Feb. 2, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season after dropping home games to UTEP and Memphis. ECU dropped below .500 in league play for the first this year Wednesday night falling to Memphis, 72-65.
Rice earned its first Conference USA win of the year Wednesday with a 79-69 victory over Houston, snapping a five-game C-USA losing streak.
Rice and ECU rank one and two in Conference USA in 3-point field goals made per game. The Owls are averaging 7.7 made per game, while the Pirates are netting 7.4 per game. The Owls are averaging nearly nine 3s (8.7) per game in C-USA play.
The Pirates are the highest scoring team in Conference USA (77.2 ppg). Rice is averaging the fewest points per game of any team in the league (60.9).
East Carolina has scored over 70 points 13 times this season and compiled a 10-3 record. Rice has surrendered 70 points in 10 games and posted a 1-9 mark in those games.
The Pirates have made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game five times and Rice has made double-digit 3s in a game three times.
ECU junior Akeem Richmond leads the league with 2.6 3-pointers per game, while Rice junior Austin Ramljak is third with 2.3 per game.
Paris Roberts-Campbell (13/12) and Maurice Kemp (14/10) are the only returning players that scored double figures in both games against Rice last season.
East Carolina has won four in a row in the series and owns a 7-5 overall lead.
Seven of the 12 meetings have been decided by eight points or less. The Pirates are 3-0 in games decided by three points or less.
The most points ECU has ever scored in a Conference USA game came against Rice on Valentine's Day 2009 with 91 points in a three-point overtime victory.
Brock Young tied the school record for assists by handing out 14 against the Owls in 2009.
ECU and Rice played home-and-home each season from 2007-10.
The Pirates advanced to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship for just the second time last season by defeating Rice, 68-66, in the first round.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina has scored over 80 points in each of its last four wins and have been held under 70 in each of its last four losses. The Pirates are 10-3 when scoring over 70 points this season, but just 2-5 when scoring 69 or less.
After yielding 50 percent shooting against UCF and Houston, the Pirates have held each of their last four opponents under the mark.
The Pirates have handed out 20+ assists in seven of the last 10 games. ECU currently ranks seventh in the NCAA statistics with 17.3 assists per game (thru games of Jan. 30), tops in Conference USA.
Since conference play began, ECU has shot the ball much better at the free throw line. The Pirates are shooting over 70 percent (.727) at the charity stripe through seven league games. ECU has shot 73.9 percent or better at the charity stripe in five of the last seven games, including a 19-of-24 (.792) performance against Houston and 20-of-21 vs. UTEP (.952).
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored double figures in 13 straight games and ranks second in C-USA in scoring (17.1 ppg).
Senior Miguel Paul has scored double figures in eight straight games, his longest streak of the season and handed out double figure assists twice in the last five games. He also has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.1 in those games (59 assists, 28 turnovers).
Junior transfer Ty Armstrong has played 20 minutes in six of the last seven games after seeing 20 minutes of action just once in non-conference play. He is also averaging 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in conference play, which includes four double figure scoring performance.
ECU will travel to Orlando for its second meeting of the year with UCF on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.