Longwood preparing for first conference game - NBC12.com - Richmond, VA News

Longwood preparing for first conference game

Posted: Updated:
FARMVILLE, VA (WWBT) -

League games, the conference tournament, games that mean more in January and February.  These are things that many basketball teams may take for granted.  Not Longwood.

Saturday the Lancers will play in their first conference game since making the transition to Division 1 nine years ago.  Longwood hosts Coastal Carolina at 2pm.

This has been a long time coming for head coach Mike Gillian, who has told his teams to just keep playing and keep winning, and eventually a conference would take them in.  Last year, the Big South announced that it would welcome Longwood with open arms.  Now a team comprised almost entirely of players that committed without knowing whether they'd ever play a conference game, will get that opportunity.

Willett Hall only holds 1800 fans, but it has become one of the loudest venues in Virginia. Students and fans usually pack the place for games that don't have the same implications that a conference game will.  Gillian is excited to see what it will be like now.

The Hall has undergone an almost complete transformation over the past five years - new lights, new bleachers and a new floor.

The first Big South team to experience that atmosphere will be the Chanticleers Saturday.

Even though Longwood is 3-11, Gillian says the team is improving.  While they have a bright future (there's only one senior on the roster) they'd like to win now.  They'd like to give the rest of their new conference a message - just because they're the new guys, doesn't mean they'll be an easy out.

Copyright 2013 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Robinson's impact felt in minor leagues

    Robinson's impact felt in minor leagues

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:14:02 GMT
    On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers at first base, becoming the first African-American player in to appear in a Major League game. Knocking down this barrier pavedMore >>
    Tuesday marked the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, knocking down Major League Baseball's color barrier. More >>
  • Richmond runners set to return to Boston

    Richmond runners set to return to Boston

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:14:07 GMT
    Brad King and Stefan Calos are law partners in Richmond. They're also training partners and 2013 saw them run the Boston Marathon together.  Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the bombings at theMore >>
    Two law partners and training companions ran last year's Boston Marathon that ended in tragedy. Monday they'll return with the running community to make a stand.More >>
  • Squirrels drop series opener to first-place Reading

    Squirrels drop series opener to first-place Reading

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-04-15 02:21:55 GMT
    The Reading Fightin Phils (8-3) jumped out early and defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (7-5), 7-4, on Monday night at The Diamond.  The loss snapped a three-game win-streak for Richmond. Reading,More >>
    The Reading Fightin Phils (8-3) jumped out early and defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (7-5), 7-4, on Monday night at The Diamond.  The loss snapped a three-game win-streak for Richmond. Reading,More >>
Powered by WorldNow