Game #9-283: Presbyterian Blue Hose at Coastal Carolina ChanticleersJanuary 9, 2013 7:00 pm
This non-conference season has seen its fair share of highlights with some great games and a good amount of Red Line Upsets. The good moments are what really stick with us the most, but in reality they can come few and far between. The amount of RLUs is just over 16
percent this year, so like it is with every other year, there have been plenty of guarantee game blowouts out there. Some of the matchups have been brutal to watch, especially when we are talking about the numerous scheduled non-Division I games.
The atmosphere will always be hit and miss during the non-conference season as well. Neutral-site tournaments can leave arenas with only a few people in the stands while holiday breaks slash into attendance figures and can diminish the experience of most games.
As January rolls around though, we start to see the conference season crank into full swing. The Big South was one of the last conferences below the Red Line to start league play because it had cut back to a 16-game slate. I had seen a few SoCon conference games so far this year, and will continue to do so. But a lot of my attention will be focused on the Big South schools for the rest of the season.
The one part that disappoints me is that the regular-season champion will not get the huge reward of hosting the conference tournament this year as Coastal Carolina will serve as the host for the next three years. While I am glad the tournament is so close to home for me, I still think it was a worthy reward for the regular-season champion in the past.
I missed out on getting to see the first set of Big South games this Saturday as 5-of-the-6 road teams ended up up getting wins. Road wins are always important, no matter what the conference is or who the competition might be. The Chanticleers had plenty of trouble with Longwood, but were able to come out of Farmville with a league victory.
Presbyterian is in its first year of being eligible for the Big South Tournament, but the season has not gone too well for Greg Nibert's squad. The three wins they had are all against non-DI schools while VMI was able to beat the Blue Hose on Saturday without much trouble. PC is ranked extremely low in all of the computer rankings, but I did see them play what was probably their best game in an OT loss to Jacksonville St