CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers men's basketball team is a number 16 seed in the East Region, heading to Raleigh, North Carolina to compete against top-seeded Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 9:25 on Friday night at PNC Arena. The game is slated to follow Memphis (seeded eighth) against George Washington (ninth) in another second round matchup.
WMBF News Sports reporters Joe Murano and Damon Cutno are heading to Raleigh to cover the second round game on Friday. Stay tuned to WMBF News this week for updates from the tournament.
The Chants hosted a watch party Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the HTC Center as their placement in the tournament was announced.
The Chants outlasted Winthrop in the Big South Championship last Sunday afternoon, and as a result, will be playing in the NCAA Tournament later this month.
CCU led Winthrop for the entire second half, finishing with a final score of 76-61.
Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis won his first conference tournament title and became the tenth head coach in NCAA history to bring four different teams to the NCAA tournament. He also made it to the tournament with South Alabama, Clemson and Auburn.
CCU is 21-12 overall on the year, and won the Big South South Division. The team has won 12 of its last 15 games.
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