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Jeff Eisenberg

Big South Tournament: Coastal Carolina targets NCAA bid

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Believe it or not, the Big South, Horizon and Ohio Valley conference tournaments tip Tuesday night, kicking off a 12-day mad scramble for NCAA tournament berths. We're previewing all the conference tournaments the next 10 days, beginning with the Big South:

Big South Tournament

Date: March 2, 4, 6

Site: Quarters at higher seeds, semis, finals at Coastal Carolina

No. 1 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 8 VMI
No. 4 UNC Asheville vs. No. 5 High Point
No. 3 Winthrop vs. No. 6 Liberty
No. 2 Radford vs. No. 7 Charleston Southern

Favorite: Coastal Carolina (26-5, 15-3)

Contenders: Radford (18-11, 13-5), Winthrop (16-13, 12-6)

Did you know: Host Coastal Carolina's gym seats only 1,039 people, the second smallest in the nation behind only Charleston Southern.

Outlook: After breaking the school record for victories and capturing its first league in nearly two decades, Coastal Carolina is now seeking its first NCAA tournament berth since 1993. The Chanticleers will be tough to beat at home, but if there's a team capable of pulling the upset, it's probably Radford. The Highlanders, winners of seven of eight to close the season, are the only Big South team to defeat Coastal Carolina on its home floor this season.

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