March 25, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
8East Carolina and Loyola are meeting for the first time in their history. The Pirates are facing their second straight opponent from the MAAC. ECU's previous opponent Rider, tied with Loyola for second-place in the MAAC.
East Carolina has won a school record 15 games at home this season, posting an 10-1 record against non-conference opponents. The Pirates have won five of their last six home games with their only loss coming to Southern Miss in overtime.
Loyola owns a 7-7 road ledger this season, which included a 4-4 mark in non-conference play.
ECU is 11-7 all-time against current members of the MAAC (Canisius 0-1; Iona 1-1; Manhattan 1-1; Rider 1-0; St. Peter's 5-4; Fairfield 3-1).
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 7-3 postseason head coaching record.
The Pirates are facing their third straight opponent which ranks among the top 20 in the NCAA in 3-point field goal defense. Savannah State ranked first, Rider was eighth and Loyola is 19th.
Senior Miguel Paul is seven assists shy of becoming the third player in school history with 400 career helpers.
Scouting The Greyhounds
Loyola finished tied for second-place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with a 12-6 record alongside Rider.
Just like ECU, Loyola earned its first-ever NCAA Division I postseason victory in the opening round of the CIT.
Dylon Cormier (16.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Erik Ethlery (16.0, 6.5 rpg) were each named first-team all-conference.
Eight players on the roster were a part of Loyola's 2012 MAAC Championship team that faced Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Greyhounds have held their opponents to less than 60 points 14 times this season, including three to under 50.
Loyola only surrendered 80 points in a game three times.
The Greyhounds were 0-1 against Conference USA opponents this season, losing at Memphis, 78-64.
Notes, Streaks And Trends
East Carolina has won four straight at home, winning those four games by a total of 32 points.
The Pirates trailed at halftime in four their last seven games, but rallied to win three of those games.
East Carolina has won six straight games when holding its opponent to 69 points or less. The Pirates are 13-2 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.
East Carolina was limited to just four 3-pointers by Rider after it had made eight or more 3-pointers in eight straight games.
East Carolina has recorded more assists than turnovers in seven straight games and nine of its last 10, winning six of those eight games. In the one game which it had more turnovers, ECU defeated SMU.
The Pirates have won 78.9 percent of their home games this season (15-4), 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 six straight games and 10 of the last 12 games. He is averaging 21.5 points the last 11 games.
Senior Miguel Paul has handed out double digit assists in five of the last 11 games. He is averaging 7.0 assists per game, which ranks him ninth among all NCAA Division I players.
Junior Akeem Richmond has made at least two 3-pointers in 11 straight games. He is 49-of-106 (.462) behind the arc in those games with an average of 4.45 made 3s. He ranks among the top 15 in the nation in 3s per game (9th/3.16) and 3-point percentage (13th/.439).