Big South Round Up: Explaining Seeding Scenarios

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

It was another wild night in the Big South and we try to clean everything up and explain each team's Big South Tournament possibilities after tonight's games.

High Point-70, VMI-67

This game was about as close as it gets to being a North Division championship and it was about as close as it gets on the court. With a 39-25 lead at the half it looked like High Point was going to run away with game. Instead, VMI battled back and nearly escaped North Carolina with a victory. The game ended in a 70-67 margin in favor of High Point.

John Brown posted seventh double-double of the season with 27 points and 10 boards. Brown also became the first sophomore in Big South history to surpass the 1,000 point mark. D.J. Covington was the individual star for VMI, as he had 19 points and 14 rebounds.

What this means for seeding:

High Point is now in sole possession of first place in the North Division. The Panthers can wrap up the division title by taking down Campbell on Friday night in a game that will be seen on ESPNU. If High Point loses then they'll need VMI to lose at Longwood on Saturday. Both of these teams will be in the top two at the very least and will receive a first round bye in Myrtle Beach.

Radford-82, Campbell-78

Campbell looked dead in the water at Radford when they were down 40-27 at the half and many thought the struggling Camels would just roll over and die in the second half. That notion could not have been farther from the truth when Campbell nearly came all the way back against the Highlanders but missed a game tying three and lost 82-78. RJ Price paced Radford with 24 points, while D.J. Mason lead the Camels with 18 points as he continues on his comeback trail.

What this means for seeding:

Radford is locked into the third seed in the North Division now and will take on Presbyterian in the first round of the Big South Tournament. Campbell has though they had the fourth seed locked up for quite some time but now the Camels need to scramble. If Campbell wants the fourth seed they'll either need to beat High Point Friday or root for Radford to take down Liberty on Saturday.

Winthrop- 107, UNC Asheville- 100 (OT)

What a game this was! Winthrop rallied back from a six point halftime deficit and Keon Moore nailed a huge three to send this game into overtime. Winthrop took care of business in the overtime period outscoring Asheville 13-6. Keon Johnson lead Winthrop with 27 points, while Andrew Rowsey had another huge night for Asheville and went off for 37 points.

What this means for seeding:

Winthrop currently sits in third position since they swept Coastal Carolina this year and Asheville split with the Chanticleers. The Eagles play Presbyterian on Saturday and the only way they can move up is with a win and a Coastal Carolina loss. If Winthrop wins, Coastal loses, and Gardner-Webb loses then the Eagles are the first seed in the South. If Winthrop wins, Coastal loses, and Gardner-Webb wins then Winthrop is the second seed. If Winthrop wins and Coastal wins then the Eagles are the three seed regardless of the outcome of the Gardner-Webb versus Asheville game. If Winthrop loses and Asheville wins then the Eagles will be the fourth seed in the tournament.

If Asheville wins and Winthrop loses then then Asheville is your second seed in the Big South Tournament. If Asheville wins and Winthrop wins then Asheville will be the third seed.

Coastal Carolina-70, Presbyterian-51

Coastal took down their in-state rival and remained atop the South Division with a 70-51 win over Presbyterian. Badou Diagne lead the Chants tonight with 13 points and 18 rebounds. The Chants look ready for the Big South Tournament, while the Blue Hose are looking for sort of spark for when they head back to Myrtle Beach next week.

What this means for seeding:

Coastal took care of their own business but might still have some work left. Since the Chants beat Gardner-Webb twice they have the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs. But at the same time Coastal lost twice to Winthrop. If Coastal wins on Saturday then Coastal is the #1 seed in the South. If Asheville wins and Coastal loses then Coastal is the #2 seed. There is still a possibility where Coastal loses, Asheville wins, and Winthrop wins that would have four teams finishing with 10 wins. Then my head exploded...

Presbyterian will be the sixth seed in the South and play Radford in the first round.

Gardner-Webb- 77, Charleston Southern- 75

Charleston Southern made things pretty interesting after being down nine points at halftime and nearly came back all the way in the Buc Dome on Senior Night. Instead, the Buc found themselves with their ninth Big South loss of the year and are guaranteed a losing season. Jerome Hill lead the Bulldogs with 23 points, while Arlon Harper lead the Bucs with 16 points. Saah Nimley missed his third straight game for Charleston Southern.

What this means for seeding:

Gardner-Webb is in control of their own destiny after tonight. If the Bulldogs beat Asheville on Saturday then they take home a first round bye and a top two seed in the Big South Tournament. To be the #1 seed in the South the Bulldogs need to win and for Coastal Carolina to lose to Charleston Southern on Saturday. If the Bulldogs lose to Asheville then they will finish third in the North and match up with Longwood in the first round of the conference tournament.

Charleston Southern is now locked into the fifth seed in the South and will take on either Liberty or Campbell in the first round of the conference tournament.

Liberty

If Liberty loses then they are the fifth seed in the North. If Liberty wins and High Point beats Campbell on Friday then the Flames will be the fourth seed.

Longwood

Longwood will be the sixth seed in the North and will play either Gardner-Webb, Winthrop, or UNC Asheville in the Big South Tournament.

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