Winthrop and Morehead State both punch tickets to March Madness

Photo courtesy of the OVC.

Add two more team names to the guestlist for the NCAA tournament with Morehead State and Winthrop winning their conference tournaments.

Liberty was the first school to earn a spot in the 2021 NCAA tournament following them winning the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) by default because their opponent in todays conference final (North Alabama) was not eligible for postseason play this year.

Morehead State punched their ticket last night following an upset win over No.1 seed Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) final. Morehead entered as a No.2 seed but now sit at 23-7 (17-3 OVC) heading toward March Madness following a 27 point performance by freshman forward Johni Broome in the 86-71 win over Belmont.

Winthrop captured The Big South championship today with a convincing 80-53 win over Campbell led by a 22 point performance from DJ Burns. Winthrop coasted through The Big South with a 23-1 (17-1 BS) record capped by three wins in the conference tournament by margins of 29, 21 and 27 points.

Both Winthrop and Morehead State are going to cause a problem for whatever higher seed they’ll be matched up with in the NCAA tournament.

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