The Runnin' Bulldogs (9-8, 1-2 Big South) hope to bounce back after a narrow road defeat on Saturday night at High Point, but will have to do so against a Chanticleers team (7-7, 2-1 Big South) that boasts one of the Big South's best backcourts and a long, athletic front line.
Coach Cliff Ellis has continued to turn to All-Big South guards Anthony Raffa (18.1 ppg) and Kierre Greenwood (14.2 ppg) this season, with wing guard Warren Gillis (10.2 ppg) emerging as a third option for a team that boasts a 20-point win over Clemson earlier this season.
Raffa exploded for a season-high 32 points last January 28 in Coastal's 70-56 win in Paul Porter Arena and Greenwood is coming off a team-high 27 points in Saturday's loss at Radford. Greenwood, who leads the team with 4.6 assists per game as well, is averaging 19.0 points in three Big South games so far.
Center El Hadji Ndieguene (6-10, 245) has bolstered the middle for the Chanticleers in his first season, posting 6.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He is pulling down 11.3 rebounds per game against league foes. Forwards Badou Diagne (6-7, 212, Fr.), Uros Ljeskovic (6-8, 240, Fr.) and Michael Enanga (6-5, 210, Fr.) have provided strong interior play as well for the Chants.
"Coastal has played well, as evidenced by their convincing win over Clemson," said Gardner-Webb head coach Chris Holtmann. "They are talented and well coached. We look forward to coming back and playing in front of our terrific fans."
Gardner-Webb has gotten 19.3 points per game in league play from All-Big South guard Tashan Newsome, and has seen senior forward Kevin Hartley catch fire over the past five games. Hartley has made 15 of his last 22 shots from long range (68.1 percent), and is averaging 11.2 points in the last five outings.
Gardner-Webb will attempt to continue what has been strong play on its home court. The Runnin' Bulldogs are 6-1 in Paul Porter Arena and have gone 15-5 at home over the past two seasons – thanks in part to an active home crowd.
Tickets for Wednesday's game are $10 for adults and $5 for non-GWU students. Call (704) 406-4340 for more information.