Coastal ready for Friday showdown against Virginia at NCAA Tournament

ESPN's Andy Katz talks with Cliff Ellis at CCU workout in Raleigh.

Coastal Carolina was the eighth and final team to take to the practice court at PNC Arena in Raleigh as the East Regional gets started just after noon with Duke and Mercer on Friday. 16th seed Coastal Carolina is the final game of the quadruple header taking on #1 Virginia scheduled for a 9:25 pm tip. The Chanticleers were clearly soaking in the moment of making it to the NCAA Tournament watching second round games in the locker room before their light workout on the PNC Arena floor. The CBS broadcast team of Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller and Rachel Nichols all watched the workout and studied up the pronunciation of the Chanticleers name as well as learning more about the Big South Champions.

There's no question that Coastal is not your typical 16 seed thanks to Cliff Ellis. The legendary coach had one of the longer media sessions answering questions from, the New York Times among many outlets. WPDE Sports spoke with ESPN's Andy Katz and his take on the Virginia/Coastal Carolina matchup.

"As for a 16 over a 1, I'm not going to predict it, but they have the right sort of matchup," Katz said. "Because they are playing a team in Virginia that doesn't necessarily overpower you, that can allow you to at least be in the game -- so they have a shot."

Virginia coach Tony Bennett remembers his last encounter with Ellis - it was as a player at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Bennett faced the Dale Davis led Clemson team in the late 1980's. Virginia enters the game with the #1 ranked defense in all of college basketball when it comes to points allowed.

Coming up on Friday, WPDE Sports will continue its coverage to get you ready for Coastal Carolina and Virginia.;

* Cliff Ellis and Tony Bennett talk about the parity in college basketball and how it's getting closer to a #16 seed beating a #1 for the first time ever.

* A profile of senior center El-Hadji Ndieguene and the tremendous physical pain he has endured to make it to the NCAA Tournament

* I'll give you the three keys for Coastal to have a shot against the Cavaliers