VMI basketball hits the road Saturday to face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in Conway, S.C. Game time is set for 11 a.m., as the game will be televised on ESPNU. The contest can also be heard in the Lexington area on 96.7 3WZ, as well as on WREL.com and VMIKeydets.com. Live stats can be accessed through VMIKeydets.com, and fans can see the game on the WatchESPN online platform as well (WatchESPN.com) which can be utilized by those with specific digital cable packages. Check with your cable provider and at WatchESPN.com for more information.
VMI comes off a 76-57 win in its biggest game thus far in 2012-13, a contest with Campbell Wednesday night that gave the Keydets sole possession of first place in the Big South's North Division. CU held the Big South's leading scorer, Stan Okoye, without a field goal for the first 25-plus minutes, but D.J. Covington led VMI with 19 points and the Keydets used a 62.5% shooting percentage in the second half to outscore the Camels 49-24 and pull away for the rout.
Last Meeting with Coastal Carolina (2/29/2012):
Fueled by 14 three-pointers and a 57% field goal percentage, the #7 VMI Keydets upset the #2 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 85-68, in the quarterfinals of the Advance Auto Parts Big South Basketball Championship, contested Feb. 29, 2012 in Asheville, N.C. Coastal (19-11) scored the first basket of the game, but the Keydets (16-15) scored the next nine unanswered points, including seven by Keith Gabriel, and would not trail again. Gabriel finished with a team-leading 20 points, including 14 in the first half when the game was tight, while Jordan Weethee added 15 on 5 of 6 shooting from three-point range.
A VMI win against Coastal Carolina:
Be VMI's sixth straight win, the team's longest run since a 10-game streak that ran from Dec. 3, 2008 to Jan. 17, 2009. It would also be the Keydets' fifth straight win in conference play, the longest run since a six-game streak in the midst of that 10-game spurt.
Put VMI just a win away from equaling its best Big South start ever, a 6-0 run achieved in the 2008-09 season.
Be the first time that VMI had beaten CCU in back to back games since Feb. 9, 2008 - Jan. 10, 2009.