1. Radford Highlanders (13-6,3-1)
Last Week: 1
The Highlanders had a little hiccup on their home floor in a 101-88 loss to VMI. Mike Jones' squad responded by imposing their experience and depth in the Dedmon Center on Saturday for a 93-76 win over Longwood. Javonte Green had quite the week putting up 37 points and 32 rebounds in the Highlanders two games against in-state rivals.
Last Week: L 101-88 vs VMI, W 93-76 vs Longwood
This Week: 1/22 at Campbell (9-10,3-1), 1/25 vs Coastal Carolina (9-9,2-2)
2. Winthrop Ealges (9-7,3-1)
Pat Kelsey's Eagles fit into the up and down week that was the theme in the Big South. Winthrop coughed up a game at home to Gardner-Webb and then pulled out a close one at Coastal Carolina. Keon Moore continues to impress and scored 46 points in the Eagles outings this week. A big week lies ahead with a road trip to the "ski lodge" on tap and a visit from the uptempo VMI Keydets.
Last Week: L 56-51 vs Gardner-Webb, W 73-72 at Coastal Carolina
This Week:1/22 at UNC Asheville (9-9, 3-1), 1/25 vs VMI (9-8,2-2)
3. Asheville Bulldogs (9-9,3-1)
Yet another team that went one and one on the week. Asheville couldn't pull off the Palmetto State sweep after losing at Coastal, but pulling off a big win in the Buc Dome over Charleston Southern. A huge early season match up with Winthrop looms before heading to High Point in cross-divisional play.
Last Week: L 81-78 at Coastal Carolina, W 80-76 at Charleston Southern
This Week: 1/22 vs Winthrop (9-7,3-1), at High Point (5-11,2-2)
4. Campbell Fighting Camels (9-10,3-1)
I said last week that I couldn't buy into the Camels but this week I'm ready to go all-in. Campbell got robbed by the referees at Liberty and then took down a surging VMI team. If anyone should be 4-0 in the conference right now then it's Kevin McGeehan's squad. We'll find out a lot more about the Camels the next three weeks though with a much tougher slate in front of them.
Last Week: L 71-68 at Liberty, W 97-93 vs VMI
This Week: 1/22 vs Radford (13-6,3-1), 1/25 at Gardner-Webb (9-10,2-2)
5. Charleston Southern (8-9,2-2)
Barclay Radebaugh has to be frustrated with his Bucs inability to put together any sort of winning streak this year. After blowing the doors off of Presbyterian, the Bucs lost to Asheville in North Charleston. This team hasn't started to play like the preseason favorite yet. Could this be the week Chuck South turns up the heat?
Last Week: W 95-58 vs Presbyterian, L 80-76 vs UNCA
This Week: 1/22 at Gardner-Webb (9-10,2-2), 1/25 vs Longwood (5-14,0-4)
6. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (9-8,2-2)
Coastal got a good win against Asheville early in the week and nearly went 3-1 to start the conference season losing a tight one against Winthrop in the HTC Center. The Chants will now have to keep pace by playing three of their next four games on the road.
Last Week: W 81-78 vs UNCA, L 73-72 vs Winthrop
This Week: 1/22 at Presbyterian (4-15,0-4), 1/25 at Radford (13-6,3-1)
7. VMI Keydets (9-8,2-2)
VMI is another team that just can't seem to string wins together. The Keydets were ready to build some momentum after taking down Radford, but lost to Campbell in Buies Creek to close the week. It'll be tough to get back-to-back victories this week as well with a road trip to Rock Hill. Rodney Glasgow had quite the week posting 56 points, 8 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Last Week: W 101-88 at Radford, L 97-93 at Campbell
This Week: 1/22 vs High Point (6-11,2-2), 1/25 at Winthrop (9-7,3-1)
8. Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (9-10,2-2)
Tim Craft's Bulldogs were one of two teams to sweep the week in the Big South and they did it with a pair of road wins. Texas A&M transfer Naji Hibbert lead the Bulldogs this week with 29 points and 6 rebounds. It's all about building momentum next week for Craft, as the Bulldogs have two home games in Boiling Springs.
Last Week: W 56-51 at Winthrop, W 67-58 at Presbyterian
This Week: 1/22 vs Charleston Southern (8-9,2-2), 1/25 vs Campbell (9-10,3-1)
9. High Point Panthers (6-11,2-2)
Look who woke up! High Point had a hard fought home win against Longwood and then took down Liberty on the road this week. The wins snapped nine straight Division I losses for the Panthers since the loss of Allan Chaney. John Brown put up 45 points and 14 rebounds in High Point's wins this week.
Last Week: W 83-75 vs Longwood, W 76-70 at Liberty
This Week: 1/22 at VMI (9-8,2-2), 1/25 vs UNCA (9-9,3-1)
10. Liberty Flames (8-11,2-2)
No one really knows what to think about this team who should have dropped a pair of home contests this week. Rumblings continue to emit from Lynchburg that the team does not like Dale Layer, so much so that some members of the team have encouraged students not to come to the Vines Center. There is also the persistent rumor that Layer would not be coaching Liberty right now if it wasn't for the late season tournament run last year. Nevertheless t-shirt night enticed 5,000 people to come on out Saturday night, but the Flames couldn't send the fans home happy with a loss to struggling High Point. Liberty gets match ups this week against two 0-4 Big South schools, but remember the Flames have never won at Longwood's Willett Hall, despite the building being open over 30 years.
Last Week: W 71-68 vs Campbell, L 76-70 vs High Point
This Week: 1/22 at Longwood (5-14, 0-4), 1/25 vs Presbyterian (4-15,0-4)
11. Longwood Lancers (5-14,0-4)
Longwood continues to show fight but the young team just can't crack the ice in the Big South yet. The positives are sophomore point guard Lucas Woodhouse and senior wing Tristan Carey. Woodhouse posted 30 points and 22 assists this week. He's now averaging over 10 assists per game in conference play and passed UMass' star Chaz Williams on the national assists list to now rank second in the country. Carey continues to wake up from a scoring slump and scored 42 points this past week, he is now averaging 19.5 points per game in conference play.
Can Longwood get their first Big South win over arch-rival Liberty in Willett Hall this week? Longwood has had maybe the toughest slate in the Big South to start out with four of their first six games on the road, including trips to VMI, Radford, and Charleston Southern.
Last Week: L 83-75 at High Point, L 93-76 at Radford
This Week: 1/22 vs Liberty (8-11,2-2), 1/25 at Charleston Southern (8-9,2-2)
12. Presbyterian Blue Hose (4-15,0-4)
While their records are similar, Presbyterian hasn't showed quite as much fight as Longwood. PC got blown out at Charleston Southern by 37 points, but did give Gardner-Webb a little bit of a contest in an extremely slow paced game in Clinton. The Blue Hose will continue to look for their first Big South win this week against Coastal and Liberty.
Last Week: L 95-58 at Charleston Southern, L 67-58 vs Garnder-Webb
This Week: 1/22 vs Coastal Carolina (9-9,2-2), 1/25 at Liberty (8-11,2-2)