Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
When: March 5, 7-9
Where: HTC Center; Conway, S.C.
Favorite to Win Tournament: Coastal Carolina (18-12, 11-5)
Coastal Carolina may have the second-best regular-season record in the Big South, but the South Division champs will stay home at the HTC Center for the Big South tournament.
With the home crowd behind them for all three potential games on the road to the Big Dance, the Chanticleers have to be considered the favorite here.
Coastal Carolina has an easier path to the final than High Point, the top team from the North Division, does.
Biggest Upset Threat: Winthrop (17-12, 10-6)
Given the parity in the conference, three or four teams could legitimately pull off upsets at the HTC Center.
Seven of the 12 teams headed to Conway won 10 or more games in league play, one of which is Winthrop.
For the Eagles, who are seeded fourth in the South Division, to earn a near-guaranteed trip to Dayton for the First Four, they will have to win four games in five days and upset High Point in the quarterfinals.
Winthrop is a team that has given the higher seeds in the tournament trouble all season, and if it reaches the final against Coastal Carolina, it will look for its third win of the season over the Chanticleers.
Player to Watch: John Brown, High Point
Brown has scored in double digits in every game since the Panthers' loss to Arkansas on December 28, and is averaging 19.6 points per game.
If the Panthers are to break through the difficult part of their bracket, Brown must continue his strong play to keep his team's six-game winning streak alive.