The Big South Championship Was One To Watch

We spoke to Commissioner James Holland about this year's event.

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As we prepare to kick off multiple conference tournaments this week, there’s one conference that already has a team with their ticket to the Big Dance punched. The Longwood Lancers are going dancing, and they secured their spot in dominating fashion this past week at the Big South Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tournament, which has been held every year since 1986, features eleven teams competing in a single-round elimination format. This year was no different, and the Lancers blazed through the competition beating the no 9. NC A&T, no 4. ranked USC Upstate, and back-to-back champion Winthrop.

ONE37pm: You guys put in so much sweat equity in the past months, how does it feel to see this turnout?

Holland: We feel fantastic! It was a lot of work, a lot of people put a ton of time in, and it came together nicely. Everybody did their part!

ONE37pm: The Longwood Lancers are going dancing. How do you feel knowing that you changed the trajectory of some of these student-athletes?

Holland: As a former coach it’s great! I know the feeling of going to the NCAA tournament as a player and winning a championship. Right now these young men are excited, but knowing that they are the first group from Longwood University to go to the March Madness tournament will be a great feeling for them ten years from now.

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