Big South Tournament: Quarterfinal Previews
#8 High Point Panthers (9-20, 4-14 Big South) at #1 Radford (18-11, 15-3 Big South), 7:00pm ? Live Video: Big South EDGE on www.BigSouthSports.com
Radford and High Point meet in the Big South Tournament for the third time in the last four years and fourth time overall. High Point has won all three postseason meetings (2002, 2006, 2007) ... The Highlanders are the No. 1 seed for the first time since 2001 and fourth time overall ... Radford has lost six-straight Tournament games and is looking for its first Semifinal berth since 2003, when it was a No. 6 seed ... The Highlanders won the season series over the Panthers. KENNY THOMAS averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds against HPU ... High Point is the No. 8 seed for the just the second time since joining the Big South Conference, the first coming in 2003 ... NICK BARBOUR averaged 18.5 points in High Point's two losses to the Highlanders ... High Point has reached the Semifinals in each of the last five seasons -- all under head coach BART LUNDY ... CRUZ DANIELS is averaging 13.8 points, 14.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in his last four games.
2002 Semifinals -- (7) High Point 72, (3) Radford 70 -- OT
2006 Quarterfinals -- (5) High Point 87, (4) Radford 84
2007 Quarterfinals -- (2) High Point 90, (7) Radford 73
#5 Winthrop Eagles (11-18, 9-9 Big South) at #4 UNC Asheville (14-15, 10-8 Big South), 7:00pm ? Live Video: Big South EDGE on www.BigSouthSports.com
This is the third consecutive year the teams are meeting in the Big South Tournament, and it is a rematch of last year's Championship game .... Winthrop is 5-3 overall against UNC Asheville in the Tournament ... Winthrop carries a Big South-record 12-game Tournament game win streak into the Quarterfinals ... UNC Asheville is the No. 4 seed for the first time since 2000, when it reached the Championship game. The Bulldogs won the title as the No. 4 seed in 1989 ... Asheville has reached the Semifinals in eight of head coach EDDIE BIEDENBACH's 12 seasons ... Winthrop head coach RANDY PEELE is 6-1 in the Big South Tournament with two titles (UNC Greensboro, Winthrop) ... The Eagles swept the season series in 2008-09 and have won three-straight over the Bulldogs.
1988 Quarterfinals -- (4) Winthrop 63, (5) UNC Asheville 58
1993 First Round -- (8) Winthrop 101, (9) UNC Asheville 87
1996 Quarterfinals -- (3) UNC Asheville 69, (6) Winthrop 61
2000 Championship -- (2) Winthrop 75, (4) UNC Asheville 62
2003 Semifinals -- (5) UNC Asheville 81, (1) Winthrop 80 -- OT
2004 Quarterfinals -- (6) UNC Asheville 49, (3) Winthrop 46
2007 Semifinals -- (1) Winthrop 79, (5) UNC Asheville 60
2008 Championship -- (2) Winthrop 66, (1) UNC Asheville 48
#7 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (11-19, 5-13 Big South) at #2 VMI Keydets (22-7, 13-5 Big South), 7:00pm ? Live Video: Big South EDGE on www.BigSouthSports.com
This is the first meeting between Coastal Carolina and VMI in the Big South Tournament ... VMI is hosting a Conference Tournament game for the first time since joining the Big South in 2003-04 ... The Keydets are looking for their first Semifinal berth since advancing to the Championship game in 2007 ... Coastal Carolina is looking for its first Semifinal berth since advancing to the Championship game in 2006 ... The teams split the season series in 2008-09, which featured two epic battles .... VMI won the first match-up, 103-102 on Jan. 10 when Coastal's STEVEN SEXTON banked a shot at the buzzer, but it was ruled that his foot was on the three-point line, giving VMI the victory ... In Conway on Feb. 14, MARIO EDWARDS hit a three-pointer as time expired to give Coastal Carolina a 100-97 victory ... TRAVIS HOLMES averaged 29.5 points in the season series, while twin brother CHAVIS HOLMES averaged 26.5 ... JOSEPH HARRIS owns a career 19.2 points per game average in six meetings against VMI ... Harris has 11 consecutive double-doubles (17.9 points, 13.6 rebounds) and needs four (4) rebounds to break the Big South single-season record of 342.
#6 Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (13-16, 9-9 Big South) at #3 Liberty Flames (21-10, 12-6 Big South), 7:00pm ? TV: Flames Television Network ? Live Video: Big South EDGE on www.BigSouthSports.com
Big South newcomer Gardner-Webb is a No. 6 seed in a Conference Tournament for the second season in a row, as the Runnin' Bulldogs were the sixth seed in the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, their final year in that League. GWU defeated No. 3 Stetson, 82-63, a year ago .... Liberty is a Top 4 seed for the sixth time in the seven years of the Big South's home site Tournament format and is looking for its second-straight Semifinal appearance ... The Flames are the No. 3 seed for just the second time in its Big South membership, but the second time in three years (2007) ... The teams split the regular-season series ... Gardner-Webb had six players average double figures scoring against the Flames this season, while JOSHUA HENLEY averaged 13.0 rebounds ... For Liberty, KYLE OHMAN averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds against GWU ... SETH CURRY has set Big South single-season freshman records for points (640) and three-pointers (95), and is looking to become the first freshman to average 20.0 points a game (currently at 20.6).