Jan. 22, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina and UAB are each coming off a road loss on Saturday. The Pirates fell at Marshall by 21, 77-56, while the Blazers suffered a 15-point loss, 74-59, at Southern Miss.
East Carolina will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season. After opening the season with five straight wins, the Pirates alternated losses and wins for 10 consecutive games.
The Pirates are looking to snap a five-game road losing streak. Since beating Georgia State in Atlanta, ECU has lost away games at Charlotte, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Memphis and Marshall.
East Carolina has been held under 70 points in four of its six road games, losing all three of those contests. The Pirates have been held under 60 points in each of their first two C-USA road games this season.
The Pirates will be seeking their 1,000th program victory Saturday night.
East Carolina and UAB rank one and two in Conference USA in assists per game. The Pirates lead the league with 17.5 assists per contest, while UAB is averaging 16.2 per game.
The Pirates and Blazers rank 11th and 12th in the conference in scoring defense. ECU is yielding an average of 70.1 points per game and UAB is surrendering 72.6 points per contest.
After losing 11 of the first 12 games in the series, East Carolina has won two of the last three games.
Two of the Pirates' three victories in the series have come at Bartow Arena, including last year's 73-66 victory.
ECU reached the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship for the first time with a victory over the top-seeded Blazers in 2011.
Wednesday's game will mark the seventh different coaching match-up in the 16-game series history:
002: Bill Herrion (ECU) vs. Murry Bartow (UAB)
2004-05: Bill Herrion (ECU) vs. Mike Anderson (UAB)
2006: Ricky Stokes (ECU) vs. Mike Anderson (UAB)
2007: Ricky Stokes (ECU) vs. Mike Davis (UAB)
2008-10: Mack McCarthy (ECU) v. Mike Davis (UAB)
2011-12: Jeff Lebo (ECU) vs. Mike Davis (UAB)
2013: Jeff Lebo (ECU) vs. Jerod Haase (UAB)
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina is the second-highest scoring team in Conference USA, averaging 77.5 points per game. The Pirates rank 25th in nation in scoring (through Sunday's games).
The Pirates are averaging just 67.3 points on the road this season and just 55 in their first two Conference USA road games (54 at Memphis, 56 at Marshall).
East Carolina missed as many free throws against Marshall (11) as it did in the previous three games combined (38-49).
The Pirates have handed out 20+ assists in six of the last eight games. ECU currently ranks seventh in the NCAA statistics with 17.5 assists per game, tops in Conference USA.
East Carolina has a higher free throw shooting percentage on the road (.706) than at home (.668). The Pirates have shot over 75 percent at the foul line in four of its six road games, but only three in 11 home games.
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored double figures in 11 straight games and ranks second in the league in scoring (17.8 ppg). Kemp trails UCF's Keith Clanton by one-tenth of a point.
Senior Miguel Paul has scored double figures in five-straight games, his longest streak of the season. ECU posted just its second win of the season when he committed four turnovers this past Saturday against UCF. The Pirates are 2-4 this year when he was four or more turnovers, but 6-1 when he has three or less.
Junior transfer Ty Armstrong has played over 20 minutes in four straight games after seeing 20 minutes of action just once in non-conference play. He is also averaging 9.3 rebounds the last three games.
Junior Robert Sampson is nearly averaging a double-double in C-USA play with 9.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
Leftovers From The Marshall Game
East Carolina fell to 6-13 all-time against Marshall and 4-11 in Conference USA play.
The Pirates were held under 60 points for just the second time this season (54 at Memphis).
Junior Robert Sampson recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 17 rebounds. It was the fourth time he grabbed over 15 rebounds in a game this season.
Senior Miguel Paul led the Pirates in scoring for the third time this season.
East Carolina shot a season-low 47.6 percent (10-21) from the free throw line.
The Pirates lost for just the third time this season when out-rebounding its opponent (Charlotte, Massachusetts).
ECU return to Williams Arena at Minges Saturday to begin a two-game homestand, hosting UTEP at 7 p.m. The game will be televised throughout eastern North Carolina on WITN. The Pirates will also be at home Wednesday, Jan. 30, against Memphis.