Jan. 8, 2013
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East Carolina is opening its 12th season of Conference USA play Wednesday night at Memphis. It'll be the fourth time that the Pirates have opened C-USA play against the Tigers (2006, `08, `11) and the third time at the FedExForum.
Both teams are coming off wins in their in last game. ECU defeated N.C. Wesleyan Saturday, 91-60, while Memphis picked up an 85-80 win at Tennessee on Friday.
The Pirates are looking to win their league-lifter for the first time since 2009 when they opened with a victory at home over Tulane. ECU is opening league play on the road for the sixth time in seven years.
ECU is 2-9 all-time in C-USA openers, including an 0-5 mark on the road.
East Carolina is 1-4 on the road this season. The Pirates won at Georgia State before losing at Charlotte, North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Wednesday's game will mark the Pirates' last visit to the FedExForum as a Conference USA rival for Memphis as the Tigers are leaving for the BIG EAST in 2013-14.
It'll be the first time that the Pirates have opened conference play against Memphis and the Tigers are not ranked.
East Carolina is 1-8 all-time at FedExForum with its lone victory coming in the first round of the 2012 C-USA Basketball Championship with a 68-66 win over Rice.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina has scored over 80 points in three of its last four games, but has also yielded 80 points twice in those four games. ECU is 4-3 when scoring 80 points this year, but 0-3 when surrendering 80.
ECU has scored 74 or more points in six of the last seven games and topped 70 points in 10 of 13 games overall this season. The Pirates are 7-3 when scoring 70 or more points.
The Pirates have handed out 20+ assists in each of the last four games, averaging 21.75 per game. ECU currently ranks seventh in the NCAA statistics with 18.0 assists per game, tops in Conference USA.
ECU has been credited with an assist on 72 percent (.720) of its made field goals the last four games (85 of 118).
The Pirates have won 10 straight games, dating back to last season, when holding their opponent to less than 70.
East Carolina has a higher free throw shooting percentage on the road (.756) than at home (.649). The Pirates have shot over 75 percent at the foul line in three of its four games, but just once (.808, 21-26 vs. Norfolk State) at home.
Senior Maurice Kemp has led the Pirates in scoring in five straight games. He is currently tied for the Conference USA lead in scoring with 18.1 points per game. He has scored 20+ points in three of the last five games.
Junior Akeem Richmond and senior Shamarr Bowden have each made a 3-pointer in seven consecutive games. Richmond is 23-for-50 (.460) behind the arc in those games, while is 15-of-28 (.535).
Junior transfer Ty Armstrong has scored double figures in consecutive games. After netting double figures for the first time in his career with 12 against Campbell, he added 14 versus N.C. Wesleyan.
Leftovers From The N.C. Wesleyan Game
ECU finished its non-conference schedule with nine victories, equaling its non-conference win total of a year ago.
The Pirates produced their second 90-point game of the year and seventh 80-point game. ECU went over 80 points in a game nine times collectively in the previous two seasons.
Junior Ty Armstrong scored a career-high 14 points and a gathered a season-high eight rebounds.
Senior Maurice Kemp became the first Pirate in nearly three years to lead his team in points (19), rebounds (10), assists (6) and steals (3). Brock Young was the last to do it (vs. Marshall - Jan. 9, 2010). Kemp recorded his sixth double-double of the season and established a career-high for assists.
The Pirates distributed over 20 assists for a fourth-straight game.
East Carolina scored a season-high 33 points off turnovers.
East Carolina will host Conference USA rival UCF inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 12. The game will be televised throughout Eastern North Carolina on WITN beginning at 7 p.m.