2019 ScheduleAll times ET

2019 Schedule
12-6, 2nd in Big South
Savoy connects with Mann on alley-oop (0:18)
Vassell's dunk gives FSU 5-point lead (0:19)
FSU's Cofer nails 3-pointer and draws foul (0:24)
Montgomery flushes fast-break alley-oop for Kentucky (0:19)
Kentucky's Richards' vicious block leads to transition 3 (0:38)

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Radford beats Winthrop and will advance to the Big South Championship game on Sunday - ESPN 1pm ET. Radford was picked seventh in the preseason polls. They will play the winner of UNC-Asheville vs Liberty. Amazing job done by Mike Jones who was named Big South coach the year.

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Covered the Big South Conference this year and looking forward to the championship game on ESPN Sunday 1pm. Congratulations to this talented group! Player of the Year-Xavier Cooks, Sr. Winthrop, Freshman of the Year-Carlik Jones, Radford, Defensive Player of the Year- Ahmad Thomas, Sr. UNC Asheville Coach of the Year- Mike Jones, Radford, Scholar-Athlete of the Year Kevin Vannatta, Sr. UNC Asheville

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Winthrop travels to UNC Asheville tonight. The two best offensive teams in The Big South Conference will meet up and battle it out for first place. ESPNU at 7pm EST.

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Pat Kelsey keeping us loose before the game. The rivalry continues. Asheville at Winthrop - tonight 9pm on ESPNU

Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting 

Liberty wins at Winthrop for the first time since 2004. The Flames were strong on the offensive glass and from the free throw line. That's three in a row for Ritchie McKay's team in the Big South.

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Is Deng Adel NBA-ready? Can Jack White emerge?

Some sixty-eight Australian student-athletes are preparing to help their schools achieve ultimate success in the newly tipped-off college basketball season. Here are five Australian storylines to which we think you should pay most attention this season.

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Huskers add prep star Thomas, transfer Okeke

Guard Thomas Allen of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and graduate transfer guard Duby Okeke of Winthrop have signed letters of intent with Nebraska.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

This could be very interesting for UMass and Pat Kelsey. Read this statement from AD Ryan Bamford: "The Memorandum of Understanding has a buy-out clause. It doesn't speak to specific jobs. It just speaks to his responsibility to buy the contract out once he has executed that agreement. For the first two years of the execution, it is $1 million. We have to work through that piece."

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

UMass announces Pat Kelsey asked out of his agreement at 3:30 p.m. Kelsey said in a statement that he asked out due to personal reasons. He said this decision was personal, nothing to do with UMass. He apologized in the statement. Kelsey was on campus Wednesday. Kelsey's photo is still the background on the UMass basketball twitter page. UMass released him, but the statement from AD Ryan Bamford said the school is still figuring out how this "impacts the executed Memorandum of Understanding." UMass will renew its search for a coach.

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Kelsey backs out at UMass two days after hire

Pat Kelsey has decided not to take the UMass job, citing "personal reasons" for his decision. He instead will return as coach of Winthrop.

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UMass names Winthrop's Kelsey new coach

UMass has named Winthrop's Pat Kelsey as its new head coach after Derek Kellogg was fired earlier this month.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

UMass has hired Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey, sources told ESPN. Heck of a move by athletic director Ryan Bamford.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler guard Kamar Baldwin talks about his approach to stopping Winthrop standout guard Keon Johnson, who scored 17 points but needed 19 shots. Baldwin's length caused the 5-foot-7 Johnson problems, and Butler's offense was exceptionally well balanced. Eight players scored at least five points.

John Gasaway ESPN Insider 

Soon it will be time to start talking about Avery Woodson in the same awed zero-turnover terms we've been reserving for Monte Morris. The Butler senior scored 18 points to go with his usual zero giveaways in the Bulldogs' 76-64 win over Winthrop. For the season as a whole Woodson has committed just 10 turnovers.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 4 seed Butler led from start to finish in a 76-64 victory against No. 13 seed Winthrop in a first round NCAA tournament game. Butler advances to play the Minnesota/Middle Tennessee State winner on Saturday. The Bulldogs' length was simply too much for the Eagles, who missed out on a chance to spring the first upset of the big dance this year. Butler has such good scoring balance and can beat opponents inside and out. The Bulldogs have a great shot to reach the Sweet 16. Last time that happened? Back in 2011, when Butler reached its second consecutive national championship game.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Winthrop's contingent of fans has had plenty of reason to stand and cheer in this second half against Butler. Led by guard Keon Johnson, the Eagles quickly cut their deficit in half, from 14 to seven. The energy in the building has shifted, with other teams' fans jumping on the Winthrop bandwagon.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler kept Winthrop at a distance for most of the first half to take a 41-27 lead at the break. Winthrop's Xavier Cooks (pictured) scored on this drive to the basket as the halftime buzzer sounded. He paced Winthrop with 11 points. Butler's Avery Woodson drilled five 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 15 points.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler guard Avery Woodson opened the game on fire, burying three 3-pointers before the first media timeout against Winthrop. Woodson, a graduate transfer from Memphis, entered as the Bulldogs' best 3-point shooter (41.7 percent this season). Butler's Kamar Baldwin also has been a defensive pest on Winthrop's undersized superstar Keon Johnson.

Team Stats

Points Per Game86.4
Rebounds Per Game41.4
Assists Per Game15.7
Points Allowed77.9308th

Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record1-10
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances10