MBB PREVIEW: CSU welcomes Radford for White Out clash on ESPN3

MBB PREVIEW: CSU welcomes Radford for White Out clash on ESPN3

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern is back in action on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers host Radford in a battle on ESPN3. Tipoff between the Bucs and the Highlanders is set for 5:30 p.m. inside the Buccaneer Field House.

WHITE OUT: Saturday is Charleston Southern's White Out game sponsored by East Bay Deli. The first 500 fans through the door will receive a t-shirt courtesy of East Bay Deli as the Buccaneers look to pack the Buc Dome against the Highlanders.

CSU MBB Game Notes vs. Radford*

CSU (11-13, 5-6 Big South) is looking to bounce back from a tough road loss on Wednesday night against Gardner-Webb. The Buccaneers dropped the 77-74 game to the Runnin' Bulldogs despite a furious second-half comeback as CSU nearly came back from a double-digit halftime deficit.

Christian Keeling was back among the scoring leaders again as the junior guard scored 20 points and converted 5-of-7 from behind the three-point line. Ty Jones (11), Travis McConico (14) and Phlandrous Fleming (14) were also in double-digits for the Bucs in the rematch against Gardner-Webb.

Radford (18-7, 10-1 Big South) is coming off its own tough stretch having been taken to overtime in back-to-back games against Hampton and High Point. The Highlanders were victorious in both games with wins over the Pirates (101-98) and High Point (69-66) as they head into Saturday's contest.

The Highlanders have been paced by the offensive efforts of Carlik Jones (16.3) and Ed Polite Jr. (12.6) this season as Radford boasts one of the most balanced offensive attacks this season. The Highlanders are second in the Big South in field goal percentage (47.0%) and three-point percentage (39.0%).

CSU Quick Hits
- Charleston Southern has won four of its last six games heading into Saturday's ESPN3 game against the Radford Highlanders.

- The Bucs are looking to bounce back from a tough road loss at Gardner-Webb on Wednesday night as CSU fell in its fourth one-possession game of the season.

- Christian Keeling continues to excel in his role off the bench as the junior guard recorded his 10th 20-point scoring effort of the season and 31st of his career against the Runnin' Bulldogs.

- There are only five games left in the Big South regular season with CSU currently tied for seventh in the conference rankings with Hampton.

- The Bucs remainder of the season features home contests against USC Upstate (Feb. 21) and UNC Asheville (Feb. 27).

- Today marks CSU's third scheduled game on ESPN3 after having previously played Clemson and Furman on the network channel in 2018-19.

- Radford took the first matchup between the two teams, 86-78, on January 24th.

- Radford is one of two Big South teams to feature winning records on the road this season with the Highlanders boasting an 8-5 mark away from the Dedmon Center.

- Christian Keeling is just three points away from moving into ninth all-time in the CSU all-time scoring list.

Radford Quick Hits
- Defending Big South champion Radford was selected as the preseason favorite in the Big South Men's Basketball poll announced at the conference's media day. The Highlanders collected 28 of the 33 first-place votes in being named the preseason favorite for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

- Radford returned three starters and eight letter-winners from a team that went 23-13 overall and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Radford topped LIU Brooklyn, 71-61, in the First Four before bowing out to Villanova.

- Senior forward Ed Polite Jr. crossed a milestone this season recording his 1,000th career rebound and continues to be one of the top players in the Big South this season.

- Carlik Jones (16.3), Polite Jr. (12.6) and Travis Fields Jr. (11.7) are all averaging double-digits for the Highlanders this seasons.

- Radford has picked up marquee wins this year over Notre Dame and No. 17 Texas.

- Radford is on a three-game winning streak.

Bucs on ESPN3 in the 2018-19 Season
Playing on ESPN3 has not been kind to the Buccaneers in 2018-19 as CSU enters the Saturday contest currently sporting a 0-2 record on the ESPN platform year. The Bucs' first matchup on ESPN3 came back on December 11 against Furman at Timmons Arena. The second contest came on the road against Clemson the following weekend on December 18.

The Bucs' matchup against Furman was a strong contest between CSU and the then-No. 23 ranked Paladins. CSU closed the contest to within two points late in the second half, but a 14-4 run by Furman helped the home team pull away from CSU in the contest.

The Bucs trailed at the half to the Tigers in the matchup at Littlejohn Coliseum. CSU was paced by 19 first-half points from Christian Keeling on their way to keeping the Tigers close early in the contest. However, the Tigers utilized an 18-0 run to start the second half and secure the win.

CSU will have one more contest on ESPN3 as the Buccaneers are scheduled to take on Winthrop next weekend at the WU Coliseum.