What is Radford Madness? Do you even know? For those of you that don’t know, The Big South Conference is holding an annual men’s basketball competition where the winner of the championship game gets an automatic bid to play in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which may then lead them to the possibility of winning a championship for their team, for their school, and for themselves.
Eleven schools make up the conference: Radford, Campbell, Gardner-Webb, Hampton, High Point, Longwood, Presbyterian, Charleston Southern, UNC Asheville, Winthrop, and SC Upstate.
In 2018, Radford made it to what they call an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, losing against Villanova in the first round of the Final Four.
Even though they lost against Gardner-Webb this year on senior day, 70-62, the Radford men’s basketball team has still claimed the No. 1 seed for the Hercules Tires Big South Championship. The tournament began today, March 5th and lasts through the 8th.
For some players this will be their last ride.
Travis Fields, a senior here at Radford, is a player that will do anything for his team and for Radford as a whole, and he wants to bring wins to the university.
Fields averaged 13.0 points per game this season, and is doing everything he can to bring home a championship to his school. With this being his last ride he says “It’s bitter sweet. It’s the last time I’m around the fans, and my brothers. But it’s also exciting as well.”
Fields scored 22 points last game, leading in scoring, followed by Carlik Jones with 15 points, then Devonte Holland with 12 points, and Devine Eke with 6 points.
Fields stated that a lot of games they win by a lower margin of points simply by letting their emotions get the best of them.
In preparation for the Big South Tournament; the team plans to improve more on keeping their head straight, making stops on defense, as well as not letting things get to them while they are on the court.
More importantly, Fields says the team will “continue to play Radford ball.”
The Highlander’s will host the RU quarterfinal Thursday night at 6 pm at the Dedmon Center. Admission is free for students. Tickets can also be purchased online or at the door.