Ho-Hum... Winthrop in NCAA Tourney

Eagles soar to their eighth of ten Big South Tournament wins
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2008 8:00 PM CST
Winthrop's Andy Beuchert (15) goes up for a basket against the UNC Asheville defense during the Big South Conference men's championship basketball game today at UNC Asheville. Winthrop won 66 - 48 (AP...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – It’s four straight Big South tournament titles for Winthrop after they dominated UNC Asheville today, 66-48. Michael Jenkins was lights-out for the Eagles, scoring a championship game record 33 points and hitting 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, reports the AP.  Winthrop shared the regular season title with UNC Asheville, but secured the all-important home-court advantage throughout their tournament.

Despite playing against the tallest guy in college basketball, UNC Asheville’s 7-foot-7 Kenny George, Winthrop still managed to control the game inside and out.  The Eagles began the second half with a 22-10 run that quieted a standing-room-only crowd in Asheville. The win sends Winthrop to the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in 10 years.