Chants ready to dance with No. 1-seeded Virginia Cavs

ccuhoops-ellisnetThe Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years. The Chanticleers earned a 16 seed in the East Region and will face the No. 1 seed Virginia at 9:25 p.m. on Friday, March 21. The Chants and Cavaliers have met twice on the hardwood but not since Dec. 22, 2003 when Virginia won 89-74 in Charlottesville, Va.

The Chanticleers are making their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1993. Coastal’s first trip to the tournament came in 1991. CCU defeated Augusta College 89-54 in the Big South Tournament Championship game and advanced to a play-in game against Jackson State. Coastal defeated the Tigers 78-59 to earn its first trip to the “Big Dance.” CCU drew the 15 seed in the Southeast Region and took on the second-seeded Indiana Hoosiers. The game took place in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. Indiana led by 16 at halftime but senior Brian Penny scored 25 points for Chanticleers in the second half and cut the lead to just three with 2:55 left in the game. The Hoosiers answered with a three and then hit free throws down the stretch to win the game 79-69. Penny went on to be named the CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Game.

CCU’s second trip came in 1993. Coastal defeated Winthrop University in the Big South Tournament Championship 78-65 to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Coastal earned a 16-seed in the West Region where it faced the number one seed Michigan. The “Fab Five” were sophomores in 1993 and defeated the Chanticleers 84-53 en route to a NCAA Championship game appearance. CCU’s Mohammed Acha was named the CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Game.

Head coach Cliff Ellis is just the 10th coach in NCAA Division I history to lead four different programs in the NCAA Tournament and holds a career 6-7 record in the NCAA Tournament. He has taken two teams to the “Sweet 16” including his 1990 Clemson squad and his 1999 Auburn team.

Tickets for the NCAA Tournament games can be purchased through the Coastal Carolina University Athletics Ticket Office.

Placing an order does not guarantee you seats. The CCU Athletics Ticket Office will begin calling patrons Monday (March 17) morning at 8 am to confirm their ticket order has been processed. Tickets will be assigned with priority going to CAF members, men’s basketball season ticket holders, then general public. The maximum number of tickets one individual can purchase is four and the cost $86 per ticket.

Tickets can be picked up at the will call area at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. beginning one hour prior to the first game of the session. Tickets are only for the two designated games in the session. Transportation to and from the game is the ticket holder’s responsibility.

To place an order for tickets please call the CCU Athletics Ticket Office at 843-347-8499 or toll free at 877-424-2687.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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