Dec. 31, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE
East Carolina closes out non-conference play Thursday night as it travels to Buies Creek to face Campbell at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center at 7 p.m.
The Pirates are looking to end a two-game slide, while Campbell is going after its third straight win.
The Pirates are 1-2 in true road games this season with a 4-2 overall record outside Greenville. Campbell owns a 4-2 record at home.
Both teams ranks among the NCAA leaders in 3-point field goals per game. Campbell is averaging 8.7 3-pointers per game (20th), while the Pirates are making 8.5 per game (27th).
The Pirates have made almost twice as many free throws this season as Campbell. ECU had made 301 free throws compared to 140 by the Camels. The Pirates have shot 416 foul shots, while CU has taken 213 free throw attempts. ECU ranks third in the nation in free throws made and sixth in free throw attempts.
ECU and Campbell share four common opponents this season: NC State, VMI, UNC Asheville and UNC Wilmington. Both teams have lost to NC State and UNCW this season, while ECU has posted wins over Asheville and VMI, who Campbell will face during Big South Conference play.
East Carolina has not lost three games in a row since Feb. 2012.
The Pirates have allowed 91.3 ppg the last three games, while averaging 88.0 ppg. ECU, 37.0 percent 3-point shooting team on the season, is shooting just 33.3 percent (26-78) behind the arc in those games.
Senior Akeem Richmond has scored 20-plus points in each of the last two games and in three of the past four contests.
Last Time We Met
Campbell used an 11-0 run in overtime to defeat East Carolina, 86-81, in Greenville last season. The Pirates trailed by 15, 64-49, with four minutes to play in regulation but ended the second half on a 22-7 run to force the extra period.
Akeem Richmond and Maurice Kemp led the Pirates with 18 points apiece. Richmond was 6-of-13 behind the arc.
East Carolina leads the all-time series 37-20, but Campbell has won the last two meetings in the series and three of the past four games. The Pirates had won eight straight in the series before the Camels ended the streak with a win in Buies Creek in 2009.
ECU is 0-2 at the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center, which opened in 2009.
The Pirates will return home on Jan. 11 to begin its final Conference USA season against Old Dominion. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum and will be televised locally on WITN.