Tag Archives: Radford

Big South Championship Features an All-Virginia Match-Up

Jones, Carlik
Carlik Jones and Radford will look to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 with a win over Liberty. (Source: Radford Men’s Basketball) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

RADFORD, Va. — Sunday will have an instate rivalry theme to it when it comes to conference tournament championships.

In the Missouri Valley Conference title game, its am all-Illinois affair. The Loyola (IL) Ramblers, who won the regular season title, take on the Illinois State Redbirds for an automatic berth into the Big Dance.

A total of four bids will be secured on Sunday afternoon, as the Big Ten and Atlantic Sun will also crown champions before the day is out.

Kicking off the festivities on Sunday is the Big South Conference, and an all-Virginia match-up will decide who advances to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Liberty Flames, who came into the tournament as the fifth seed, head to Radford, VA to take on the Radford Highlanders, who were seeded second in the field.

Another installment of the Commonwealth Rivalry goes down inside the Dedmon Center at 1:00pm EST on Sunday. Here’s how each team got to the championship pairing. Continue reading Big South Championship Features an All-Virginia Match-Up

Liberty Faces Top-Seed UNC Asheville in Big South Tournament Semi-Finals

James, Scottie (3)
Scottie James and the Liberty Flames will look to pick up their second win of the season inside Kimmel Arena on Friday night when they face the top-seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the semi-finals of the Big South Tournament. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

March is now in full swing, which means post-season basketball is upon us. Conference tournaments have begun across the country, and teams are looking to build some momentum and advance to a post-season tournament. Every team has their sights set on the NCAA Tournament, and winning their conference tournament would guarantee them a spot in the field of 68.

On Friday night, the Big South Conference will have its semi-finals games take place inside Kimmel Arena in Asheville, North Carolina. Three of the top four seeds still remain, along with the fifth-seed Liberty Flames. The first of two semi-final games has the Radford Highlanders taking on the Winthrop Eagles.

In the second semi-final, the Flames square off against the top-seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs, who won the Big South regular season title by a game over both Radford and Winthrop. Continue reading Liberty Faces Top-Seed UNC Asheville in Big South Tournament Semi-Finals

Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Radford Highlanders

Cabbil, Lovell (4)
Lovell Cabbil has recorded double digit points in three straight games, and will look to lead Liberty to a road win over first-place Radford on Monday night. (Source: Sports Chat Place) (Header: Radford News Journal)

RADFORD, Va. — The Big South Conference is shaping up to be an exciting race to the finish in 2017-18.

Entering Monday’s action, every team in the conference has at least one win and at least one loss. Three games separate the teams at 1-4 from the ones at 4-1. The level of parity in the league has fans excited for the rest of the season, and any one of a handful of teams could realistically win the conference title and punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

On Monday, the Liberty Flames and Radford Highlanders are set to do battle in a game that features two of the top contenders for the conference title. The Highlanders come into the day in a tie for first place, while the Flames are just a game behind and are nipping at their heels.

A win for either team would assert them as arguably the top threat in the conference through six games. Radford wants to hold down home court, while the Flames want to pick up a road win and make a statement. Both are coming off losses in their previous outings, so they would like to start new winning streaks with a win.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s tilt between Liberty and Radford.

Continue reading Liberty Basketball: Previewing the Radford Highlanders

Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

Jordon Varnado (23) helped to lead the Troy Trojans to the NCAA Tournament last season, and will look to make it back-to-back appearances in 2017-18. (Header Source: Zane Najdawl on Twitter)

CANMORE, Alta. –With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior forwards in the NCAA, the list of talented players goes on and on. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-caliber players off the list. But, we did our best, as we felt that there some players that fans should already know about.

Take a look below at ten junior forwards who we feel will become a household name in 2017-18.

*Note: The likes of Mike Daum, Jarrell Brantley, Devontae Cacok, Evan Boudreaux and Wyatt Walker didn’t make the list, as we feel that people should already know who they are by this point in their respective careers.*

Continue reading Non-Power Five Forwards who will be Household Names in 2017-18: Juniors

College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big South

Sophomore guard Chris Clemons is already among the conference's elite, and is knocking on the door for Conference Player of the Year in 2016-17. (Source: Campbell Athletics)
Sophomore guard Chris Clemons is already among the conference’s elite, and is knocking on the door for Conference Player of the Year in 2016-17. (Source: Campbell Athletics)

With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.

The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!

Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.

Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.

Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.

Below, you can find the All-Conference Teams and Conference Player of the Year for the Big South Conference. Continue reading College Court Report Preseason All-Conference Teams: Big South

RECAP: Coastal Carolina Extends Winning Streak to 7 With 72-60 Victory over Radford

Elijah Wilson scored a team-high 19 points, helping to lead Coastal Carolina to the 72-60 win over the Radford Highlanders, extending their winning streak to 7 games in the process. (Source: Associated Press)
Elijah Wilson scored a team-high 19 points, helping to lead Coastal Carolina to the 72-60 win over the Radford Highlanders, extending their winning streak to 7 games in the process. (Source: Associated Press)

The 2015-16 season is the last in the Big South Conference for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, who will make the move to the Sun Belt Conference for the 2016-17 season and beyond. Coastal Carolina has won back-to-back conference titles, and are looking to complete the hat trick before moving to their new home.

After a sluggish start to conference play, the Chanticleers have started to turn things around. Coming into Saturday afternoon’s tilt with the Radford Highlanders, the Chanticleers had won their previous six outings in a row, and were making a move up the Big South standings.

Back in December, the Chanticleers took down the Highlanders in Conway, SC, and were looking to complete the season sweep in Radford, VA. The Highlanders were looking to get back on the right track, having lost in their previous outing to the Winthrop Eagles.

On Saturday, the Chanticleers would pull away in the second half to complete the season sweep of the Radford Highlanders. Elijah Wilson scored a team-high 19 points, and Coastal Carolina came away with the 72-60 win to push their win streak to a season-high 7 games. Continue reading RECAP: Coastal Carolina Extends Winning Streak to 7 With 72-60 Victory over Radford