banner

College Basketball

more stats

East Carolina (15-10) at SMU (13-13)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 23, 3 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Moody Coliseum (8,000) -- Dallas, Texas. Television: Time Warner Texas. Home Record: ECU 11-4, SMU 6-5. Away Record: ECU 4-6, SMU 5-6. Neutral Record: ECU 0-0, SMU 2-2. Conference Record: ECU 6-6, SMU 3-8. Series Record: SMU leads, 5-3.

GAME NOTES: Playing for crucial conference tournament seeding, the East Carolina Pirates pull into Dallas to take on the SMU Mustangs in a Conference USA matchup at Moody Coliseum.

ECU has alternated wins and losses over the last four games, most recently grabbing a road victory at Tulsa on Wednesday night. The Pirate are tied with Tulsa for fifth place in the conference, only a game out of third. The top five seeds in the C-USA Tournament receive a bye into the quarterfinals.

After falling to Tulane in New Orleans last Saturday, 78-67, the Mustangs have now dropped three of their last four and six of eight overall. After starting the season 5-0 at home for the first time since the 2006-07 season, SMU has gone just 1-5 at Moody Coliseum.

This is the ninth meeting between these two schools with SMU holding a 5-3 series advantage. The Pirates took last year's encounter in Greenville by a score of 62-43. The Mustangs won on Feb. 2, 2011, 46-41, at Moody Coliseum. Prior to last season's loss, SMU had won two consecutive games in the series. The Mustangs hold a 4-3 edge since the schools became members of C-USA.

Maurice Kemp finished with 23 points as the Pirates defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 72-63, in a Wednesday night road game. Akeem Richmond chipped in 17 points off the bench for ECU, while Ty Armstrong contributed 13 points, Paris Campbell tallied 10 points and nine boards, and Miguel Paul dealt 10 assists. ECU led by 14 points on two separate occasions in the first half, but the Golden Hurricane managed to narrow the deficit to go into intermission trailing, 34-29. Tulsa rallied and built a 56-51 lead by the 6:41 mark of the second half. The Pirates then went on a 10-0 run to take control for good. ECU shot only 36.7 percent from the floor in the second stanza, but it overcame the poor showing from the field by converting 13-of-16 attempts at the charity stripe.

The second-best scoring team in C-USA, East Carolina averages 76.9 points and pulls down 37.3 rebounds per game. The Pirates are not as able at the defensive end, allowing opponents an average of 71.0 ppg. They lead the league in three categories: assists per game (17.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and 3-point field goals per game (7.5). Kemp paces C-USA in scoring, averaging 18.2 ppg, and adds 7.7 rpg for good measure. Paul ranks second in the conference with 6.7 apg, and tacks on 12.9 ppg. Robert Sampson scores 9.6 ppg and heads ECU with 9.1 rpg, and Armstrong kicks in with 9.4 ppg off the bench.

Despite every starter scoring in double figures, SMU fell to Tulane, 78-67, last Saturday. The Green Wave made 46.7 percent from 3-point range, helping overcome a 31-22 disadvantage in rebounds. SMU knocked down 56.3 percent from the field, although it was just 2-of-6 from 3-point range. Shawn Williams led the way with 16 points, Nick Russell added 13, Jalen Jones and Ryan Manuel 12, and Cannen Cunningham with 10. The Mustangs pulled within 65-62 on Jones' layup with 3:29 left, but Tulane's Ricky Tarrant responded with consecutive 3- pointers to seal the victory for the Green Wave.

SMU has had the same starting lineup for every game this season, with Jones leading the way for the Mustangs with 15.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg. He is joined in double-figures by fellow starters Russell (14.1 ppg) and Manuel (12.2). All three rank in the top-20 in the conference in scoring. SMU paces C-USA and ranks 17th in the nation in free throw percentage (.754). All of SMU's starters are shooting at least 67 percent from the line: Manuel - .806, Jones - .765, Williams - .741, Russell - .699, Cunningham - .672. As a team, the Ponies are averaging 64.3 ppg and giving up 62.0 ppg, while holding opponents to just 39.1 percent shooting from the field, which is tops in the league.

Although they play strong defense, the Mustangs just don't score enough to win consistently. Expect the offensive-minded Pirates to overwhelm SMU and continue their winning ways.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: East Carolina 70, SMU 63

02/23 10:47:40 ET

Other Stories

  • The Logan Zone

    Tomorrow at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: Duke vs. Stanford

    Tonight at 9:30 on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 21
NCA 14
 
Final
DAVID 72
UNC 90
Final
ECU 34
TULA 6
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
CAR
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
STAN
4th
ORL 77
MIA 82
 
4th
IND 71
PHO 96
 
3rd
NYK 54
PHI 42
 
3rd
CLE 63
TOR 61
 
2nd
HOU 55
DAL 49
 
Half
MIN 52
SAC 48
 
2nd
SAN 30
BRK 18
 
2nd
MIL 28
WAS 21
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
NOP
Final
UGA 55
CHSO 9
Final
UF 52
EKU 3
Final
OSU 42
IND 27
Final
OKLA 44
KU 7
 
Final
UAB 18
MARS 23
Final
NEB 24
MINN 28
 
Final
PURD 14
NW 38
 
Final
ILL 16
PSU 14
Final
MSU 45
RUTG 3
Final
UCF 53
SMU 7
 
Final
SCAR 37
SALABAMA 12
Final
WKENT 45
TXSANANTO 7
 
Final
WAKE 6
VT 3
 
Final
ODU 30
LATU 27
 
Final
ARST 52
WASU 31
 
Final
CMICH 20
WMICH 32
 
Final
COLST 58
NMU 20
Final
LALAF 16
APPST 35
Final
BST 45
EMICH 30
Final
HOU 38
TULSA 28
Final
UTAH 10
ARZ 42
 
Final
FSU 20
BC 17
 
Final
UNT 17
FIU 14
 
Final
CLEM 28
GASTATE 0
 
Final
ND 28
LOU 31
 
Final
MICH 16
MD 23
 
Final
ARK 30
MISS 0
 
Final
PITT 30
SYR 7
 
Final
ISU 31
TTU 34
 
Final
ECU 34
TULA 6
 
Final
IOWA 24
WISC 26
 
Final
MEM 31
SFLA 20
 
Final
CAL 17
STAN 38
 
Final
NMST 17
LAMON 30
 
Final
ALA 48
WCAR 14
 
Final
OREG 44
COL 10
 
3rd
MTST 14
FATL 27
 
3rd
UVA 13
MIAMI 7
 
3rd
AUB 17
SAMF 7
 
2nd
TENN 13
MIZZ 13
 
2nd
BAY 28
OKST 14
 
2nd
MSST 34
VANDY 0
 
2nd
UCONN 0
CIN 14
 
2nd
UCLA 14
USC 7
 
10:15pm Tonight
WYO
BSU
10:30pm Tonight
NEV
FRES
10:30pm Tonight
WASH
ORST
11:00pm Tonight
HAW
UNLV
Final
PRIN 68
INCWORD 79
 
Final
UMASS 68
ND 81
Final
GEOR 80
RMU 66
 
Final
LAS 59
PETE 50
Final
VT 63
APP 65
 
Final
IUPUI 71
BST 69
 
Final
WMICH 91
DRAK 75
 
Final
RICH 80
HIGH 56
 
Final
MSST 71
UTST 63
Final
CAMP 48
COL 54
 
Final
DAVID 72
UNC 90
Final
NIOWA 66
UNF 49
 
Final
CSNO 79
SAMF 72
 
Final
YALE 61
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
NEV 50
CLEM 59
Final
PROV 80
FSU 54
 
Final
MARQ 89
NEOM 97
Final
DET 66
SALA 53
 
Final
TXSA 80
TXST 67
 
Final
CHIST 75
TRINCHRIS 52
 
Final
UMO 63
LIB 52
 
Final
BONA 59
CAN 53
 
Final
SAV 87
CLST 83
 
Final
NW 68
ELON 67
 
Final
RFLSH 57
MDES 53
 
Final
CARK 68
SEMIZ 74
 
Final
AFA 90
WSCO 60
 
Final
YOUNG 82
LONG 72
 
Final
MTST 66
SOUTH 48
 
Final
ARKLR 73
UMKC 68
 
Final
ABCHRIST 81
DUQ 102
 
Final
WEBER 58
LSU 72
 
Final
BUT 80
GHND 39
 
Final
CSFU 70
SJST 66
 
Final
WOFF 72
SD 68
 
Final
NORST 76
TXSOU 66
 
Final
COOK 42
TOWS 63
 
Final
SILL 46
YALE 53
 
Final
KNST 83
ALCOR 80
 
Final
MAN 78
BING 63
 
Final
JVST 88
MILES 71
 
Final
CSOU 79
WRST 86
 
Final
CITA 81
BOBJONES 50
 
Final
INDST 78
BRO 66
 
Final
WYO 56
COL 33
 
Final
GSOUT 97
FCCOL 41
 
Final
CCAR 76
PIED 33
 
Final
LATU 63
AMER 44
 
2nd
MAR 62
ARMY 71
 
2nd
TENT 65
CHAT 65
 
Final
EKENT 115
CLERMONT 50
 
Final
SMU 77
EWASH 68
 
2nd
NIAG 56
HART 61
 
2nd
PENN 77
LAF 83
 
Final
UCSB 91
MASTERS 45
 
2nd
BUCK 69
MNTER 72
 
Final
VMI 93
UNCW 110
 
2nd
RIU 53
NEB 51
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 98
OHMWSTRN 48
 
1st OT
GTDNS 62
QUIN 62
 
Final
EMICH 70
UNCG 62
 
2nd
ETST 97
UNCA 87
 
2nd
TEMPL 48
UNLV 53
 
2nd
STJOE 68
VERM 60
 
2nd
MON 58
CCST 43
 
2nd
KSU 70
ILLCH 48
 
2nd
FAIR 56
SHSU 70
 
2nd
LIP 59
TRANSYLVAN 42
 
2nd
FUR 50
UCD 56
 
2nd
WKENT 40
BEL 30
 
Half
NDST 35
HAMP 42
 
2nd
IND 45
LAM 36
 
Half
TTU 42
MIZST 38
 
Half
HOU 41
MRGST 28
 
2nd
NAVY 23
NE 37
 
1st
ALAAM 20
OAKW 14
 
Half
WILL 21
SELA 25
 
Half
TULA 44
SONO 21
 
Half
TXPA 41
A 32
 
2nd
RICE 30
WMARY 38
 
1st
TXARL 33
HOUB 10
 
1st
MINN 21
UMBC 18
 
1st
UTEP 0
NMST 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
GONZ
STTHOM
1st
SUTAH 0
WLVRN 0
 
9:30pm Tonight
PBY
MORE
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
STAN
10:00pm Tonight
WISC
BSU
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
SIUE
Final
OTT 2
STL 3
3rd
WAS 0
BUF 1
 
3rd
PHI 4
CLB 2
 
2nd Intermission
TOR 1
DET 1
 
3rd
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
2nd Intermission
BOS 0
MON 2
 
3rd
NYI 2
PIT 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
FLA 0
 
1st Intermission
DAL 3
LOS 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
CAR
10:00pm Tonight
EDM
CHI
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
NJD
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
ARI
Final
NCCU 21
NCA 14