CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Through the completion of the Big South Conference winter sports season, Liberty University remains in first-place for the League's 2011-12 George F. "Buddy" Sasser Cup Trophy. The Flames have accumulated 139.5 points in 10 sports for a Conference-best 13.95 average, up from its fall season average of 13.58. High Point remains second in the overall standings with its average of 11.00 (99 points in nine sports), while Winthrop remains in third-place at 9.50 (85.5 points in nine sports).
Boosted by championships in men's and women's indoor track & field, plus the regular-season and tournament championship in women's basketball, Liberty has now won or shared six Conference titles during the 2011-12 season, including fall championships in men's cross country, men's soccer and volleyball. The Flames have won the last four Sasser Cups and are looking to become the first Big South member institution to claim five consecutive trophies.
Campbell is in fourth-place in the Sasser Cup standings with its average of 9.47 (85.25 points in nine sports). Coastal Carolina and Radford flipped positions from the fall season. Coastal moved into fifth at 8.97 (80.75 points in nine sports), while Radford dropped to sixth with its 8.75 average (78.75 in nine sports). Charleston Southern jumped from 11th into seventh with its 7.69 average (69.25 points in nine sports), while UNC Asheville is eighth at 7.44 (67 points in nine sports). VMI (6.44 average; 51.5 points in eight sports), Gardner-Webb (5.93; 59.25 points in 10 sports) and Presbyterian College (4.46; 26.75 in six eligible sports) round out the standings.
In addition to the overall lead, Liberty maintained its top position in both the Women's and Men's All-Sports Award races. The Flames improved their Women's All-Sports average to 15.30 and have a commanding lead over second-place High Point (11.20) and Winthrop (10.40). The Panthers were fifth in the Women's All-Sports race following the fall season. Liberty owns a League-leading 12.60 average on the men's side, ahead of High Point (10.75) and Coastal Carolina (10.69).
The Sasser Cup Trophy is named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser and is awarded to the Big South member institution with the most successful year athletically, based on a points and ratio system. Points are awarded for both regular-season and tournament finishes in each of the League's 18 championships, based on the number of teams participating in the regular-season and tournament, respectively. A school must be eligible to participate in a specific sport championship to receive Sasser Cup points in that sport. There is a weighted factor of 1.5 points for those sports that only participate in regular-season play (football) or a tournament (cross country, track, golf), but not both. Teams tied in regular-season or tournament play split the points earned. Each member's point totals are then divided by the number of sports sponsored by that school to determine the average.
The current 2011-12 Sasser Cup and Women's and Men's All-Sports standings appear below.
|RK||2011-12 SASSER CUP STANDINGS||AVG|
|2.||High Point|| ||11.00|
|5.||Coastal Carolina|| ||8.97|
|7.||Charleston Southern|| ||7.69|
|8.||UNC Asheville|| ||7.44|
|11.||Presbyterian College|| ||4.46|
2011 MEN'S ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS
|2.||High Point|| ||10.75|
|3.||Coastal Carolina|| ||10.69|
|6.||UNC Asheville|| ||8.13|
|7.||Charleston Southern|| ||7.94|
|11.||Presbyterian College|| ||4.42|
|RK||2011-12 WOMEN'S ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS||AVG|
|2.||High Point|| ||11.20|
|6.||Coastal Carolina|| ||7.60|
|7.||Charleston Southern|| ||7.50|
|8.||UNC Asheville|| ||6.90|
|11.||Presbyterian College|| ||4.50|