BUIES CREEK, N.C. – With Big South Conference tournament seeding at stake, Campbell hosts defending champion and co-leader UNC Asheville Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Camels (13-14, 6-9) are coming off a hard-luck 72-69 setback Wednesday at Charleston Southern. Chris Clemons scored 30 points, including 5 threes, to lead the Camels, who lost after holding a halftime advantage for only the second time this year.
With three games remaining the regular season, Campbell is tied for Radford for sixth place in the Big South standings. The top six teams will receive a bye into the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championship. The seventh and eighth seeds in the standings will host the ninth and 10th seeds in first-round play on Feb. 28.
Asheville (21-7, 13-2), which is tied with Liberty atop the Big South standings, has won eight straight and 13 of its last 14 outings, including an 89-48 decision Wednesday over visiting Presbyterian. Seven Bulldogs scored at least 8 points, topped by MaCio Teague with 18.
Last month at Asheville, the Bulldogs shot 56 percent from the floor and dealt the Camels a 72-56 setback at Kimmel Arena. Ahmad Thomas scored 26 points, one shy of his career high, and Kevin Vannatta added 13, plus 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
- Campbell guard Chris Clemons (23.4 ppg) has scored at least 20 points 20 times in 27 games this year, most in the Big South. The nation's 4th-leading scorer, Clemons has moved into 20th place on CU's all-time scoring list (1187), 10th in the Division I era (since '77-78) and has already broken the school sophomore class scoring mark (631) previously set by Jonathan Rodriguez (631).
- Campbell continues to lead all Big South teams in free throw percentage (.750) and is on pace to break the school record (.722) set in 2006-07. Clemons is 6th among BSC FT% leaders (.821).
UNC Asheville is ranked 22nd in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll, while Winthrop is rated 24th.
- Asheville ranks 3rd in the country in turnover margin (+5.1) and 6th in steals (9.5). Ahmad Thomas is 4th in the nation in steals per game (3.07) and 1st in total steals (86).
- Shane Whitfield ranks 10th among Big South FT% leaders (.754) while leading the league in free throws made (138) and attempted (183).
- Saturday's game marks the 42nd all-time between Campbell and UNC Asheville, dating to the 1967-68 season when both were members of the NAIA. CU won 5 of the 8 meetings between the schools while the Camels were members of the Atlantic Sun Conference (1994-2011).
- Asheville is the only Big South team Campbell has not defeated (0-9) since rejoining the Big South Conference in 2011-12.
- The Bulldogs have committed fewer turnovers than their opponents in 26 of 28 games this year. In a 76-73 loss at Winthrop on Jan. 19, Asheville had 16 turnovers to 15 for the Eagles. The Bulldogs and Radford both finished with 11 turnovers in Asheville's 80-69 win on Jan. 28.
- On Thursday, both Campbell and Asheville lost for the first time this year when leading at halftime. Campbell is now 8-1 overall when holding a lead at the break, while the Bulldogs are 10-1.
- UNC Asheville finished 22-12 overall a year ago, won the Big South Championship at Campbell's Gore Arena, and faced eventual national champion Villanova in the NCAA tournament.
- Bulldog freshman wing MaCio Teague ranks among Big South leaders in scoring (5th, 16.0), rebounding (19th, 4.5), FG% (5th, .478), FT% (2nd, .889), assists (8th, 2.8), steals (11th, 1.1), 3FG made (6th, 2.2) and minutes (3rd, 34.0).
- Following Saturday's game, the Camels travel to High Point Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off