Big South Men's Basketball Tournament Pairings Announced
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - The seedings and pairings for next week's VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Men's Basketball Championship have been determined following the conclusion of the Conference's regular-season schedule this afternoon. A tiebreaker was needed to award the No. 3 and 4 seeds in the North Division, as Campbell and Radford finished at 7-9 in the League standings. The Camels garner the No. 3 North seed as they swept the season series from the Highlanders.
The Championship will begin Tuesday, March 5 with four first round games. No. 4 North seed Radford will play No. 5 South seed Winthrop at 12:00pm, while No. 3 South seed UNC Asheville meets No. 6 North seed Longwood at 2:00pm. In the evening session, No. 3 North seed Campbell will play No. 6 South seed Presbyterian College at 6:00pm, with No. 4 South seed and Championship host Coastal Carolina facing No. 5 North seed Liberty at 8:00pm. Tuesday's winners will advance to Thursday's quarterfinal round.
Charleston Southern (17-11, 12-4 Big South) is the No. 1 South seed after winning the outright South Division championship this afternoon -- the Buccaneers' first Big South regular-season title since 1986-87. CSU will open against the winner of Radford-Winthrop at 12:00pm on March 7. High Point (17-12, 12-4 Big South) is the No. 1 North seed after winning the outright North Division crown on Feb. 19 -- the Panthers' first-ever Big South title in men's basketball. HPU will open against the winner of Coastal Carolina-Liberty at 8:00pm on March 7.
While High Point and Charleston Southern both finished 12-4 in League play, the Buccaneers have been declared the overall No. 1 seed based on winning the regular-season head-to-head meeting with the Panthers, and CSU receives the Big South's automatic bid to the NIT should it not win the Conference Tournament.
VMI claims the No. 2 North seed and begins its postseason against the winner of UNC Asheville-Longwood Thursday at 2:00pm. Gardner-Webb is the No. 2 South seed and plays the winner of Campbell-Presbyterian Thursday night at 6:00pm.
All games will be played at The HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. Individual session tickets will go on sale starting Sunday, March 3 by visiting www.goccusports.com. Beginning Monday, March 4, tickets can be purchased in-person at the Coastal Carolina Athletics Ticket Office in Arcadia Hall beginning at 9:00am, as well as by phone at 843-347-8499.
All four first round and quarterfinal will be video streamed live on The Big South Network presented by State Farm. The 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Men's Basketball Championship will continue with the semifinals on Saturday, March 9 with both games being carried on ESPN3. The Championship game will be contested Sunday, March 10 live on ESPN2 at 12:00pm. The Big South's Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:
First Round - Tuesday, March 5 - all games available on Big South Network
Game 1: No. 4 North Radford vs. No. 5 South Winthrop, 12:00pm
Game 2: No. 3 South UNC Asheville vs. No. 6 North Longwood, 2:00pm
Game 3: No. 3 North Campbell vs. No. 6 South Presbyterian College, 6:00pm
Game 4: No. 4 South Coastal Carolina vs. No. 5 North Liberty, 8:00pm
Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 7 - all games available on Big South Network
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. No. 1 South Charleston Southern, 12:00pm
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 North VMI, 2:00pm
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 2 South Gardner-Webb, 6:00pm
Game 8: Winner Game 4 vs. No. 1 North High Point, 8:00pm
Semifinals - Saturday, March 9
Game 9: Semifinals - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 12:00pm ET; TV: ESPN3
Game 10: Semifinals - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 2:00pm ET; TV: ESPN3
Championship - Sunday, March 10
Game 11: Championship - Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 12:00pm ET; TV: ESPN2