Presbyterian College gets a second chance to put its men’s basketball team on ESPNU display.
The cable network has selected the Winthrop at Presbyterian game, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, as its third Big South Wildcard broadcast of the 2020-21 season, it was announced Tuesday by the conference office. Game time will be 7 p.m.at Templeton Center.
Winthrop currently leads the Big South at 8-0, while its 11-0 overall start is the best open to a season in league history. The Eagles lead the conference in scoring (86.5), have been ranked No. 2 in the Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll for four consecutive weeks, received votes in Monday's Associated Press Top 25 poll, and are just the second team in Big South history to open a conference season 8-0 in back-to-back years. Winthrop is led by the senior tandem of Charles Falden and Chandler Vaudrin. Falden is ninth in the league with 13.2 points per game, while Vaudrin leads the Big South in both rebounding (7.5) and assists (8.3), and has two triple-doubles in 2020-21.
Presbyterian is led by freshman guard Rayshon Harrison, who is currently the Big South's top freshman scorer (16.2 points – 4th overall) and rebounder (7.2 – 3rd overall). Sophomore Owen McCormack is fifth in the conference in rebounding (6.7), and the Blue Hose are second overall in scoring defense at 68.0 points allowed. PC is 3-3 overall on the year and 1-1 in Big South games.
The match-up will mark Winthrop's 11th appearance in the Big South's ESPNU Wildcard series, while Presbyterian will make its second appearance.
The Blue Hose were scheduled to play on ESPNU on Jan. 4 at UNC Asheville, but the game was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.
This is the eighth year of the Big South's ESPNU Wildcard series, which again features six broadcasts –- Jan. 4 (at Radford 79, Hampton 66), Jan. 14 (Gardner-Webb at Radford), Jan. 19 (Winthrop at Presbyterian), Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18. All are selected 7-14 days in advance. A total of 30 games have been played in the series that began in 2013-14, and while the home teams are 21-9, the 30 games have been decided by an average of 8.4 points, with 19 of those being decided by single digits.