ROCK HILL, S.C. - As the Big South Conference champions, Winthrop will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for men’s basketball.
The team will find out who and where they play in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 12 during Selection Sunday. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Coliseum with the CBS Selection Show airing at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
CBS will have a crew in the coliseum for the event. This marks the second consecutive year that the folks at CBS Sports headquarters in New York City have selected Winthrop as one of the schools that will be featured on the nationally televised program.
The conference title was secured on March 4 when the Eagles won the tournament in front of 5,076 fans at the coliseum. This is the sixth trip in eight seasons for head coach Gregg Marshall's team and its second straight season.
The Eagles, with a record of 23-7 and the top Big South tournament seed, handed second-seed Coastal Carolina University a 51-50 nail-biter loss, which was nationally televised on ESPN2. With the win, the Eagles proved themselves worthy of their pre-season honor of being the first unanimous pick in Big South history to win the league title.
After the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard, Eagle fans rushed the court to congratulate the players and the coaching staff.
Junior Torrell Martin, who led the Eagles with 10 points and grabbed six rebounds, was named the tournament MVP for the second straight year. Joining Martin on the All-Tournament squad were sophomore Chris Gaynor and junior Craig Bradshaw.
For information on tickets, visit the Eagles' website.