*Junior forward Tristian Curtis, who has taken over as Coastal Carolina's starter at the five-spot, is warming up before the game here at High Point and is on track to play despite lingering soreness in his hip that kept him out of practice earlier this week. He sustained the injury during the Chanticleers' game at Ole Miss on Dec. 18 but was able to play two days later at Central Arkansas.
*Overall, Chants coach Cliff Ellis says he has settled on a nine-man rotation at this point with guards Josh Cameron and Colton Ray-St Cyr and forwards Michel Enanga and Marcus Freeman claiming the key reserve spots. That leaves junior forward Uros Ljeskovic, who started the first six games of the season, as an odd man out for the time being.
*Senior guard Warren Gillis on the different feel heading into Big South play this year as opposed to last season when the Chants struggled through the non-conference schedule before getting hot down the stretch: "Around this time last year we were still trying to put together some pieces, and this year there's not much difference in the team so we were really able to [gel quicker] and it shows in the record."
*The Chants and High Point both enter this game 9-3. They were picked first and second in the Big South's preseason coaches/media poll, respectively, combining for 26 of 29 first-place votes.
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