Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/3/12
Matt Dickey showed again why he's the reigning Big South Conference player of the year. Despite being hindered by a hip pointer, the senior guard had 15 points and five steals to spark UNC Asheville to its second straight berth in the NCAA Tournament with an 80-64 win over VMI in the Big South Conference championship game Saturday. After earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, the Bulldogs entered the season as the heavy favorite to win the league and they lived up to that pressure, winning the regular season title and the tournament too. UNC-Asheville has won the tournament three previous times, but never as the No. 1 seed. The fact that the senior-laden Bulldogs won on their new home court, Kimmel Arena, made this one more special. ''We've always been the underdog, so this year we really had to change our thought process because this year there was always the target on our backs,'' UNC Asheville coach Eddie Biedenbach said. The Bulldogs (24-9) only led by one at ha...
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