Dec. 13, 2012
|East Carolina vs. North Carolina
Dec. 15, 2012 | 12 p.m. EST
Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Things To Know About The Game
After completing their final exams, the Pirates will take to the hardwood for the first time in 11 days on Saturday for their first-ever game at the Smith Center.
East Carolina Head Coach Jeff Lebo was a four-year letterman at North Carolina (1986-89). This will be Lebo's second time facing his alma mater. He brought his Tennessee Tech team to Chapel Hill in 1999 (UNC 85-59).
ECU enters the game at 6-1 overall after posting a 111-59 win over St. Andrews on Dec. 4. Five of the Pirates' six victories have come at home.
The Pirates are 1-1 on the road this season with a win a Georgia State and a loss at Charlotte.
ECU has never beaten an AP ranked opponent on the road (0-44). North Carolina is ranked 21st in this week's AP poll.
The Pirates will be looking to snap an 18-game losing streak to ranked opponents. ECU's last win over a ranked foe was Dec. 30, 2002 against No. 13 Marquette.
The Pirates are 1-46 all-time against members of the "Big 4" (Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest). Of those 47 games, only three have been played in Greenville. ECU lost to UNC at home in 1953 and to Wake Forest in 2008, but defeated N.C. State in 2007.
East Carolina ranks among the NCAA Division I top 30 in six categories (as of Dec.9): assist-to-turnover ratio (1.56/7th), scoring margin (+17.1/15th), assists per game (17.1/17th), fewest turnovers per game (11.0/20th), 3-point field goal defense (.261/21st) and scoring offense (79.1/28th).
Inside The Series
Saturday's game marks the first regular season game between the instate foes since 1953, when ECU was still known as East Carolina College and an NAIA member.
The Pirates were coached by Howard Porter and the Tar Heels by Frank McGuire.
It was the Pirates' first-ever game against an ACC (then-Southern Conference) opponent.
The late Dr. Ernest Schwartz, former ECU Faculty Athletics Representative and member of the ECU community for over 30 years, played for the Tar Heels in that game.
The only other meeting took place 40 years later in the First Round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament East Regional in Winston-Salem.
ECU was coached by former Wake Forest guard Eddie Payne, who scored 18 points against UNC in the 1973 ACC Tournament semifinals to upset the No. 2 Tar Heels.
ECU Head Coach Jeff Lebo played for legendary UNC coach Dean Smith during the late 1980s, three in which Roy Williams served as an assistant coach to Smith (1986-88).
Lebo and UNC assistant coach Hubert Davis were teammates for one season (1988-89).
Pirate-IMG Sports Network analyst Si Seymour coached against Roy Williams. Seymour was the head coach at Craven Community College, while Williams was coaching the UNC JV team.
Early Season Notes, Streaks And Trends
Senior Maurice Kemp ranks fourth in Conference USA in scoring with 16.7 points per game. He scored double figures in each of the first four games before being limited to eight points in 21 minutes against St. Andrews. Kemp has led the Pirates in scoring five times this season.
Senior Shamarr Bowden leads Conference USA in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.8) and ranks sixth nationally. He has distributed 23 assists and committed just four turnovers this season.
After beginning the season 3-of-17 behind the arc, Bowden is 7-of-12 from 3 the last three games.
Sophomore Paris Roberts-Campbell is the only player to score double figures in each of the last two games. He has made a 3-pointer in four consecutive games.
The Pirates have two players ranked among the top 10 in Conference USA in rebounding: Robert Sampson (8.9/6th) and Maurice Kemp (8.1/9th).
Kemp and Sampson have each recorded three double-doubles this season.
ECU leads the league in turnover margin (+3.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6). The Pirates rank seventh nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio.
ECU has won the battle of the boards five times in the first seven games, grabbing over 40 rebounds in each of those games. The Pirates grabbed less than 35 rebounds each time they lost the rebounding battle.
The Pirates are 27-12 in non-conference games under Jeff Lebo, including an 18-4 mark at home.
East Carolina has started the 2012-13 season with five straight home wins, marking the second time during his Coach Lebo's tenure that has happened.
Leftover From The St. Andrews Game
The Pirates' 111 points were their most since scoring 111 against The Citadel on Dec. 4, 1975. It was the 10th time in school history that they have scored 110 or more points.
The 52-point margin of victory was the ninth largest margin of victory in school history and the 10th time in which the Pirates have won by 50 or more points.
The Pirates scored a school record 64 first half points, breaking the mark for points in any half. The previous record of 63 occurred three times.
ECU handed out 30 assists for the first time since distributing 32 against Christopher Newport on Dec. 8, 1984.
Ty Armstrong (8) and Shamarr Bowden (15) each recorded a season-high in points.
Fourteen of the 15 players that competed scored.
Junior Petar Torlak distributed a career-high six assists, while Akeem Richmond recorded a career-best five assists.
Sophomore Francis Edosomwan made his first career basket. He finished with four points on 2-of-2 shooting.
The Pirates out-rebounded their opponent by double figures for the third time this season.
Coach Jeff Lebo recorded his 250th career victory.
Hitting The Century Mark
The Pirates' 111 points versus St. Andrews marked the second time they had reached the plateau in the Jeff Lebo era.
It was the 15th time a Jeff Lebo coached team scored 100 points in a games (Tennessee Tech 9, Chattanooga 4, ECU 2).
The Pirates made a 18 3-point field goals against St. Andrews on Dec. 4, setting both an ECU record for 3s in a game as well as an arena record inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The 18 3-pointers are the most made by any NCAA Division I team this season (as of Dec. 9).
It tied for the fourth-most 3s made in a game in Conference USA history.
Senior Shamarr Bowden was 5-of-5 outside the arc, setting the school record for most 3-pointers made without a miss.
ECU made more than half as many (18) in the game against St. Andrews as it had in the previous six games to start the season (34).
ECU will return home Tuesday to face Gardner-Webb in its final home game before Christmas. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.