For the next week until tipoff, we’ll be taking a look at all the mid-major teams to make the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. Right now, Coastal Carolina.
Coastal Carolina is 11th in the nation in rebounding, and seventh in the nation in on-campus drug arrests (see below), that latter ranking being the highest of any team that has a chance to make the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. No wonder its mascot, Chauncey, is posing here atop a police car: you can’t swing a dead chicken on the Conway, SC campus without hitting one.
OK haters, the Chanticleers are officially part of March Madness for the first time in 21 years … only Mercer (so far) has a longer drought among 2014 entrants (29 years). CC won the Big South Tournament with a 76-61 victory over Winthrop, led by 22 points from junior Warren Gillis and 19 from junior Josh Graham.
They’ll likely get a No. 16 seed (plays taps).
Let’s meet the Chanticleers:
COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS:
Record: 21-12 (11-5).
Conference: Big South.
Location: Conway, South Carolina.
Last NCAA Tourney Appearance: 1993.
"I tweeted about wanting a girl to sit on my face & the next think you know a girl dm'd me & she sat on my face that night"-Coastal Carolina
— Collegefession™ (@collegefession) January 23, 2014
Notable Alumni: Tyler Thigpen, Dustin Johnson, Jerome Simpson.
Sept. 22, 2007 has gone down in mascot lore as the day a costumed rooster attacked a costumed dog, and the fight had to be broken up by police. Duke was in the midst of thrashing Coastal Carolina in football, 45-10, when Duke the Dog decided to get in a little trash talk on Chauncey, adding a swift kick to the ass for emphasis. Chauncey responded in typical rooster fashion, by tackling Duke and administering a brief pummeling, until a cop pulled him off.
Strengths: Defense, rebounding.
Weaknesses: Outside shooting, overall size.
Cool Fact:Main campus is minutes from Myrtle Beach.
Best Police Blotter Item:
Coastal Carolina is the 7th highest for on campus arrests in the country. pic.twitter.com/aWl5Ze2MPH
— clark adrian (@CaptainClarkA) February 2, 2014
READ: Know Your NCAA Tourney Mid-Majors: The Mercer University Bears [SportsGrid]