Despite an impressive second half performance, sparked by shooting 61% from the field, it ultimately wasn’t enough as the Campbell Fighting Camels fell 71-68 to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in a Big South conference match-up tonight.
Second chance points ultimately proved to be the biggest difference as the Runnin’ Bulldogs outscored the Camels 22-4 tonight. This was just one of the main factors for Gardner Webb’s victory tonight.
Over the past couple of seasons, both the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Wofford Terriers have represented their conference in the NCAA Tournament, and have wreaked havoc during the regular season over the NCAA as a whole. They have been two of the more dominant mid-major teams in the last 2 or 3 years, which has made the start to the 2015-16 season a struggle to watch at time for both teams.
Both the Chanticleers and Terriers are adapting to life without some of their stars from last season. Most notably, Warren Gillis is not in a Chanticleers’ jersey this season, and Karl Cochran is no longer suiting up for the Terriers.
Despite the losses, both teams have talent and Monday night’s battle was a showdown of two heavyweight mid-major programs.
Saturday afternoon, the future of two mid-major programs will be on full display as youth will consume the court inside the Vines Center in Lynchburg, VA. The Lamar Cardinals will put their two-game winning streak on the line when they face off against the Liberty Flames, who are looking to put an end to their six-game losing streak.
Both teams are loaded with youth, and the majority of their rosters are made up of freshmen or sophomores. Both teams have experienced some highs and some lows this season, but fans need to look past them and realize that the future is bright in both Beaumont and Lynchburg.
A win would do wonders for both programs in 2015-16, as their players are looking to gain more confidence early on in their NCAA careers. This game may not catch the eye of the casual fan, but let me tell you, this one is one to watch if you are a diehard fan. See these youngsters play now and watch how they develop over their careers.
When people talk about the Big South Conference, the first team that usually comes to mind is more often than not Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers have won the past two conference titles, so it’s not surprising that they’re the team people think about first.
In 2015-16, we ask you to take a strong look at another team in the conference, as they could be the ones cutting down the nets inside The HTC Centre after Myrtle Madness. The High Point Panthers, equipped with their own roster filled with experience and talent, are ready to contend in 2015-16.
How will the Panthers live up to expectations this season? What kind of talent do they have coming back? Who will lead the Panthers back to the NCAA Tournament?
For the past two seasons, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have been the kings of the Big South Conference, representing the conference in each of the past two NCAA Tournaments. The conference tournament took place on the Chanticleers’ home floor, and they used the home court familiarity to their advantage.
In 2015-16, the Chanticleers will be looking to make it a three-peat in what will be their last season as a member of the Big South Conference. Following the 2015-16 season, Coastal Carolina will be on the move to the Sun Belt, and they’d love to go out on top as three-time defending champions.
This season, the Chanticleers won’t have the glamour and talent that they had last season, and the road to the NCAA Tournament will be a lot tougher. With that being said, the Chanticleers are battle-tested, they know what it takes to win, and will give everything they have to defend their conference tournament titles.
Plus, making it to the NCAA Tournament and losing in the opening round both times has to leave a bit of a sour taste in their mouths. They’ll be back with a vengeance this season, looking to make some more noise as they exit the Big South.