UNC Asheville (15-12, 9-4 Big South) at Coastal Carolina (12-12, 7-6)
Time | 7 p.m.
Location | The HTC Center, Conway
Radio | WSEA-FM 100.3
TV | None
What to watch | Coastal Carolina’s loss Saturday night is going to make it very difficult for the Chanticleers to move up high enough in the Big South standings to secure a first-round bye in the conference tournament. So at this point, the Chants are more or less trying to build the momentum they’ll need for March, and they’ll start with what has been one of the better matchups in the league over the last few years.
When these teams met last month, it came down to a final shot with UNC Asheville holding on for a 63-60 win as Kierre Greenwood missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Before its loss Saturday night to Gardner-Webb, Coastal had won eight straight home games by an average margin of 20.6 points.
About the Bulldogs | UNC Asheville is coming off consecutive home losses to Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern and has dropped to second in the South Division standings as a result. The Bulldogs remain one of the top offensive teams in the Big South, leading the league in field goal percentage (45.4 percent) and ranking fourth in scoring at 72.4 points per game.
Senior forward Jeremy Atkinson is third in the conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game and seventh in rebounding (7.3 per game). Sophomore guard Keith Hornsby leads all Big South players in free throw shooting (93.8 percent). And junior guard Trent Meyer is coming off a huge performance from Saturday when he scored 27 points (7-of-12 from 3-point range) in the Bulldogs’ loss to Charleston Southern.
“They’re a strong, physical team. We’ve got to meet their physicality,” CCU coach Cliff Ellis said. “But they’re also strong and lengthy on the perimeter. Meyer is coming off a heck of a game, and Hornsby’s been doing a lot for them. ... This is just a well balanced team.”
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