CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina basketball is 3-5 for the third time in four years, but the team isn't worried about the slow start to the year. So far the team has already traveled to Utah and Las Vegas, playing the likes of Southern Utah, BYU, Wake Forest and Alabama in the process. Up next on Saturday is former Big South Conference rival Asheville.
This will be the second team in a week that Coastal faces that made it to the NCAA tournament a year ago. The Chants lost to Chattanooga on Monday.
The Sun Belt Conference is a notably tougher basketball conference than the Big South, so CCU ramped up its non-conference competition to help prepare for that. Even though they're only three wins into the year, the Chants believe this is what's necessary.
"The games that (Coastal's staff) schedule for us, our first couple seven or eight games, they're good tests to see how we are as a team," senior guard Elijah Wilson explained. "And when we get into conference play, we won't play anyone better than (who we're playing now), so it'll give us a good start and experience on how the games are supposed to be played."
Coastal and Asheville are set to tip at 2:00 on Saturday from The HTC Center.