Feb. 22, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina steps out of conference on Saturday afternoon as it welcomes the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers to the Ramsey Center in men's basketball action as a part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster event. Tip-off between the two directional rivals is scheduled for 2:00 pm.
Monday's game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with a 6:30 pm air time. Fans can listen to the broadcast locally on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee; 540 AM WRGC in Sylva; 920 AM WPTL in Canton; and on ESPN Radio 1310 and 970 AM in Asheville and Canton.
Fans can additionally catch the game online at CatamountSports.com with live GameTracker (free), live video streaming through Catamount All-Access (subscription) and live streaming audio (free) through Stretch Internet.
WCU and Coastal meet for the seventh time in the all-time series with the Chants holding a 4-2 advantage in the head-to-head meetings including three-straight victories. Saturday is the first meeting between the two since the season-opener of the 2002-03 season, a five-point, 77-72, Coastal victory in the Ramsey Center. The series for games played in Cullowhee is tied at two wins and two losses.
Facing the fifth opponent from South Carolina this season, WCU (11-17) enters the game looking to halt a two-game losing skid with both losses coming right down to the wire. The Catamounts saw North Division champion Elon force overtime with free throws inside the final 30 seconds before pulling away for the seven-point, 80-73, win last Saturday. Then on Wednesday, College of Charleston slipped past WCU with a pair of free throws inside the game's final second, downing WCU, 67-65.
Coastal Carolina (13-12) comes to the Ramsey Center following a one-point home victory over UNC Asheville Tuesday night, splitting the two regular season meetings. The Chanticleers have won two of their past three games on the year. However, Coastal is just 2-9 in games played away from Conway, S.C., on the season, winning just one of their last six road games.
Both teams are led by dominant guard play. WCU is paced by redshirt junior Trey Sumler who enters the weekend second in the SoCon in scoring at 18.4 points per game - an average that jumps to 20.3 in games played inside the Ramsey Center. Senior Anthony Raffa leads the way for the Chants at 18.8 points per game which ranks him second in the Big South.
Saturday's game also pits two of the winningest active NCAA head coaches against one another. WCU's Larry Hunter ranks 11th among active Division I head coaches with 627 career victories, just behind Coastal Carolina's Cliff Ellis who is 10th with 646 career wins.
Tip-off from the Ramsey Center is scheduled for 2:00 pm.