March 18, 2013
|East Carolina vs. Savannah State
March 19, 2013 | 7 p.m. EDT
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum | Greenville, N.C.
CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) First Round
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Things To Know About The Game
East Carolina is making its second appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in the past three years. Its the Pirates' fifth postseason appearance as DI member.
ECU also participated in the CIT in 2011, hosting Jacksonville in the first round. The Pirates lost in overtime 71-67.
ECU is 0-4 all-time in Division I postseason play. Lost to Villanova in the 1972 NCAAs and North Carolina during the 1993 NCAAs. The Pirates also feel victim to Arizona in the 1975 Collegiate Commissioners' Cup in addition to its aforementioned loss to Jacksonville.
The Pirates' last postseason victory came in 1954 when they defeated to win NAIA District 26.
East Carolina is 10-4 all-time against members of the MEAC, which includes a 74-63 victory over 2013 regular season champion Norfolk State earlier this year.
Coach Jeff Lebo is making his fourth trip to the postseason as a head coach. He led Tennessee Tech and Auburn to the NIT before directing the Pirates into the 2011 CIT. He owns a 5-3 postseason head coaching record.
Two of the three current Pirates to play in the 2011 CIT, Corvonn Gaines and Erin Straughn, are both sidelined with injuries and will be unable to compete. Robert Sampson is the other. He had two points and six rebounds against Jacksonville as a freshman.
East Carolina won a school record 13 games at home this season, posting an 8-1 record against non-conference opponents.
A victory over Savannah State would tie the school record for most wins in a season as a Division I program. The 1974-75 team also won 19 games.
Scouting The Tigers
Savannah State enters the first round of the CIT with an overall record of 19-14.
The Tigers finished tied for third-place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Tigers lead the nation in 3-point field goal percent defense (.280) and rank fifth in scoring defense (55.2).
Jyles Smith ranks 25th in the nation in blocks (2.52).
The Tigers posted a 7-10 road record this season.
SSU was 1-7 on the road against non-conference foes.
The Tigers are participating in postseason play for the second consecutive season; SSU lost to Tennessee in the NIT a year ago.
The Tigers won 12 of 13 games from Jan. 8 - Feb. 23.
Since that time, SSU lost four of its last six games with both of its wins coming over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
The Pirates have scored over 80 points three times in the last seven games, posting a 2-1 record (losing in overtime to Southern Miss). ECU is 9-4 this season when posting more than 80 points.
East Carolina has won four straight games when holding its opponent to 69 points or less. The Pirates are 11-2 this year when limiting its foe to less than 70 points.
The Pirates have won 13 of 16 games when leading at halftime this season. Losses were to UTEP, Southern Miss and Tulsa.
East Carolina has made 10 3-pointers in a game 10 times this season and has compiled a 7-4 mark in those games. It has also accumulated a 10-7 record when making seven or more.
ECU is shooting 47.2 percent (35-of-74) behind the arc the last three games, averaging nearly 12 3-pointers per contest.
East Carolina has recorded more assists than turnovers in four straight games and seven of its last eight, winning four of those seven games. In the one game which it had more turnovers, ECU defeated SMU.
The Pirates won 76.4 percent of their home games this season (13-4), its highest winning percentage at home since going 10-2 (.833) during the 1996-97 campaign.
Senior Maurice Kemp has scored over 20 points in four straight games and eight of the last 10 games. He is averaging 21.7 points the last 10 games.
Senior Miguel Paul has handed out double digit assists in five of the last nine games. He need just seven assists to become the second player in school history with more than 200 helpers in a season. He is averaging 6.9 assists per game, which ranks him 10th among all NCAA Division I players.
Junior Akeem Richmond has scored double figures in a season-long eight straight games, averaging 20.0 points. He is 43-of-90 (.477) behind the arc in those games with an average of 5.4 made 3s. He ranks among the top 10 in the nation in 3s per game (9th/3.17) and 3-point percentage (8th/.444).
Sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell has scored doube figures in four of the last six games after scoring double digits just three times in the first 24 contests.
Pirates With Postseason Experience
Senior Miguel Paul and junior Akeem Richmond each have previous postseason playing experience.
Paul played in five NCAA Tournament games at Missouri, averaging 7.4 minutes per game.
Richmond scored 16 points against Miami (Ohio) during the first round of 2011 CBI and had 13 in the 2010 NIT quarterfinal game against Virginia Tech.