UNC Asheville’s Sam Hughes (31) lifts coach Nick McDevitt into the air after the Bulldogs clinched an NCAA tournament bid by winning the Big South championship over Winthrop in Buies Creek, N.C. on Sunday, March 6, 2016. UNC Asheville faces Villanova in a first-round NCAA tournament game Friday.
UNC Asheville’s Sam Hughes (31) lifts coach Nick McDevitt into the air after the Bulldogs clinched an NCAA tournament bid by winning the Big South championship over Winthrop in Buies Creek, N.C. on Sunday, March 6, 2016. UNC Asheville faces Villanova in a first-round NCAA tournament game Friday. Ben McKeown AP
UNC Asheville’s Sam Hughes (31) lifts coach Nick McDevitt into the air after the Bulldogs clinched an NCAA tournament bid by winning the Big South championship over Winthrop in Buies Creek, N.C. on Sunday, March 6, 2016. UNC Asheville faces Villanova in a first-round NCAA tournament game Friday. Ben McKeown AP

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