Gameday Central: East Carolina vs. UTSA


East Carolina welcomes Conference USA newcomer UTSA to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Saturday for a first-ever meeting with the Roadrunners.

GREENVILLE, NC Feb. 7, 2014

East Carolina Pirates men's basketball

SETTING THE SCENE
•East Carolina welcomes Conference USA newcomer UTSA to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum Saturday for a first-ever meeting with the Roadrunners.
•The Pirates will be looking to record their first win at home since before Christmas and end a five-game losing streak in their house.

GAME PROMOTIONS
•”Rock Your Colors – Paint it Purple!” Fans are encouraged to wear PURPLE to the game.
• ECU Faculty & Staff Day: Members of the ECU Faculty and Staff are able to purchase discounted tickets to the game for only $5.
•First 500 fans will receive a FREE purple foam finger!
• At halftime previous men’s basketball letterwinners will be recognized as will the 2014 ECU Pirate Baseball team.

PIRATE TALES
•ECU has had one player score 20 points in each of the last two games and has had at least one 20-point scorers in 15 games this season.
•After going 4-of-20 behind the arc against Tulane, the Pirates are 36-of-98 (.367)from 3 the past four games. ECU has made nine 3s each of the past two games. It ranks 19th nationally with 9.5 3s per game.
•Akeem Richmond is a trio of 3-pointers shy of moving into 25th-place on the NCAA’s all-time career 3-point field goal list.
•The Pirates are four 3-pointers shy of 200 on the season for the fourth consecutive year and ninth time in school history.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday’s game marks the first meeting between the Pirates and Roadrunners on the hardwood. The head coaches have never faced each other nor has either school faced the opposing coach.

LOOKING AHEAD
•ECU will return to the airways for a pair of games next week at Tulsa (Feb. 13) and North Texas (Feb. 15). Both games are scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.
•The Pirates split their season series with Tulsa last season, winning its regular season meeting on the TU campus before falling in the quarterfinals of C-USA Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa.
•The game against North Texas will be the third between the Pirates and Mean Green. The two split their previous meetings at neutral sites in the early 80s.