Conference: Big South Conference
How They Qualified: Big South Conference Tournament Champions
Region: No. 16 seed in East
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. That’s a name you don’t hear everyday in college basketball. The program has not made the dance since 1993, so that is probably the reason behind that.
The Chanticleers played a couple of big boys early on in the season. They took on Clemson, Ole Miss and Minnesota, but lost all three games. Still, they only lost to the Rebels by two points and by 10 to the Golden Gophers.
They were able to close out the season on a five-game win streak. Who knows if that streak will continue in the dance. If so, Coastal Carolina will probably be making a headline or two.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Elijah Wilson (16.1 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: El Hadji Ndieguene (6.9 rpg)
Leading Passer: Warren Gillis (3.2 apg)
Bad Losses: South Carolina State (twice), Central Connecticut State (twice), Charleston Southern
Good Wins: VMI, Winthrop
Watch out for the top three scorings on Coastal Carolina. Elijah Wilson, Warren Gillis and Josh Cameron are all averaging 14 or more points per game. They make up a lethal scoring backcourt that could give many teams some problems.
The Chanticleers are not expected to do much, but I am sure the program is just happy to be back in the dance. Sometimes making the tournament after a long drought is all a basketball program needs to get back on the map. Who knows if this will be the case for Coastal Carolina, but I am sure it will gladly take its automatic bid regardless.
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are dancing!