Duke (1-0) vs Coastal Carolina (1-0)
Durham, NC - Cameron Indoor Stadium
TV: ESPNU / Tip: 7:00 PM EST
Program Vitals Conference: Big South Nickname: Chanticleers Colors: Green and White Head Coach: Cliff Ellis (3rd season) Career Record at Coastal Carolina: 25-32
Projected Starters: 00 Joseph Harris (6-5, 180, Sr.) – 21.0 ppg, 17.0 rpg, 4.0 spg 10 Logan Johnson (6-6, 190, Sr.) – 6.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg 30 Chad Gray (6-7, 200, Jr.) – 17.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg 11 Dexter Moore (6-2, 175, S0.) – 10.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg 55 Kierre Greenwood (6-2, 155, Fr.) - 2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg Key Reserves: 3 Danny Nieman (6-1, 185, Fr.) – 7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg 5 Sam McLaurin (6-8, 215, Fr.) – 4.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg 32 Mario Edwards (6-3, 205, Sr.) – 5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Story Lines For Coastal Carolina:
How They Got Here:
Both teams enter the opening round of the Preseason NIT. In the season opener, Coastal Carolina posted an impressive 70-59 victory over the College of Charleston. Despite being down one at the half, the Chanticleers poured on the pressure after halftime, out-scoring their opponents 42- 30 to take home the victory.
Meanwhile the Blue Devils opened their season with an 96-62 rout of UNC Greensboro in Cameron. Junior All-American forward Kyle Singler and senior guard Jon Scheyer combined to score 38 points to help a short handed Blue Devil squad come away with the victory.
This will be the first time the Blue Devils and Chanticleers have met on the hardwood. However, Coastal has played 28 games against teams from the ACC, posting a single victory - over Wake Forest - in the 1987-1988 season. The Blue Devils have won 13 straight against teams from the Big South and are 26-9 all-time against teams from that conference.
Coastal Carolina enters Monday night's game relatively healthy. However, the Blue Devils will be without two starters as guard Nolan Smith will serve the second game of his two game ban for playing in an unauthorized summer league. Also, big forward Mason Plumlee will remained sidelined with a wrist injury.
A Ton of Experience on the Sidelines
While the action will be on the court, there's a ton of history and success guiding both teams in the form of head coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Cliff Ellis. Combined the two coaches have won 1,471 games, 18 conference titles, and 44 post-season berths. Krzyzewski leads all active NCAA coaches with 834 victories while Ellis earned his 637th career win against Charleston last week. Ellis has beaten Krzyzewski three times in his carer during his time at Clemson, including wins in three straight years from 1987-1988 though 1989-1990.
Glass Cleaners Against C of C:
After falling behind in the first half, the Chanticleers made an improved effort to hit the boards and limit their opponents to one shot on offense. The "Chants" out-rebounded the Cougars 49-30 including a 22-7 offensive rebound margin which resulted in 17 second-chance points. In addition they held Charleston to 41 percent shooting from the field and just 29 percent from the perimeter. The Chants also forced 15 Cougar turnovers which they converted to 20 points.
Coastal Looking To Break The Streak:
Duke has won an NCAA-best 69 consecutive non-conference home games. Duke's last home loss against a non-conference foe was an 83-82 decision against St. John's on Feb. 26, 2000. The 69 straight non-conference home wins is the second- longest streak in school history. The Blue Devils won 95 consecutive non-conference home tilts from Feb. 2, 1983, through Nov. 29, 1995.
New Faces Debut:
Coastal Carolina has five new faces on the roster this season including four true freshmen and one transfer. Freshman point guards Kierre Greenwood and Danny Nieman will compete for time in the backcourt with Greenwood earning his first start last week. Neither Chris Evans or Tre Lee saw any significant action in the season opener. The same is true of University of Albany transfer Anthony Raffa who is sitting out under NCAA rules after posting a respectable 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Great Danes last season.
Watch Out For...:
Redshirt senior Joseph Harris is a preseason all-conference performer after earning post-season honors in 2008-2009. Last year he averaged 15.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game while posting a streak of 11 consecutive double-doubles along the way. Last Valentines Day he posted career highs of 33 points and 22 rebounds to help Coastal defeat VMI 100-97. He is the seventh player in conference history to log 600 rebounds, 100 steals, and 100 assists. Not content to ride into the season on his early recognitions, Harris punished the Charleston defense for 21 points, 17 rebounds, and four steals while shooting 9-of-17 from the floor. He is just two blocked shots from the all-time school record. In addition Harris needs just 32 points and 167 rebounds to become the Big South's second ever 1,000 point, 1,000 rebound performer. He needs 181 rebounds to become the conference's all-time leader.
Joining Harris upfront is redshirt junior Chad Gray who made his Coastal debut against Charleston in style - posting 17 points and eight rebounds on 8-of-17 shooting from the field. Prior to enrolling at Coastal, Gray played two seasons for the University of South Carolina - making 33 appearances and averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds during his time in the SEC.
The backcourt scoring comes from sophomore combo guard Dexter Moore who recorded 10 points in the season opener. It's the eighth time he has scored 10 or more points in his career. After appearing in 29 games and making 13 starts as a freshman, Moore has solidified himself as the team's most dangerous backcourt option heading into the 2009-2010 season. During his first year on campus Moore averaged 7.2 points while knocking down 45 of 133 attempts from the perimeter (34 percent). Surprisingly, however, Moore's greatest struggles came at the free throw line where he shot just 57 percent (13 of 23).
Once again the Blue Devils will have a significant height advantage over their opponent. In fact, depending on the lineup head coach Mike Krzyzewski chooses, Duke's scoring guard may be taller than the entire Coastal Carolina team. However, the Chanticleers will counter with speed and athleticism in the front court. Harris is used to looking up at his opponents, but that doesn't seem to bother him given his career averages. In fact Harris will likely create all manner of foul problems in the middle for Duke if the Blue Devil defenders attempt to reach and/or draw charges all night. Still, when was the last time a team that was decidedly an underdog, with a freshman point guard, came into Cameron and won? At the end of the day Duke has too much fire power and the Chanticleers will likely struggle trying to come up with match ups for players such as Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer. Look for the Chanticleers to make it a game early on - and maybe into the second half, but eventually Duke should pull away and win comfortably.
Coastal Carolina 65