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  Saturday, October 15, 2005

BX Conf. Preview #27: Big South
By Drew Barnette

#27 href=/profile//> BIG href=/profile//> SOUTH

This href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> basically href=/profile//> consists href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Winthrop href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> rans. href=/profile//> Thatís href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> case. href=/profile//> Only href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> records href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> (Winthrop href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Liberty), href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Winthrop href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> gap href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> widened href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Winthrop href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> better, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> worse. href=/profile//>



-WINTHROP. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Eagles href=/profile//> ran href=/profile//> away href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> 15-1 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> blew href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> every href=/profile//> opponent href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> faced href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> earn href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> automatic href=/profile//> bid, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> upsetting href=/profile//> Gonzaga href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> Winthrop href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> impact href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> scene href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> pass href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> defend href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> coached. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> talented. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> juniors href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> potential href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> choices href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> SG href=/profile//> Torrell href=/profile//> Martin href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Phillip href=/profile//> Williams. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> contend href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> bid, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> wonít href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> easy. href=/profile//> One href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> working href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> predominantly href=/profile//> weak href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> throughout href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do, href=/profile//> however, href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> Memphis href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Alabama href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> blow href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> 25 href=/profile//> total href=/profile//> (which href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> DEFINITELY href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do), href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> wonít href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> automatic href=/profile//> bid href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> in. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> said, href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> throughout. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-UNC href=/profile//> ASHEVILLE. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> bulldogs href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> experience, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> itís href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be. href=/profile//> Thatís href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> liked href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> itís href=/profile//> bench. href=/profile//> Throughout href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Theyíd href=/profile//> follow href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> streak href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> streak, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> trend href=/profile//> continues. href=/profile//> Look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Brian href=/profile//> McUllough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//>

-COASTAL href=/profile//> CAROLINA. href=/profile//> Perhaps href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> addition href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Buzz href=/profile//> Peterson href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Tennessee. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> hasnít href=/profile//> experienced href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> success href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> recent href=/profile//> years, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> slight href=/profile//> buzz href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> experienced href=/profile//> coaching href=/profile//> staff href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> particular href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> With href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> better, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> isnít href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

-LIBERTY. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> flames href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> junior href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Larry href=/profile//> Blair href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leader href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> positions href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> experience.

-RADFORD. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> highlanders href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> Whit href=/profile//> Holcomb-Faye, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> arenít href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> underneath. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> prone href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> theyíll href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> challenging href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> toward href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//>

-BIRMINGHAM href=/profile//> SOUTHERN. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> panthers href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> short href=/profile//> history href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> div1 href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2003-2004 href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> away. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> problem href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> eligible href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> bid. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> 7-9, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them.

-HIGH href=/profile//> POINT. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> areas href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> graduation, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> outlook href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> good. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Akeem href=/profile//> Scott href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leader href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> isnít href=/profile//> nearly href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> compete href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> incredibly href=/profile//> inexperienced href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> building href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> panthers. href=/profile//>

-CHARLESTON href=/profile//> SOUTHERN. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> didnít href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> 7-9 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> standout href=/profile//> players. href=/profile//>

-VMI. href=/profile//> Last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> VMI href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> dead href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> Not href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> competitively href=/profile//> toward href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> back. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> sends href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tourney, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> traditionally href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> changing href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>



CONFERENCE href=/profile//> TOURNAMENT

February href=/profile//> 28, href=/profile//> March href=/profile//> 2, href=/profile//> 4
Located href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> campus href=/profile//> sites href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> highest href=/profile//> seeded href=/profile//> teams
Seeding href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> standard

 
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