Big South still a good league without Curry

Staff WriterMarch 28, 2009 

Seth Curry, the leading freshman scorer in the country this season for the Liberty Flames of the Big South, says he wants to play in a "higher rated conference."

I don't know where Curry will go or whether he will hold a grudge against the schools that failed to recruit him or his older brother, Stephen.

But his decision should not be construed as a slap at the Big South. The conference has a lot going for it.

Although Radford was blown out by North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament last week, the Highlanders have talent and should be very good again next season. There is no way to replicate the pace at which the Tar Heels play except by playing it. I spent time around Radford. The team enjoyed the experience, did everything right until the game began and will grow because of it.

Winthrop became an NCAA Tournament regular under Gregg Marshall. As an 11 seed two years ago, the Eagles upset Notre Dame in the first round. Didn't feel like an upset, however. Winthrop was better.

The conference has 10 schools split as evenly as they can be among North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The geography and proximity creates interesting and intense rivalries.

If I'm Seth Curry, and I have one chance to get as much as I can out of my sport, I probably transfer, too. But let's not dismiss the Big South as a starter conference. It will be fine.

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