NCAA Tournament Profile: Winthrop Eagles

5-7 guard Keon Johnson keys Big South champion Winthrop. (Photo: American Sports Network)

For a while there, March just didn’t feel exactly right.

Ever since Gregg Marshall took his program-changing ways from Rock Hill, S.C., to Wichita, Kansas, one of the most familiar names on the bracket every March has been missing. And it made college basketball-carers like us a little sad.

But now, everything is back in its natural state of things, as Winthrop is back in the NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles are there for the first time since 2010, after shutting down Chris Clemons (who scored 51 to knock out UNC-Asheville!) and Campbell in the Big South championship game on Sunday.

From 1999-2010, Winthrop advanced to the Dance 10 times. They even pulled off a first-round upset over Notre Dame in 2007.

These Eagles are led by a 5-7 dynamo in senior guard Keon Johnson, who puts up 22.4 points per game. 6-8 junior Xavier Cooks is a big-time player as well, putting up 16.2 points and 9 rebounds per.

Head coach Pat Kelsey is a fiery, emotional guy, and a wonderful motivator. He’ll give the Eagles a shot to compete, even if they’re overmatched in Round 1.

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