Campbell (13-19) vs. Gardner-Webb (20-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The HTC Center (3,600) -- Conway, South Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: Campbell 8-8, Gardner-Webb 11-2. Away Record: Campbell 4-9, Gardner-Webb 7-9. Neutral Record: Campbell 1-2, Gardner-Webb 2-0. Conference Record: Campbell 7-9, Gardner-Webb 11-5. Series Record: Tied, 10-10.
GAMES NOTES: In the quarterfinal round of the Big South Conference Tournament the Campbell Camels will battle the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs at the HTC Center with a trip to the conference semifinals on the line.
Campbell survived in an overtime duel with Presbyterian in the first round to advance to Thursday's matchup. The Camels, who are the third seed out of the conference's North Division, captured the 81-73 victory after having lost its last three games to close out the regular season.
As the No. 2 seed out of the South Division, Gardner-Webb had a bye in the first round of the tourney. The Bulldogs won seven straight games to close out the regular season as they became the only team to earn at least 20 wins overall in the Big South. It is the first time the Bulldogs have ever posted 20 wins as a Division I member as they take aim at their first ever conference tourney crown.
If this matchup is anything like the meeting from earlier this season this second round tilt will be one to remember. The Bulldogs and Camels needed three overtimes to decide the contest which Campbell came out on top of with a 91-83 victory. Trey Freeman scored 24 points and handed out nine assists and Darius Leonard posted a double-double as the Camels evened the all-time series at 10 wins apiece.
Campbell was locked in an overtime battle against Presbyterian in the first round on Tuesday. The Camels let a 35-22 halftime lead slip away in the contest as they had a pair of turnovers in their last two possessions in the final 20 seconds. The Camels opened the extra session on a 10-2 run to take control as they pulled out the win.
Trey Freeman (14.4 ppg, 5.8 apg) had 22 points in the win over Gardner-Webb for his third game with at least 20 points in the last seven games. Freeman was second in the conference in assists this season while also leading the Camels in scoring. Darian Hooker (10.2 ppg) has been the only other double-digit scorer on the roster for the Camels. As a team the Camels score 69.6 points per game while shooting just under 45 percent from the field. On defense the Camels have been not been very successful with teams putting in 72.6 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting.
Gardner-Webb also took down Presbyterian in its last outing when it closed the regular season with a 76-57 win this past Saturday. Donta Harper scored 21 points to lead four players in double figures for the Bulldogs while shooting 60.4 percent from the field as a team.
Tashan Newsome (14.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg) tops the team in scoring and has scored in double figures in three straight games entering the postseason. Harper (12.9 ppg) stumbled down the stretch as he failed to score in double figures in the previous two games of he season before netting a season-high against Presbyterian. The calling card for the Bulldogs has been the defensive end where they have limited teams to 60.5 points per game on 42.3 percent shooting. Garnder-Webb also ranks among the top 50 teams in the country in steals (8.1 pg). Offensively the Bulldogs are not as potent as they rank second to last in the Big South in points scored (65.8 pg) and field-goal percentage (.423).
As long as Gardner-Webb can keep up the defensive intensity against Campbell the Bulldogs should roll into the next round.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Gardner-Webb 69, Campbell 61
03/07 10:34:34 ET