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4th-Seeded Eagles Take On #5 Longwood Friday Afternoon In Big South Quarterfinal

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4th-Seeded Eagles Take On #5 Longwood Friday Afternoon In Big South Quarterfinal

Rock Hill, South Carolina —

Fourth-seeded Winthrop will clash with fifth-seeded Longwood in the quarterfinals of the 2024 Hercules Tires Big South Conference Championship on Friday afternoon.

Game Details:

WINTHROP (17-14, 8-8 Big South) vs. #5 Longwood (18-13, 6-10 Big South)

Date: Friday, Mar. 8

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: High Point, North Carolina | Qubein Center

Television/Live Stream: ESPN+ | pxp – Evan Lepler / analyst – Sarah Jansen

Radio: 94.3 FM | ESPN730 | WGNC AM1450/101.FM | pxp – Mike Pacheco / analyst – Michael Jenkins

Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Series History Versus Longwood:

This marks the third meeting this season and 26th all-time between the two teams. The last meeting saw the Eagles fall 84-74 in Farmville, Virginia.

In the first meeting, the Eagles emerged victorious with a 68-60 overtime win at home. Winthrop holds a 2-1 all-time record against Longwood in conference tournament matchups.

Winthrop in the Big South Tournament:

The Eagles are seeded 4th for the 3rd time in program history and hold a 4-1 record at that seed. They have advanced to the championship game three out of the last four years.

Winthrop boasts a 55-25 all-time record in tournament play, with the most wins in Big South history. They hold the record for the most championships (13) and tournament wins (55) in the conference.

Looking Back At 2022-23:

Last season, Kelton Talford led the team in scoring and rebounding, earning First Team All-Conference honors. The Eagles have returned four starters, along with key reserves and transfers, setting up a veteran lineup for this season.

Regular Season Honors/Awards:

Kelton Talford received the Big South Conference Player of the Week award on Jan. 15 for his standout performances. Freshman Noah Van Bibber was also recognized as the Big South Conference Freshman of the Week on Nov. 20.

Career Milestones:

Several players, including Micheal Anumba, Chase Claxton, Kasen Harrison, Kelton Talford, Sin’Cere McMahon, Nick Johnson, and Alex Timmerman, have achieved significant career milestones during their time with the Eagles.

25th Anniversary:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1998-99 team that secured the first-ever Big South Conference regular-season championship for Winthrop, making the program’s inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance.

Up Next:

The winner of this quarterfinal game will advance to Saturday’s Big South Conference semifinal match and face the winner of the top-seeded High Point versus USC Upstate/Radford.

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