Winthrop's Charles Corbin was named Big South Conference Freshman of the Week after averaging 14 points, 5.5 rebounds and shooting 66 percent in wins over Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern.
Those were Corbin's best back-to-back efforts of the season and might have put him into the picture for the league's freshman of the year award.
Winthrop has had just two winners of the award -- Tyson Waterman in 1996 and Tyrone Walker in 2001. Senior Chris Gaynor was the last Eagle to make the all-freshman team (2005).
The 6-foot-7 Corbin has played in all 21 games with 16 starts and averaged 7.3 points and four rebounds, shot 47 percent and played 21.6 minutes per game. His play has been instrumental in the Eagles' 5-1 conference and 14-7 records, although fellow freshman George Valentine and junior college transfer Andy Buchert have shared minutes with Corbin at the center spot.
There appear to be four other challengers for top freshman -- Charleston Southern's Jamarco Warren and Omar Carter, Coastal Carolina's Anthony Breeze and UNC Asheville's John Williams.
Warren (14.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 29.4 minutes per game), a 5-10 point guard, has 19 starts in 21 games and Carter (14.4 points, six rebounds, 26.8 minutes), a 6-5 forward, has 14 starts in 21 games, but the Bucs are well under .500.
Breeze (9.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 20.9 minutes), a 6-5 post player, has played 19 games with six starts. The Chants are also under .500.
Williams (6.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 20.9 minutes), a 6-4 guard-forward, has come off the bench in all of the Bulldogs' 21 games. He also has 33 blocks for the first-place Bulldogs.
That could be the all-freshman five.
VMI's Austin Kenon, who was averaging 12.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and had 10 starts in 16 games, would have been in the mix, but he was suspended for the season for a violation of team rules.
• BIG ONES FALL: This season, the Big South has already seen VMI's Reggie Williams become the league's all-time leading scorer, but that's not the only big record that could fall.
High Point's Arizona Reid (894) is second on the all-time rebound list and needs 61 more to past Campbell's Joe Spinks (954), who set the mark from 1990-94.
Gaynor, who has 224 career steals and 518 career assists, is poised to break those marks. Coastal Carolina's Robert Dowdell (561) owns the assists record and Campbell's Brad Childress (243) has the steals record.
Coastal Carolina's Jack Leasure has 372 career 3-pointers and needs just 30 more to break Doug Day's (401) mark.
• HOW THEY'RE DOING: The preseason all-Big South team included Reid, Williams, Gaynor, Leasure and Winthrop's Michael Jenkins.
Williams, Reid and Jenkins were first-team picks and Leasure was a second-team selection last year. Gaynor, a four-year starter for the Eagles, has never made the first or second all-league team.
Williams leads the league in scoring (27.3) and is second in rebounding (9.6), while Reid is second in scoring (23.7) and tops in rebounding (11.2). Leasure is sixth in scoring (15.4) and tops in 3-point percentage (.453). Gaynor is 25th in scoring (10.0), sixth in assists (4.3), tops in steals (2.95) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.68). Jenkins is 13th in scoring (14.2), 14th in assists (2.7).
UNC Asheville's Bryan Smithson, K.J. Garland and Kenny George, Liberty's Alex McLean, High Point's Mike Jefferson and VMI's Chavis and Travis Holmes will also be in the running when the votes are taken later this month.
• BAUCOM SIDELINED: VMI coach Duggar Baucom will be sidelined for an undetermined period after having surgery for gallstones on Thursday.
Baucom began having abdominal pain before the Keydets' afternoon practice on Jan. 27 and was hospitalized. He missed a Jan. 28 home game with Liberty as doctors conducted tests to find the cause.
The Keydets play at High Point on Saturday, and it's not known if Baucom will be able to make the trip. If not, associate head coach Daniel Willis will run the team.
• HOME TEAM: There's no doubt Liberty is a different team at home than on the road. Coach Ritchie McKay's Flames are the only team in the league with a perfect mark at home (10-0).
The Flames must like the baskets at home. They're shooting 46 percent overall, but almost 52 percent at home.
But here are some interesting numbers from the Flames' six league games. They've made 70-of-153 shots (45 percent) and 70-of-153 shots on the road. They've made 35-of-87 3-pointers on the road (40 percent) and 29-of-71 at home (40 percent).
• 3-POINTERS: UNC Asheville is up to 15th in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. Winthrop had 12 points in the poll, which would leave the Eagles tied for 35th. ... Winthrop is No. 101 in the latest Collegerpi.com ratings and UNCA is 107. ... In the Sagarin Ratings, Winthrop is No. 91, UNCA 104. ... Saturday's 1 p.m. Charleston Southern at Coastal Carolina game will be televised by SportSouth (cable channel 32 in Rock Hill). ... Winthrop's 4:30 p.m. game at UNC Asheville can be seen on the Web at BigSouthsports.com's The Edge for $4.95. ... Reggie Williams missed his second straight game on Jan. 28 with a leg injury suffered prior to the Winthrop game. No word on when he'll return.