Pre-season divisional favorites square off Saturday when Campbell visits Charleston Southern
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell closes play against Big South Conference South Division opponents Saturday in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off at Charleston Southern.
The Camels (10-14, 5-5) have dropped their last 4, including a 58-52 setback Wednesday against North Division leader High Point.
Campbell is 3-7 on the road this year, 2-3 at Big South teams. Charleston Southern (12-8, 7-2) is 7-3 at home, 3-1 vs. the Big South in the CSU Field House.
The Buccaneers won their first 7 Big South games, but dropped their last two outings -- a 74-73 OT loss to Gardner-Webb at home before Wednesday's 73-53 setback at Coastal Carolina.
In Conway, CSU made only 31 percent of its shots and hit just 6-of-32 (.188) threes. Arlon Harper led the Bucs with 21 points, but the rest of the team made only 10-44 from the floor (.227) as CSU fell out of 1st place in the South Division.
Following Saturday's game, the Camels return home to face Liberty Wednesday (7:00 p.m.).
Campbell at Charleston Southern Notes:
- Charleston Southern entered the week ranked 2nd in the country and atop the Big South Conference in 3-point field goals made per game (9.6). Forty-four percent (520 of 1195) of CSU's field goal attempts this year have come beyond the arc. By contrast, Campbell hits an average of 3.96 triples per outing and only attempts 13 per game.
- In conference games, the Camels lead the Big South with 8.5 steals per outing. Trey Freeman is averging 1.8 thefts (4th) against BSC foes, while Darian Hooker has 1.7 (5th) per game.
- Darian Hooker tied his career high with 18 points against UNC Asheville, but was limited to just 3 until the final 6.9 seconds against High Point and ended with 8 points.
- Charleston Southern leads the league in scoring offense in conference (74.7) games, but was held to its lowest total in BSC play at Coastal.
- Campbell (North) and Charleston Southern (South) were the pre-season favorites to win the Big South's two divisions. However, the Camels have played their last 9 games without injured pre-season all-BSC pick Darren White (21.8 ppg).
- Campbell and Charleston Southern have squared off twice in Big South Conference Tournament championship games. The Buccaneers scored a 64-63 win in the 1987 title contest at Savannah, Ga. Campbell defeated CSU 67-53 in the 1992 final at Anderson, S.C., en route to the Camels' first NCAA berth.
- Charleston Southern's Field House holds the distinction of being the smallest capacity (881) home court in the Division I ranks. Campbell's old venue -- Carter Gym -- was the country's most intimate men's basketball setting (947 seats) before CSU reconfigured its building. CU moved into the 3,095-seat Gore Arena before the 2008-09 season.
- The 3rd-longest win streak (7 games) in Charleston Southern history came to an end with a 74-73 OT setback vs. Gardner-Webb. In that game, CSU trailed 64-54 with 90 seconds left, but rallied to tie.
- Charleston Southern teammates Saah Nimley (15.6 ppg) and Arlon Harper (14.9) are the 2nd-highest scoring tandem (30.5 ppg) in the Big South this year behind UNC Asheville's duo (32.2) of Jeremy Atkinson (17.4) and Keith Hornsby (14.8).
- Campbell and Charleston Southern split 2 games last season, the first time the teams had met since Nov. 1997. The Bucs earned a 91-73 victory at Charleston before CU answered with a 62-57 win at Gore Arena. Trey Freeman led all scorers with 22 points (10-10 FT), plus 7 assists at Buies Creek.