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The Big South Rundown: Catching up on news and notes around the league

Power rankings, close ball games, and all your latest conference news.

NCAA Basketball: NC-Asheville at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

At this juncture, the Big South Conference is shaping up to have another fantastic year. No particular team has truly shown an elevated level of play that separates them as a notch ahead of the pack. If you look solely based on the records across the conference, the difference between first and last is just three games.

In the past week, the number of games that came down to the wire from Big South members was at a premium.

In this week’s rundown, We have official weekly conference awards, buzzer beaters, overtime thrillers, and our first look at Big South power rankings. Lace up your sneakers, it’s the Big South Rundown.

Presbyterian truly plays until the last buzzer

You have to tip your hat to the work that’s been done at Presbyterian by first-year head coach Dustin Kerns. It has been one exciting week for the Blue Hose. For starters, the National Association Basketball Coaches (NABC) has named Presbyterian as the team of the week, and with good reason after the two finishes they had.

The Blue Hose played host to both the UNC Greensboro Spartans and North Carolina A&T Aggies this past week, coming out victorious in each contest. It’s not just the fact that they won these games, but rather the manner in which it occurred.

A last-second buzzer beater knocked off the Spartans 74-72.

The Blue Hose loved to keep things interesting, so they decided to double up on buzzer beaters.

The Blue Hose had just five wins a season ago and have now tied that mark by playing an improved brand of basketball.

Liberty puts on a shooting clinic in an overtime thriller

The Liberty Flames are trending up after a huge road win at Georgia State, and our own Mitchell Northam provided a coverage of the that OT thriller. Currently holding a record of 6-3, the game against Georgia State was their second overtime game of the week. They suffered a 76-75 lost in three overtimes against the UNC Greensboro Spartans. The beauty of basketball is the opportunity to get right back into action after a tough loss, and the Flames did just that with the resume-building win against Georgia State.

Quick View

  • UNC Asheville has dropped their last two games: 83-52 at the hands of Clemson, followed by an 11 point loss to Furman 83-72.
  • Winthrop showed their toughness as they battled the Georgia Bulldogs, although they fell 87-82.
  • Campbell suffered a heartbreaking loss 69-66 to the East Carolina Pirates after holding a double-digit lead early in the second half.

Power Rankings

  1. Winthrop Eagles
  2. Liberty Flames
  3. UNC Asheville Bulldogs
  4. Radford Highlanders
  5. Charleston Southern
  6. High Point Panthers
  7. Campbell Camels
  8. Presbyterian Blue Hose
  9. Gardner-Webb Bulldogs
  10. Longwood Lancers