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UNC Asheville Faces Winthrop in First Round of Big South Men’s Tournament

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In a re-match of last year’s Big South Championship Game, UNC Asheville will host Winthrop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Justice Center in the first round of the 2009 Advance Auto-Parts Big South Championships.

The Tournament seedings were announced after the completion of Saturday night’s games. UNC Asheville dropped its regular season finale at Presbyterian 76-61. The win by Presbyterian coupled with victories by Winthrop (70-50 over Coastal Carolina) and Gardner-Webb (68-59 over Charleston Southern) left a three-way tie for fifth place in the conference standings. Although Presbyterian is not eligible for post-season play, the Blue Hose are factored into tiebreakers. Winthrop went 3-1 against PC and GWU while Gardner-Webb went 2-2 against Winthrop and Presbyterian giving the Eagles fifth place.

Gardner-Webb ends up in sixth place and will face Liberty at Vines Center on Tuesday. Radford won the regular season title and earns the No. 1 seed. It will face No. 8 seed High Point at Dedmon Center. No. 2 seed VMI will host No. 7 seed Coastal Carolina at Cameron Hall. All of Tuesday’s quarterfinal match-ups will begin at 7 p.m.

The semifinals will be at Radford’s Dedmon Center on Thursday, March 5. Both semifinal games will be broadcast on ESPNU at 6 and 8 p.m. The finals will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. The Championship Game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

This will mark the third straight year that UNC Asheville has played Winthrop in the Big South Tournament. The Eagles won both meetings against the Bulldogs this season, winning 87-67 at Winthrop on Jan. 17 and 56-49 at Justice Center on Jan. 28.

UNC Asheville knocked off Winthrop in the semifinals of the 2003 Big South Tournament on its way to its only NCAA appearance.

Tuesday’s quarterfinal will be video streamed at www.bigsouthsports.com for a small fee. The will be broadcast in the Asheville area on AM-1310/970 WISE.

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, March 3 (at top four seeds)

Game 1: No. 2 VMI hosts No. 7 Coastal Carolina, 7:00pm ET (at Lexington, Va.)

Game 2: No. 3 Liberty hosts No. 6 Gardner-Webb, 7:00pm ET (at Lynchburg, Va.), TV: FTN

Game 3: No. 1 Radford hosts No. 8 High Point, 7:00pm ET (at Radford, Va.)

Game 4: No. 4 UNC Asheville hosts No. 5 Winthrop, 7:00pm ET (at Asheville, N.C.)

Semifinals – Thursday, March 5 (at Dedmon Center, Radford, Va.)

Game 5: Semifinals – No. 2/No. 7 winner vs. No. 3/No. 6 winner, 6:00pm ET; TV: ESPNU

Game 6: Semifinals – No. 1/No. 8 winner vs. No. 4/No. 5 winner, 8:00pm ET; TV: ESPNU

Championship – Saturday, March 7 (at highest remaining seed)

Game 7: Championship – Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 4:00pm ET; TV: E

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