Coastal Carolina (9-9, 4-3 Big South) at Winthrop (8-11, 2-5)
Time | 7 p.m.
Location | Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, S.C.
Radio | WSEA-FM 100.3
TV | None
What to watch | The Coastal Carolina men have made one thing very clear this season – they are hard to beat on their home court no matter the opponent. On the road? Well, that’s a different story. The Chanticleers are just 1-7 on the road, although their last two losses came by a combined four points. Coach Cliff Ellis is hoping his team can find some consistency and breakthrough away from The HTC Center while playing like the group that rolled to lopsided wins over solid VMI and Campbell teams the last two weeks at home.
This is the first of two meetings this season between the Chants and Eagles. Neither team is a top contender in the Big South’s South Division – Coastal is three games back of leader Charleston Southern and Winthrop is fifth out of six teams – but this has traditionally been a rivalry matchup with the Chants leading the all-time series 38-35. The programs have split the last 10 meetings evenly.
Senior guard Anthony Raffa enters the day second in the conference in scoring at 19.3 points per game for Coastal.
About the Eagles | Winthrop is in its first season under head coach Pat Kelsey. The Eagles scored an early-season upset win over Auburn, but they have struggled since the start of conference play. Overall, they rank last in the Big South in scoring at 60.2 points per game but second in scoring defense (61.6 per game). With two offensively-challenged teams, this game figures to be low-scoring and tight throughout.
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