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No. 5 Seed Liberty to Meet No. 4 Seed UNC Asheville in BSC Championship Quarterfinals

February 27, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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After its thrilling 86-81 win over Gardner-Webb, Saturday afternoon, the Liberty men's basketball team is seeded No. 5 and will receive a first-round bye in the 2016 Big South Championship.

The Flames will take on No. 4 seed UNC Asheville, Friday, inside Campbell's Gore Arena (Buies Creek, N.C.). The matchup airs live on ESPN3 at 2 p.m. Friday's winner will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, with the game broadcasting live on ESPN3 at 1 p.m.

Following Liberty's win over the Runnin' Bulldogs, the Radford Highlanders fell to Longwood, 92-81, allowing the Flames to move up to the fifth seed. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs dropped a narrow 81-79 decision to Coastal Carolina, falling to the No. 4 spot.

Asheville (19-11, 12-6 Big South) took both meetings against Liberty (13-18, 10-8 Big South) during the regular season, including this past Thursday's contest at Kimmel Arena (73-56). The Bulldogs also defeated the Flames inside the Vines Center on Jan. 2, 76-69.

The Flames and Bulldogs have met eight times in the Big South Championship, with Asheville holding a 5-3 advantage in postseason play. No. 6 seed Asheville eliminated the No. 11 seed Flames in the first round of the 2015 Big South Championship, earning an 80-70 victory (March 4, 2015).

High Point and Winthrop tied for the regular-season championship, and the Panthers are the No. 1 seed with the Eagles receiving the No. 2 seed. High Point has now captured four consecutive Big South regular-season titles, becoming just the third program in league history to accomplish this feat.  Winthrop clinched its first regular-season crown since sharing the title in 2007-08.  It is the conference's third time with co-champions in the past four seasons.

Coastal Carolina was declared the No. 3 seed based on its season-sweep of the Bulldogs.  Liberty, predicted to finish last in the preseason poll, tied with Gardner-Webb for fifth in the standings at 10-8, and the Flames secured the No. 5 seed and first round bye into the quarterfinals with their season-sweep of the Runnin' Bulldogs.  Radford was the lone team not tied in the final standings, as the Highlanders finished league play 9-9 for seventh-place.

For the first time in league history, a four-way tie for eighth-place occurred, as Campbell, Charleston Southern, Longwood and Presbyterian all finished 5-13.  The multi-team tiebreaker of highest winning percentage based on the combined record between the tied teams was needed to determine the last four seeds.  Campbell went 2-4 (33.3 percent) against the other three teams, Charleston Southern was 3-2 (60.0), Longwood was 3-2 (60.0) and Presbyterian was 3-3 (50.0). 

The Camels fell to the No. 11 seed due to having the lowest winning percentage among the group, with the Blue Hose receiving the No. 10 seed.  With the Lancers and Buccaneers remained tied with the same winning percentage, the tiebreak procedure reverted back to the two-way tiebreaker of head-to-head results.  Longwood claimed the No. 8 seed based on its 78-76, double-overtime win at Charleston Southern on Feb. 6.

As the No. 1 seed, High Point has secured the Big South's automatic bid to the NIT should the Panthers not win the Conference Tournament.

All games will be played at Gore Arena / Pope Convocation Center on the campus of Campbell University.  Tickets are on sale at by clicking here or by calling the Campbell Athletics Ticket Office at 910-893-1459.

All three first round games on March 3 will be broadcast live on the Big South Network.  The 2016 Big South Men's Basketball Championship will continue with the quarterfinals on Friday, March 4 and semifinals on Saturday, March 5 with both days being carried live on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.  The Championship game will be contested Sunday, March 6 live on ESPN2 at 2:30pm.  The Big South's Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:

First Round – Thursday, March 3 – Big South Network
Game 1: No. 8 Longwood vs. No. 9 Charleston Southern, 2 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 Radford vs. o. 10 Presbyterian, 4:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 6 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 11 Campbell, 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 4 – ESPN3
Game 4: No. 1 High Point vs. No. 8/9 winner, Noon
Game 5: No. 4 UNC Asheville vs. No. 5 Liberty, 2 p.m.
Game 6: No. 2 Winthrop vs. No. 7/10 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 7: No. 3 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 6/11 winner, 8 p.m.

Semifinals - Saturday, March 5 – ESPN3
Game 8:  Semifinals – Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.
Game 9:  Semifinals – Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 3 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, March 6 – ESPN2
Game 10:  Championship – Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 2:30 p.m.