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 TournamentLast 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 backCoastal 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.
Northern Kentucky is:
- 5-2 ATS last 7 Thursday games.
Trends from Covers.com Coastal Carolina is:
- 0-4 ATS last 4 home games.
- 2-9 ATS last 11 Tuesday games.