Coastal Carolina

CCU men and women will host college basketball postseason games on Wednesday, Thursday

Coastal Carolina head basketball coach Cliff Ellis speaks to the crowd at the start of the 2018 CCU Hoopla event Thursday at the HTC Center in Conway.
Coastal Carolina head basketball coach Cliff Ellis speaks to the crowd at the start of the 2018 CCU Hoopla event Thursday at the HTC Center in Conway. jbell@thesunnews.com

Coastal Carolina has been selected to host an opening-round game in the 16-team Roman College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament and will take on Howard at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Coastal women will also host a postseason tournament game.

The CCU men are 15-16 this season and finished sixth in the Sun Belt Conference with a 9-9 record. It was the Chanticleers’ highest finish in the conference since joining the Sun Belt three years ago after leaving the Big South Conference.

CCU received a first-round bye in the Sun Belt tournament and lost 80-50 Thursday against Louisiana-Monroe in the second round.

Howard (17-16) finished 10-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Washington, D.C., school tied North Carolina Central, which won the conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, for third in the conference behind Norfolk State and N.C. A&T.

This will be the ninth postseason appearance for Coastal and the second time the program has played in the CBI. In the 2016-17 season, Coastal reached the championship series and lost to Wyoming two games to one.

Wednesday’s game will be the first meeting on the hardcourt between CCU and Howard, and the winner will face the victor of Wednesday’s Grand Canyon at West Virginia game next Monday.

Tickets for the game went on sale at 9 a.m. Monday and can be purchased at the CCU ticket office in Arcadia Hall and at www.goccusports.com. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 13 and under. For more information call 843-347-8499.

Teams pay to host CBI games. In 2017, CCU paid $40,000 to CBI organizers to host its first round game against Hampton.

The university has contingencies in place to handle most if not all of the cost, CCU director of athetics Matt Hogue said then, including postseason provisions written into the agreements with many of the businesses that sponsor the basketball program and advertise at its home games.

The CCU women will make their first postseason appearance in program history on Thursday when they host Campbell at 6 p.m. at the HTC Center in the opening round of the 2019 Women’s Basketball Invitational.

Coastal is 17-14 and finished eighth in the Sun Belt Conference. Campbell (21-12) advanced to the Big South Conference championship game, losing to Radford 57-45 to fall short of the NCAA Tournament after finishing sixth in the conference.

In addition to CCU, fellow Sun Belt members Georgia State and Appalachian State are also participating in the 16-team tournament.

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday and are $8 for adults and $5 for youth (13 and under).

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