Fuck you VMI. You almost had us going there, beating third-seed Liberty by 1, and then beating the second seed High Point by 10. And giving Winthrop a game down to the last nine seconds. And having us all believe you could be one of those tournament teams that came out of nowhere. But in the end your pathetic defense did you in. Winthrop beat VMI 84-81, going to the big dance for the seventh time in nine years and for the third straight year. The Eagles were lead by Torrell Martin, who scored 17 points. VMI was lead by Travis Holmes, who scored 29 points; that led all players on the floor. He made 6 out of 9 threes in the game. The Big South tournament team-Craig Bradshaw (MVP) (Winthrop), Michael Jenkins (Winthrop), Travis Holmes (VMI), Reggie Williams (VMI), K.J. Garland (UNC Asheville), and Eugene Harris (High Point).
I guess the Big South puts six players on their tourny team.
Some advice for VMI for next season-put a player or two on the line when your guys are shooting free throws. That is…well…stupid for you to just leave four opposing players on the floor like that. You never know when your shooter might miss the basket and you’ll get a rebound. OMG!!!!1!1!!1! And, you know, play defense once in a while.
For Winthrop-stop shooting up three’s because the other team is. Most of the time you won’t make it. You’re very good inside, use that to your advantage. And don’t start believing all the hype everyone and their mother is throwing at you. You’re good, but you ain’t Florida good. There is another week and a half before you’ll play again and their will be plenty of people who says that you can win a game in the tourny. Don’t let it get inside your head. Hopefully the officials won’t screw you over this year.* And to my current-soon-to-be-former fellow students-the tournament was at home! Act like it. Make some noise. The VMI fans was louder than you at times.
Okay, that ends SA’s Advice for Teams segment. Time for the All-Big South MVP Hottie. There was no Winthrop representatives on the All-Conference team. So I had to go back and look through all the pictures of the Winthrop team again. Tough break for me. Real tough. He had a good tournament and was selected on the All-Tournament team. Michael Jenkins, you’re the All-Big South Hottie MVP. Relish it.
*Sorry Holly. Tennessee walked on the final play of the game. The shooter took four steps before throwing the ball up to the basket. It was clear while play was going on, much less on the replay.