A bit of a surprise here, as your Big South winners are the Radford Highlanders. Today they knocked off the Holmes twins and VMI.
Radford is making their first appearance since 1998, when they had the pleasure of playing Duke. They got smacked around, of course, but are back for more 11 years later.
A quick rundown on them after the jump.
Location: Radford, Virginia
Record: 20-11 (15-3)
Leading Scorers: Artsiom Parakhouski (16 ppg); Kenny Thomas (14.8 ppg); Joey Lynch-Flohr (13.6 ppg)
What to Know:
- A native of Belarus, the 6'11" Parakhouski came to Radford by way of a junior college in Idaho.
- Radford has had some bad losses this season: by 20 to George Washington, 35 to West Virginia, and 22 against Wake Forest. They also lost to VMI 87-72 back in January, but responded by winning nine in a row including a revenge win against the Keydets 97-90. And then of course beat them again to clinch a tournament berth. Basically, there's improvement to be lauded here despite it being as part of a Big South conference schedule.
- They only shoot 35 percent from three point range (120th in the country). So playing from behind isn't really an option if they want to advance.
Projected Seed: 15; hey, it would be an improvement from their last appearance back in '98