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#769 Northern Kentucky 144 vs.
#770 Coastal Carolina
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Benjamin Hayes

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Northern Kentucky, out of the Horizon League, meets Coastal Carolina from the Sun Belt. The Chants will host the game from Conway, S.C. at 7pmET from The HTC Center. Last season, the Norse defeated Coastal Carolina, 89-83 at home in their only meeting.

Coastal split their first two games, defeating Hampden-Sydney, 105-55 in their last game on Nov. 8. Northern Kentucky lost at Missouri on the same day, 71-56 after crushing UC-Clermont, 102-66 in their opener.

Norse looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament

Last season, Northern Kentucky went 26-11 (13-5 Horizon) and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. With success comes losing your head coach as John Brannen took the Cincinnati job as Mick Cronin headed to UCLA. Darrin Horn takes over, the former head coach at Western Kentucky and South Carolina. He inherits a team that returns four starters but will need to replace Drew McDonald (18.7ppg, 9.4rpg), the 2019 Horizon League Player of the Year.

After rolling by a non-Division I team in their opener, the Norse had a much tougher test against Missouri on Friday. The Tigers were a bit too much for the Norse as they outrebounded them by 14 and held them to just 37.3% shooting. Northern Kentucky was down by just seven at the half, but they were trampled in the second half. Jalen Tate (13.7ppg, 4.1apg last season) was held to just one of four shots and five turnovers. Tyler Sharpe led the Norse with 18 points and four assists on 6-of-13 shooting. The 6-1 guard averaged 14.4 points and shot 38.3% from three-point range last season. The key will be redshirt junior Silas Adheke (2ppg), who saw action in 20 games last season, but at 6-10, 240, could be an imposing player in the middle. He produced 10 points and three rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes against the Mizzou Tigers.

Chants bounce back

Coastal Carolina beat up on Division III Hampden-Sydney on Friday, after losing by one to Campbell, 75-74 in the opener on Tuesday. The first loss was a disappointing one for the Chants, who were 17-17 (9-9 Sun Belt) last season. Coastal lost that game at the line as the Camels made all 15 of their free throw attempts and the Chanticleers converted just 8 of 16. Keishawn Brewton led Coastal with 24 points and that's a huge key for the Chants. Last season, the 6-2 guard averaged 19.4 points at Chipola College in Florida and was considered one of the top juco three-point shooters.

Brewton had just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting in the win over Hampden-Sydney, but he had a lot of help. Garrick Green scored 24 points and grabbed eight boards, while Tyler Gumbs-Frater added 24 points on 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Cliff Ellis' squad has a variety of guards to go to. One is 6-1 sophomore DeVante' Jones, who averaged 14 points and 3.6 assists last season. The Sun Belt Freshman of the Year scored 32 points against West Virginia in a road win in the CBI Tournament. However, he broke his foot over the summer and is still coming back. He played in 19 minutes in their last game, scoring seven points.

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How can you not like Cliff Ellis? The former Clemson and Auburn coach is now 73 and still coaching. He's now in his 13th season at the helm at Coastal Carolina. But not having a healthy Jones is going to hurt early in the season, especially against a very good Northern Kentucky squad. Their best player last season, Zac Cuthbertson (18.2ppg, 8.1rpg) graduated and he's tough to replace. I think the Norse is helped by facing a tough Missouri team early in the season. Go with the road dog.

Prediction: Northern Kentucky

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Both teams are going to want to push the ball. In last season's meeting, they combined for 172 points. Cliff Ellis always did at Auburn and Horn will push the ball with this talented and experienced Norse squad. Now they only put up 56 against Missouri, but they are an SEC team with more size and athleticism. Coastal put up 109 points last season against West Virginia and 87 in a loss to DePaul in the CBI. Expect a high-scoring game in the high seventies. Coastal was 4-1 Over their last 5 non-conference games last season.

Prediction: Over 144

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It's hard not to like this Northern Kentucky team. They are a tough team to defend, even on the road. Expect them to get off to a good start before leveling off in the second half against the Chants.

Prediction: Northern Kentucky +1/2 first half
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Written By Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!