Big South Conference Tournament Semifinal
Winthrop (21-1, 17-1) vs. Longwood (12-15, 10-10)
- Time: 4:30PM PST | 6:30PM CST | 7:30PM EST
- Location: Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, SC
- TV: ESPN+
Winthrop downed High Point and Longwood took out Hampton to set up the third meeting between the Eagles and Lancers of the season.
The Eagles, who an older team that the nation is sleeping on, swept the pair from the Lancers in mid-January in Rock Hill. The Eagles won the opening game of the duo as Micheal Anumba led four players in double figures with 14. Winthrop scored 46 points in the paint and netted 17 off of 15 Longwood turnovers. The Lancers’ Justin Hill led all scorers with 15 points.
In the second game, Adonis Arms scored 15 points as the Eagles received another balanced effort in posting a 70-50 decision. The Eagles’ bench accounted for 34 points as Winthrop streaked to a 36-22 lead at the half. Micheal Anumba and DJ Burns had 12 each while the Eagles out-rebounded the Lancers, 38-27. Juan Munoz led Longwood with 15 points.
Vs. The Spread
- Longwood is 6-0 ATS in it’s last 6 games
- The UNDER has been the play for the Lancers in 10 of their last 15 games
- Longwood is 1-14 SU in it’s last 15 games
- The Eagles are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Eagles’ last 6 games
- The totals has gone UNDER in 5 of the last 6 games between Winthrop and Longwood
Last Time Out
Leslie Nkereuwem scored 18 points as four Lancers scored in double figures as they eliminated UNC Asheville, 77-61, in one of four Big South quarterfinals. Longwood shot 54 percent from the floor and netted 54 points in the paint. The Lancers scored 25 points off of 18 Bulldogs turnovers as Zac Watson finished with three steals.
Adonis Arms scored 15 points as Winthrop rolled to an easy 83-54 win over High Point. Winthrop held High Point to 30.1 percent from the floor and the Panthers made only 1-of-13 three-pointers. DJ Burns tallied 12 for the Eagles, who had 12 threes and outrebounded HPU, 53-39.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Longwood||+12.5 (-110)||+580||O 142 (-120)|
|Winthrop||-12.5 (-110)||-800||U 142 (+100)|
The Lancers went 8-2 over their last 10 game as they were the hottest team int he Big South this side of Winthrop. Longwood will play the possession game where they try to use the backcourt of Juan Munoz (12.5 ppg) and DeShaun Wade (11.5 ppg) to control the game as they are the top two leading scorers, the top two three-point producers, and they get to the line and consistently convert free throws. Justin Hill (11.5 ppg) is another small guard who produces as well as he and Munoz are the top assist men on the team with 80 and 79, respectively.
Key Lancers Stat:
Leslie Nkereuwem has scored in double figures in three of the Lancers’ last five games and needs paint touches where he can produce to make the jobs easier for Longwood’s fleet of guards. He shoots 66.1 percent from the field in 17.1 minutes per game, but only finds an average of five shots per might.
Longwood is 332nd in the NCAA in defending inside the arc as the Lancers are smallish at the four and five positions but athletic. The Eagles make 51.9 percent of their two-point shots (86th/NCAA).
Big South Player of the Year Chandler Vaudrin (12.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.8 apg) is a matchup problem for Longwood and really any other team as he is an efficient 6-7 point guard who is a consistent and efficient playmaker. Adonis Arms has come off the bench as the Eagles second leading scorer and another matchup problem with his athletic ability at small forward. Coach Pat Kelsey’s team is 11 deep and those 11 players average between 4.1 and 12.2 points.
Key Eagles Stat:
Josh Corbin has come in off the bench all season to lead the Eagles from the three-point line as he has 45 makes and shoots 44.6 percent. Longwood gives up 34.1 percent from distance, but three of the last four opponents have shot below 35 percent and the Eagles failed to make at least 30 percent of their threes in both of the regular season meetings.
Expect the Eagles to be imperially focused as the Big South is a one-bid league and even if Winthrop stubs it’s toe at 21-1, the Eagles likely will not get an NCAA bid which would be a travesty, but it’s the world we live in with college basketball as the premium is on power conference teams – even those who barely struggle to win 17 or 18 games.
Winner: Winthrop (-12.5) 77, Longwood 62