March 1, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina and Southern Miss are both coming off a "bye" week. The Pirates last played Saturday, Feb. 23 and defeated SMU, 72-69. The Golden Eagles last played a week ago as well, falling at Memphis, 89-73.
The two teams just played two weeks ago in Greenville with Southern Miss rallying from 10 down in the last 4:37 to force overtime and earn an 86-82 victory. ECU is one of only two teams to score 80 against the Golden Eagles this season. Memphis is the other.
ECU will be looking to snap a nine-game losing streak to Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles have won 14 of the last 15 meetings in the series. ECU's last win in Hattiesburg was March 6, 2004.
Three of the past four meetings in the series have been decided by four points or less.
A victory would give the Pirates a winning C-USA road ledger for the first time and it secure their first .500 overall road mark since going 7-6 in 1996-97.
An ECU victory would be the Pirates' eighth conference win of the season, matching its program-best mark of eight C-USA triumphs in 2011.
East Carolina ranks second in C-USA in scoring offense (76.7 ppg), while Southern Miss ranks second in scoring defense (60.8 ppg).
The Pirates are just 12 assists shy of setting the school record for most assists in a season. The record of 457 was set during the 1994-95 campaign.
Senior Miguel Paul is two points shy of 1,000 for his Division I career. He scored 221 points during his first two years at Missouri and has tallied 777 points during 55 games at ECU.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
After being held under 70 points in back-to-back losses to UTEP and Memphis, the Pirates have scored over 70 in six straight games. The Pirates are 4-2 in their last six games.
ECU has won four of its last five road games in league play after losing its first two at Memphis and Marshall. Its four road wins are the most posted in conference play since winning six Southern Conference road games in 1975.
East Carolina has held each of its previous two opponents to under 70 points. The Pirates are 11-2 this season when surrendering 69 points or less.
The Pirates have won 12 of 14 games when leading at halftime this season. Losses were to UTEP and Southern Miss.
ECU has shot more free throws than its opponent six times in league play, winning all six of those games.
East Carolina has made 10 3-pointers in a game eight times this season and has compiled a 5-3 mark in those games. It has also accumulated a 9-5 record when making seven or more.
After yielding 50 percent shooting against UCF and Houston, the Pirates have held nine of their last 10 opponents under the mark.
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in four of the last six games (33 at Rice, 24 at UCF, 23 vs. UAB, 23 at Tulsa). In the other two games he was held under double figures (9 vs. Southern Miss, 8 at SMU).
Senior Miguel Paul has handed out double digit assists in three of the last five games. He is averaging a league-best 7.8 assists in conference games.
Junior Akeem Richmond has scored double figures in a season-long four straight games, averaging 21.5 points. He is 26-of-47 (.553) behind the arc in those games with an average of 6.5 made 3s.
Junior Robert Sampson has grabbed double digit rebounds in two of the last three games, including 13 against Southern Miss on Feb. 16. He has jerked down double figure rebounds eight times this year, including four games of 15 or more.
Sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell has scored double figures in consecutive games for just the second time this year with 10 at Tulsa and 11 against SMU. ECU is 4-1 this year when he goes for 10 or more.
Winning Season Clinched
With its win over SMU on Feb. 23, the Pirates clinched their second winning season in three years under coach Jeff Lebo. Prior to his arrival, East Carolina has gone 13 consecutive seasons without one.
Lebo is one of only two ECU coaches since joining NCAA Division I (1965-66) to have a winning season in two of his first three years (Joe Dooley - 1995-96, 1996-97).
The Pirates need two victories in their final three Conference USA games to post their first winning record in the league since joining in 2002.
East Carolina is in the midst of its second-best three-year span during its Division I history. The Pirates have won 49 games since the start of the 2010-11 season, the most since winning 52 games from 1994-97.
ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo has won more games in his first three seasons than any other coach in school history. His next victory will make him the first to win 50 games in his first three years and just the seventh to win 50 games during his ECU coaching career.
Lebo is only the third ECU coach to win 40 games in his first three seasons (Joe Dooley, 1995-97, 44; Dave Patton, 1974-77, 40).
ECU returns to the court Wednesday night at home against Tulane at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear purple as the game has been designated a "Purple Haze" game. The first 500 fans will receive a free purple rally towel courtesy of Coke Zero.