Just when you thought basketball season was over, right?
Two big news items hit this week that will make some ripples in Big South men's hoops in the coming seasons.
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Just when you thought basketball season was over, right?
The post-season fortunes of the Big South hoopsters have not been good ones (an understatement, I'm afraid).
Lopsided losses have befallen Radford on the men's side (to UNC), plus Liberty and Winthrop (to Louisville and Georgetown, respectively) on the women's side. The closest of those three games had a 20-point gap, so no "almost" this year.
Meanwhile, it may be a first-year event, but the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) is the home of the Big South's last team standing. Liberty's men's team knocked off Rider at Lynchburg in the opener for the Flames, and they get to host again tonight--James Madison comes in for a quarterfinal match-up, 7pm tip-off. And don't worry, if you can't make it to the Vines Center, we'll bring the Vines to you on The Big South EDGE!
Enough basketball talk for the moment--Big South BASEBALL is in full swing. Conference series have already begun and there are some early storylines to watch. Coastal Carolina (18-4 / 3-2) is a known commodity, ranked and rolling for the most part, but the Chants got upended in a weekend series by Winthrop, making the Eagles (14-7 / 5-1) a team to watch as well. And don't leave Liberty (15-5 / 4-1) out of that discussion either. Although their overall records aren't as stellar, there are still three additional teams with winning records in Big South play early on: CSU, VMI, and GWU.
Baseball is not alone in the spring action...while you were watching basketball, other seasons have been gaining steam: softball is settling into the thick of its schedule now and the championships are just weeks away for tennis, golf, and outdoor track & field!
DEADLINE ALERT--have you been voting for your "Best of the Best" selections? Your time is running out! The scheduled conclusion for the "BoB" voting window is Wednesday, March 25th, so get over there and make your vote count. Remember, you can vote just once per day, but as many days as you like--so that gives you three more opportunities as of this posting! We'll combine the fan voting with the Big South's 25th Anniversary Committee ballots and reveal the results at the conclusion of the athletic calendar in May.
FYI, we did a little housekeeping and updated the blog-roll on the right...the outdated ones have been removed and new ones added in their spots--and probably more coming soon...
Keep your ears open for the next SHOUT from the Big South Conference!
It's that time, most definitely that time.
The last few weeks have been a crazy frenzy of tournaments and championships, setting the scene for the biggest one of all, the Big Dance itself.
Well, as I write this (1pm Thursday 3/19), the Big South has a team alive in four different postseason basketball tourneys:
RADFORD MEN: NCAA (Big South Champion, Automatic Qualifier, and a 16-seed, opening against 1-North Carolina in Greensboro...perceived by many to be the ultimate death sentence--but surely a 16 must beat a 1 SOMETIME, right? I mean, just because it's never happened...well, let's hope for the best!!!)
LIBERTY WOMEN: NCAA (Big South Champion, Automatic Qualifier, and a 14-seed, opening against 3-Louisville in Baton Rouge--tough draw, especially since an upset win probably means host LSU next)
LIBERTY MEN: CIT (This is the inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, and the Flames already have an opening-round win against Rider under their belts!)
WINTHROP WOMEN: WNIT (The Big South gets a team in the WNIT field, and WU is the top eligible team--best seed from the Conference with a winning record overall.)
As for streaming options, it's very much a baseball week--here's the quick rundown...
Admittedly, this is a quick note today--it should be longer after the "radio silence" you've been getting from SHOUT over the last two weeks, but the Conference staff is heading out to watch the Radford-UNC game together...for this game, we're clearly in the minority here in the Tar Heel State, but we'll be hoping RU can find a little magic.
ENJOY THE GAMES--more SHOUT coming soon...
Hey everybody, the men's basketball final is now set!
The quarterfinal winners Tuesday were the top four seeds (RU, VMI, LU, UNCA) on their home courts.
The semifinal winners tonight were the top two seeds (RU, VMI) on #1 Radford's court.
So now Radford will host VMI in a showdown for the Big South Championship Saturday afternoon (on ESPN2).
Yes, men's basketball grabs the headlines these days, but that's not all that's going on--as we discuss in this week's "On The EDGE"...
Mascot Dance Video Fever is catching on--if you haven't seen it yet, check out the post from March 2nd!!!
That's all, just a quick one tonight--thanks for reading, more coming soon.
It's that time of year: everybody wants to dance: win, advance, and DANCE...everybody--and I mean EVERYBODY in the Big South Conference is trying.
Just watch this and you'll see what I mean (in other words, "Mascots-a-Plenty")!!! Enjoy.
Big South SHOUT is now one year old--we got our start 2/29/08 (Leap Day!) and just crossed into March '09. That means it's tourney time for the 2009 Championships and certainly a worthy cause for celebration...hence the dancing (our thanks to all the mascots and cheer squads for their fantastic contributions).
Thank you all for reading and supporting SHOUT throughout the last exciting 12 months, and for staying with us for more from the Big South Conference through the many months, seasons, and years ahead!