
Coastal Carolina 0-0, Western Carolina 1-1. Conference Record: Coastal
Carolina 8-6, Western Carolina 8-8. Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads,
GAME NOTES: A BracketBuster meeting is on tap at the Ramsey Center on
Saturday, as the Western Carolina Catamounts host the Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina is fresh off a 65-64 win over UNC-Asheville. It was the
fourth win in the last six games for the Chanticleers, who are now 13-12
overall, and 8-6 in Big South Conference play. After this matchup they will
head back home to host Winthrop.
The Catamounts most recently suffered a 67-65 loss to the College of
Charleston. It was the second consecutive loss for Western Carolina coming on
the tail end of a three-game win streak. Now at 11-17 overall, WCU is an even
8-8 in Southern Conference play. This is the second of a four-game homestand
to end the regular season for WCU.
The Chanticleers lead the all-time series 4-2 and have won the last three
meetings. The last time these squads hit the hardwood together was in 2002,
when Coastal Carolina won 77-72 in Cullowhee.
With four seconds left, trailing by one point to UNC-Asheville, Kierre
Greenwood hit a jumper to give the Chanticleers the lead 65-64. Although it
Greenwood's heroics that won the game, Anthony Raffa led the squad with 22
points and three steals, while knocking down four 3-pointers. Badou Diagne
added 12 points and was the only other Coastal player to score in double
Raffa has been the key guy for Coastal Carolina this season as he averages
18.8 ppg and shoots 47.0 percent from the field. He is also the only player to
start all 25 games this season. Greenwood adds 12.5 ppg and Warren Gillis
contributes 10.3. The team plays its best on the defensive end where it holds
opposing teams to 40.8 percent shooting from the floor and just 62.1 ppg.
In the loss to Charleston, Trey Sumler played 39 of the 40 minutes and
supplied a 24-point performance for the Catamounts. Preston Ross was the only
other WCU player to score in double figures, tallying 12 points off the bench.
Tawaski King added nine points, seven rebounds, and four blocks. The squad
shot just 36.6 percent from the field on 71 attempts and hit just 5-of-19 from
beyond the arc.
Sumler is WCU's top scorer this season with 18.4 ppg, while shooting over 83.0
percent from the free-throw line. King adds 11.4 ppg and 6.1 rpg and Tom
Tankelewicz contributes 10.2 ppg. While the Catamounts score just over 69.0
ppg, they also allow just under 70.0 ppg and are a .500 team at home.
Since the Catamounts haven't been very dominant at home and the Chanticleers
are just 2-9 in away competition, this game could go either way. Coastal
Carolina plays much better defense and if it is able to put points on the
board it could be tough for the Catamounts to keep up.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Coastal Carolina 68, Western Carolina 63