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Campbell lands Big South Conference hoops tournament

The Big South Conference Council unanimously awarded the 2016 Big South men’s basketball championship to Campbell University and the 2016 women’s basketball championship to UNC Asheville.

Campbell will host the men’s event for the first time. The tournament will be held Thursday through Sunday, March 3-6, at the 3,095-seat Gilbert Craig Gore Arena in the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.

ESPN2 will televise the final live on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Big South Championship winner receives the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

“We could not be more excited about this opportunity to host the 2016 Big South men’s basketball tournament,” said Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed. “Campbell basketball is a deeply rooted tradition in North Carolina, and our location in the Research Triangle Region is ideal for hosting fans of Big South member schools. We’re ready for some March Madness on the campus of Campbell University.”

It will be the third time that all rounds of the Big South men’s basketball championship will be held in the state of North Carolina. The previous two occasions – 1999 and 2000 – the championships were contested in Asheville.