Brackets set for Big South Tournament at HTC Center

The seedings and pairings for next week’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Basketball Championship have been determined following the conclusion of the Conference’s regular-season schedule this afternoon.

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.

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.

On the women’s side, Liberty won its 14th Big South women’s basketball regular-season championship, and has earned the No. 1 seed in next week’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women’s Basketball Championship, it was announced today by the League office. All games of the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women’s Championship will be played at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.  The Lady Flames posted a 16-2 record in Big South play.

Winthrop and Presbyterian College each posted identical 14-4 records in Conference action, with the Eagles breaking the tie with a sweep of the Blue Hose this season to earn the No. 2 position.  High Point and Campbell posted 11-7 records in Big South play.  The Panthers downed Liberty this season to break the tie and pick up the No. 4 spot, with Campbell grabbing the No. 5 position.  Radford garnered the No. 6 slot with its 9-9 record in the League.  Longwood and Coastal Carolina also tied with 8-10 records in Conference play, with Longwood earning the No. 7 position in the tie breaker procedure.  Gardner-Webb earned the No. 9 seed with a 5-13 record in the League, while Charleston Southern’s 3-15 record was good for No. 10.  UNC Asheville rounds out the seeds at No. 11 as it went 0-18 in Conference play.

The 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women’s Basketball Championship begins Wednesday, March 6 with three games.  The quarterfinals will be played on March 8, and continues with the semifinals on March 9 and the finals on March 10.  The first round and quarterfinals will air live on the Big South Network Presented by State Farm and the semifinals and finals will air on ESPN3.com.  The Big South’s Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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:

Men’s 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

Women’s First Round – Wednesday, March 6 (The HTC Center, Conway, S.C)

Game 1 – No. 7 Longwood vs. No. 10 Charleston Southern, 12:00pm
Game 2 – No. 6 Radford vs. No. 11 UNC Asheville, 2:00pm
Game 3 – No. 8 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 9 Gardner-Webb, 7:00pm

Men’s 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

Women’s Quarterfinals – Friday, March 8 (The HTC Center, Conway, S.C.)

Game 4 – Winner GM 1 vs. #2 Winthrop, 12:00pm
Game 5 – Winner GM 2 vs. #3 Presbyterian College, 2:00pm
Game 6 – #4 High Point vs. #5 Campbell, 6:00pm
Game 7 – Winner GM 3 vs. #1 Liberty, 8:00pm

Men’s 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

Women’s Semifinals – Saturday, March 9

Game 8 – Winner GM 4 vs. Winner GM 5, 6:00pm – ESPN3.com
Game 9 – Winner GM 6 vs. Winner GM 7, 8:00pm – ESPN3.com

Finals – Sunday, March 10(The HTC Center, Conway, S.C.)
Game 11:  Men’s Championship – Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 12:00pm ET; TV: ESPN2
Game 10 – Women’s Championmship – winner GM 8 vs. Winner GM 9, 5:00pm – ESPN3.com

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