Chanticleers try to turn focus from Tigers to Cougars

Coastal Carolina needs a case of short-term memory loss before it heads south to face College of Charleston on Saturday.

The Chanticleers (4-5), coming off a 69-46 upset victory over Clemson on Wednesday, hope to keep their hot streak alive against the Cougars (6-4). The best way to do that may be to forget about what CCU coach Cliff Ellis calls “the biggest win in Coastal history.”

The Chants have plenty of reasons to get fired up for the noon tip-off with the Cougars. They have not won a game at C of C since 1976 and look to snap a 19-game road losing streak against their Lowcountry rivals, who have already experienced a roller-caster ride of a season.

The Cougars are under the direction of first year head coach Doug Wojcik. C of C picked up a season opening win over Towson before going 1-2 at the Charleston Classic including a win over Boston College. The Cougars also have a win over then-No. 21 Baylor in Waco. Baylor was ranked 21st at the time of the victory.

More recently CofC lost to Division II opponent Anderson University at home but the Cougars were without the services of a few key members of their squad including preseason All-Southern Conference selection Trent Wiedeman. Wiedeman returned to the Cougar line-up this past Tuesday as he helped lead C of C to a 76-65 victory over Old Dominion.

Coastal Carolina and the College of Charleston have met 45 times on the hardwood. The Cougars hold a 34-11 advantage in the series and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the two teams including a 77-70 win last season in Conway.

CCU’s most recent victory came during the 2009-10 season at home. Coastal has won just one time in Charleston and that came during the 1976-77 season when CCU took a 97-87 triple overtime victory over the Cougars.

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