Liberty men get 5 seed for Big South tournament, play Campbell Thursday night
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Liberty will enter the Big South Men's Basketball Championship as the No. 5 seed after winning the tie breaker over three other teams in conference. To begin the tournament in the quarterfinals, Liberty will face the No. 4 seed, Campbell on Thursday, March 1st, at 9 p.m. The quarterfinals and semifinals rounds will take place at UNC Asheville.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be televised on ESPN3 with the championship game televised on ESPN on Sunday, March 4. Tickets are now on sale through Asheville's ticket office and can be purchased here.
A four-way tie for fifth-place featured Liberty, Gardner-Webb, High Point and Charleston Southern all finish at 9-9 in league play. The first multi-team tiebreaker of collective head-to-head records did not create an advantage as each team went 3-3 against the other. Moving to the top of the standings, Charleston Southern fell to the No. 8 seed as it went 0-2 against Asheville compared to 1-1 for the other three. The remaining three-way tie between Liberty, Gardner-Webb and High Point was broken by the combined record against second-place Radford and Winthrop, with the Flames receiving the No. 5 seed with its 2-2 head-to-head mark compared to 1-3 for both GWU and HPU. That reduced two-way tie between Gardner-Webb and High Point was settled by ninth-place Presbyterian due to no advantage head-to-head or against the top eight teams in the standings. Gardner-Webb swept the Blue Hose to collect the No. 6 seed, while High Point went 1-1 to fall to the No. 7 line. The top six teams earned byes into the quarterfinals.
The Flames went 0-2 against the Camels this season. This will be the third time Liberty has played a neutral site and first since 1994 when Liberty defeated Campbell to win the Big South tournament. The Flames lost to the Camels in the Big South semifinals in 1992.
First Round – Tuesday, Feb. 27 – Big South Network/Roku
- Game 1: #10 Longwood at #7 High Point, 7:00pm
- Game 2: #9 Presbyterian at #8 Charleston Southern, 7:00pm
Quarterfinals – Thursday, March 1 – ESPN3
- Game 3: #2 Radford vs. #7/10 winner, 1:00pm
- Game 4: #3 Winthrop vs. #6 Gardner-Webb, 3:00pm
- Game 5: #1 UNC Asheville vs. #8/9 winner, 7:00pm
- Game 6: #4 Campbell vs. #5 Liberty, 9:00pm
Semifinals - Friday, March 2 – ESPN3
- Game 7: Semifinals – Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 6:00pm
- Game 8: Semifinals – Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 8:00pm
Championship - Sunday, March 4 – ESPN
- Game 9: Championship – Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 1:00pm