Newton, ECU host Coppin State

Coppin State (1-8) vs. East Carolina (4-2)

Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, North Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Jesse Zarzuela and Coppin State will battle Tristen Newton and East Carolina. The junior Zarzuela has scored 22 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 14 over his last five games. Newton, a sophomore, is averaging 21.6 points over the last five games.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The electric Newton has averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists to lead the way for the Pirates. Brandon Suggs has complemented Newton and is maintaining an average of 10.2 points and two steals per game. The Eagles have been led by Zarzuela, who is averaging 13.3 points.

SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Newton has made or assisted on 45 percent of all East Carolina field goals over the last three games. Newton has accounted for 21 field goals and 12 assists in those games.

STREAK STATS: Coppin State has dropped its last eight road games, scoring 59.6 points and allowing 79.3 points during those contests. East Carolina has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 82.7 points while giving up 70.7.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Pirates have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Eagles. East Carolina has an assist on 40 of 74 field goals (54.1 percent) across its past three outings while Coppin State has assists on 33 of 67 field goals (49.3 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: East Carolina has attempted the second-most free throws among all AAC teams. The Pirates have averaged 21.8 free throws per game this season.


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