CCU hoops slate has stops at Auburn, Ole Miss, UCLA

ccuhoops-22dunkAfter guiding his fourth collegiate program to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, Coastal Carolina men’s basketball coach Cliff Ellis has announced the full schedule for the highly-anticipated 2014-15 season.

The schedule for the defending Big South champion Chanticleers is highlighted by 14 home games, the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, plus non-conference road games against power conference schools UCLA, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Coastal will play 18 Big South Conference games this season. The Chanticleers will have home-and-home series with eight teams, while playing Winthrop and Radford once each. Last year, Coastal was 21-13 overall and posted an 11-5 conference mark on the way to winning the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Tournament. By virtue of their championship game victory, the Chants advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993.

The Chanticleers tip off the season on Friday, Nov. 14, with a home game against Trinity Baptist. The men of Conway immediately hop a plane to Los Angeles for a Sunday, Nov. 16, game against a historically basketball-rich UCLA program inside the famed Pauley Pavilion. The game against the Bruins is part of the Battle 4 Atlantis event.

Upon returning from the West coast, Coastal will host Columbia International (Nov. 18) and Piedmont International (Nov. 22) before taking part in an exempt tournament for the second straight season. The Chants will spend the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 26-27) playing in the Chattanooga-hosted mainland bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Coastal will open the tournament against the Sun Belt Conference’s Louisiana-Monroe, while Chattanooga will battle Robert Morris on the opening day. The winners of each game will play for the championship on Thanksgiving Day and the losers will play in a consolation game.

Following a Dec. 2 home game against South Carolina State, Coach Ellis will take his team to Alabama for a tilt against Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers. The game, which is slated for Dec. 5, will feature coaches with a combined 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.

A single home game against Warren Wilson on Dec. 11 awaits the Chants before the squad embarks on a calendar-year-closing four-game road swing. Coastal opens the road trip with a game at South Carolina State (Dec. 14) before traveling to 2013 SEC Champion Ole Miss (Dec. 18) for the second time in the past three years. A trip to Conway, Ark., to take on the Central Arkansas Bears (Dec. 21) follows the meeting with the Rebels.

After a nine-day break for the Christmas holiday, the Chanticleers close the 2014 calendar year, but open the 2014-15 Big South season with a New Year’s Eve game at High Point.

Coastal’s January games at The HTC Center include Charleston Southern (Jan. 3), Longwood (Jan. 8), Gardner-Webb (Jan. 17), Presbyterian (Jan. 24) and Winthrop (Jan. 28). The Chants’ February home Big South games are UNC Asheville (Feb. 3), High Point (Feb. 6), Liberty (Feb. 14) and Campbell (Feb. 19). Coastal concludes its regular season of play at Presbyterian on Thursday, Feb. 26.

For the third year the VistiMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championship will be hosted at The HTC Center on the Chanticleers’ campus. The men’s first round games will be held March 4, followed by quarterfinals on March 6, semifinals on March 7 and the championship game on March 8. The winner advances to the NCAA Tournament, which begins March 17.

2014-15 season tickets are available in the Teal, Bronze and Fan Zone sections. Prices start at $100 per ticket. Contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 843-347-8499 for seating options and to select your seat.

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