April 1, 2013
Things To Know About The Game
The Pirates are playing in a NCAA Division I postseason championship game for the first time.
ECU is playing its school-record 35th game of the season. Coach Jeff Lebo is also coaching in his 100th game at ECU. No other Pirate coach reached 100 games prior to their fourth season.
East Carolina and Weber State are meeting for the first time. It'll just be the Pirates' third-ever game against a Big Sky Conference team. ECU is 1-1 against Northern Arizona.
A win would be the Pirates' 23rd of the year, tying the school record for wins in a season set by the 1953-54 squad.
The Pirates are 5-7 on the road this season. ECU won four its final six true road games.
East Carolina has basically played a six-man rotation during the postseason with four players averaging over 32 minutes and two other averaging more than 20. No other player is averaging more than five.
Senior Miguel Paul is one assist shy of taking sole possession of second-place on the school's all-time list. He enters the game with 413 helpers during his two-year ECU career.
ECU senior Maurice Kemp has clinched the Conference USA scoring title. He's first ECU player to lead his conference in scoring since 1988-89 when Blue Edwards was the CAA's top scorer.
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 an 9-3 postseason head coaching record.
Scouting The Wildcats
Scouting the Wildcats: Weber State is one of nine teams in NCAA Division I with 30 victories this season.
The Wildcats lead the nation in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percent defense.
Weber State is 17-1 at home this season with their only loss coming to BYU.
The Wildcats finished in second-place in the Big Sky Conference with a record of 18-2.
WSU lost to Montana in the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament, 67-64.
Weber State has three players averaging double figures: Davion Berry (15.2), Scott Bamforth (13.8) and Kyle Tresnak (11.9).
The Wildcats ranks 22nd in the nation in scoring (75.7 ppg).
Notes, Streaks And Trends
The Pirates trailed at halftime in four their last nine games, but rallied to win three of those games.
East Carolina has won eight straight games when holding its opponent to 69 points or less. The Pirates are 15-2 this year when limiting its foe to less than 70 points.
The Pirates have won 14 of 17 games when leading at halftime this season.
East Carolina has been limited to less than seven 3-pointers by each of its last three opponents after it had made eight or more 3-pointers in eight straight games.
East Carolina has recorded more assists than turnovers in nine straight games and 11 of its last 12, winning seven of those nine games. In the one game which it had more turnovers, ECU defeated SMU.
The Pirates won 80.9 percent of their home games this season (17-4), 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 eight straight games and 12 of the last 14 games. He is averaging 21.4 points the last 12 games.
Senior Miguel Paul has distributed eight or more assists in eight straight games, averaging 9.25 per game. He ranks seventh in the nation with 7.2 assists per game.
Junior Robert Sampson has grabbed double digit rebounds in four of the last six games, averaging 10.5 rebounds per game.
Junior Ty Armstrong is averaging 15.0 points the last three games. He posted his second 20-point game of the year Saturday against Evansville.
Junior Akeem Richmond is just 4-for-23 behind the arc the last three games after shooting over 40 percent from 3 in eight of the previous nine games.