Quick Previews: Big South Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

2016-2017 may be a transition period for the Big South. To start, Coastal Carolina, who finished third in the conference last season and represented the conference in the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015, left for the Sun Belt. Then the league’s leading scorer, DeSean Murray, left Presbyterian for Auburn. Evan Maxwell bolted from Liberty to Kansas and UNC Asheville’s stud freshmen from last season, Dylan Smith and Dwayne Sutton, left for Arizona and Louisville, respectively. So this season comes with a lot of new faces and question marks. The favorite may be last year’s co-regular season champs in Winthrop. The Eagles return 3 starters, including Keon Johnson (18.7 PPG), and a bunch of key reserves from last year’s team. Another contender will be Liberty, who returns 4 starters despite losing their big man in Evan Maxwell. After that, the league is full of a bunch of unknowns, making the Big South one of the toughest leagues to predict this year.

Big South Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Winthrop: 23-9 (13-5)

2. Liberty: 13-19 (10-8)

3. Gardner-Webb: 17-16 (10-8)

4. UNC Asheville: 22-12 (12-6)

5. High Point: 21-11 (13-5)

6. Campbell: 12-18 (5-13)

7. Charleston Southern: 9-21 (5-13)

8. Radford: 16-15 (9-9)

9. Longwood: 10-23 (5-13)

10. Presbyterian: 11-20 (5-13)

First Team All Big South

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Keon Johnson, Winthrop (18.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Xavier Cooks, Winthrop (14.7 PPG, 7.1 RPG)

Chris Clemons, Campbell (18.5 PPG)

Tyrell Nelson, Gardner-Webb (14.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG)

John Dawson, Liberty (13.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Winthrop

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