Big South Conference basketball pick by Andrew Ryan of BangTheBook.com
What They’re Playing For: The Big South Tournament wraps up on Saturday afternoon with a clash between the Winthrop Eagles and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
How They Got Here: Winthrop defeated Liberty 80-72 & Radford 61-46. Coastal Carolina defeated VMI 82-73 & UNC-Ashville 92-73
Who to Watch: Winthrop’s G Reggie Middleton is the team’s best outside threat, and he’s also the only real pure scorer that the team has. If he doesn’t go off for at least 15 points, the Eagles are going to have a hard time keeping up with the Chants. For Coastal Carolina, watch F Joseph Harris. Not only is he the team’s leading scorer at 14.8 points per game, but he’s also the best defender on the squad as well, averaging 9.9 rebounds to go with 60 steals and 26 blocks in 33 games.
Previous Meetings: January 2nd – Coastal Carolina 57 – Winthrop 47, January 30th – Winthrop 67 – Coastal Carolina 64
What to Expect: The Chanticleers have been the best team in the Big South all season, and especially on their home court, it’s hard to imagine how they could possibly slip up in this one. Look for Coastal Carolina to break its 17-year drought without a March Madness appearance by clinching its automatic bid to the dance.
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