Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Big South Notebook

February 25, 2003 Conference Notes No Comments



Big South Conference Notebook

by Michael Protos

Organized Chaos


With the close of the regular season less than a week away for the Big South Conference, familiar patterns are forming. In each of the last four seasons, Winthrop captured the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that rewards the victor of the conference tournament. After this week’s action, Winthrop appears ready to defend that title.

Entering last week, several teams threatened Winthrop’s spot atop the standings. But the Eagles changed that scenario quickly. By the end of Saturday, Winthrop had wrapped up the regular season title.

A rematch with the Big South’s other top team, Liberty, was Winthrop’s first step toward claiming the number one seed in the post-season tournament. Winthrop won the first meeting at Liberty Jan. 16, 74-64. After weathering an early run by the Flames, the Eagles took over the game to nearly double up Liberty at the half, 40-22.

Junior forward Tyrone Walker led the way with 21 points and nine rebounds. The Eagles were killer from the floor – shooting nearly 55 percent while extinguishing the Flames, holding them below 40 percent. The shooting difference rendered Liberty’s rebounding advantage irrelevant. Eight blocks attest to Winthrop’s great defensive effort that led to the 84-72 defeat that all but ended the Flames’ shot at deposing Winthrop.

Mathematically, the Flames could still have slipped ahead of Winthrop. But the Flames lost again Saturday. Birmingham Southern continued its great practice run in the Big South by defeating Liberty in Lynchburg, Va., officially ending the Flames’ conference title hopes.

Now the Flames join the rest of the conference, which can only hope the tournament will be different from the regular season.

Elon Moves Up

With wins over UNC Asheville and Radford last week, Elon moved to 6-6 in conference play and tied Charleston Southern for fourth place. And fourth place is the crucial cutoff line for teams to host a first round game in the conference tournament. The Phoenix finishes the season against Coastal Carolina and High Point while Charleston Southern hosts UNC Asheville and Coastal Carolina. If Coastal Carolina beats both teams, there could be a logjam in the middle for that final coveted home court position.

History Lesson

Despite all the talk of playoff positioning, the post-season manages to defy logic. Look no further than the Big South’s tournament last year to prove the point. High Point earned a No. 7 seed in the tournament but upset UNC Asheville and Radford before being walloped by Winthrop 70-48 in the championship game. High Point gets an even lower seed this year.

Last year, the prize of the automatic bid was a No. 16 seed in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament. The ACC’s Duke Blue Devils tuned up against Winthrop in typical unmerciful Blue Devil fashion – winning 84-37. This year, the Big South ranks 28th out of 31 conferences, according to the conference RPI rankings, so the odds are that the automatic bid will send a Big South team to face a No. 1 seed again.

It’s Cinderella season and teams must get their final business in order before preparing for the ball.

Big South Player of the Week

Coastal Carolina’s senior forward Torrey Butler helped keep the Chanticleers within striking distance of hosting a first-round conference tournament game. He averaged a double-double, 17.5 rebounds and 10 points, in two games last week, including a 68-55 win over UNC-Asheville.

Big South Rookie of the Week

Radford guard Whit Holcomb-Faye averaged 17.5 points a game last week, including leading the Highlanders to a 59-57 victory over Charleston Southern.

Big South Schedule:

If you want to catch Big South regular season action, these dates are your last chance:

Monday: Charleston Southern vs. UNC Asheville
Monday: Radford vs. Birmingham Southern
Wednesday: High Point vs. Liberty
Wednesday: Coastal Carolina vs. Elon
Thursday: Birmingham Southern vs. Savannah State
Friday: Radford vs. Liberty
Saturday: UNC Asheville vs. Winthrop
Saturday: Charleston Southern vs. Coastal Carolina
Saturday: High Point vs. Elon

     

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a bizarre finish to an early-season tournament game, the Pac-12’s early struggles, Florida teams going in different directions and two northeast teams trending less relevant even as they excite fans at a famous arena.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 by

In our pre-Thanksgiving podcast, we look at a key injury that is likely to be devastating for his team and an under-the-radar 4-0 week, then move on to some early SEC impressions and a couple of teams that just continue to win.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

November 10, 2017 by

The season is almost here, and we take a look at some of what to expect this coming season. We have preseason polls, conference changes, a look at some conferences and some matchups to start the season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017 by

The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.