01 March 2016

2016 Big South Tournament Predictions

This Thursday will see the start of the 2016 Big South Tournament, hosted this year at the Pope Convocation Center in Buies Creek, North Carolina. As you might have surmised, Campbell will be the effective home team and we should note, the last two Big South Tournament champions were the hosts of the tournament. Of course, we should also note that Campbell finished tied for last in the conference this season so that streak will likely end.

Keeping that in mind, who will get the Big South's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament? Here are my predictions.

First Round - Thursday, March 3rd
8 Longwood vs. 9 Charleston Southern - Big South Network, 2:00
Pick: Charleston Southern

7 Radford vs. 10 Presbyterian - BSN, 4:30
Pick: Radford

6 Gardner-Webb vs. 11 Campbell - BSN, 7:00
Pick: Gardner-Webb

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 4th
1 High Point vs. 9 Charleston Southern - ESPN3, 12:00
Pick: High Point

4 UNC Asheville vs. 5 Liberty - ESPN3, 2:00
Pick: UNC Asheville

2 Winthrop vs. 7 Radford - ESPN3, 6:00
Pick: Winthrop

3 Coastal Carolina vs. 6 Gardner-Webb - ESPN3, 8:00
Pick: Gardner-Webb

Semifinals - Saturday, March 5th
1 High Point vs. 4 UNC Asheville - ESPN3, 1:00
Pick: High Point

2 Winthrop vs. 6 Gardner-Webb - ESPN3, 3:00
Pick: Winthrop

Championship - Sunday, March 6th
1 High Point vs. 2 Winthrop - ESPN2, 2:30
This is the matchup that I think avid Big South Conference fans are looking forward the most to of any potential championship showdown. It will be the high-powered offense of the Eagles against the more balanced attack of the Panthers. I think the offense of Winthrop will be enough to win the conference.
Pick: Winthrop

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