THE FIRST TWO conference tournaments begin Tuesday with the Big South and the Horizon getting under way. The first two bids go out on Saturday when the Atlantic Sun and Ohio Valley settle their league championships.
From today until next Thursday, March 14, the Daily News will preview conference tournaments as they start. Let the wonderful madness begin.
Regular-season champs: High Point (17-12) won the North Division and Charleston Southern (17-11) will be co-No. 1 seeds.
Big Doings: Charleston Southern would get the automatic NIT bid should it fail to win the conference tournament because it beat High Point. Charleston declined to cut down the nets after wrapping up the regular-season crown however, saying their eyes are set on winning the Big South tourney . . . High Point lost leading scorer John Brown for the rest of the season because of a foot injury he sustained last week . . . VMI senior forward Stan Okoye was the league's MVP after winning player of the week a record five times. Okoye, a 2,000-point scorer, serves as a vice president of the VMI Honor Court, which sounds like a place VMI cadets would be better off avoiding . . . The championship is Sunday.