Filed By Mallory Carra
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. On my first day in Charleston, I picked up a UTC media guide book, which like all the other UTC media guides here, had a mens SoCon bracket inside except mine was already filled out by someone.
I laughed about it with some fellow reporters here, like perhaps I stumbled onto one of Charlestons ghosts or I found a bracket from the future (like that baseball book from the Back to the Future trilogy). I put it in my bag, not thinking much of it.
Last night, I took another look at it. Aside from the Appalachian State-Georgia Southern game, this persons predictions came true. Who did this mystery person choose to be in the mens final?
Chattanooga and Davidson, with Davidson coming out on top.
It freaked me out a little bit.
All weekend Ive been hearing how this conference championship was pretty wide open and it was anyones title, but I guess in some ways, its been pretty predictable all along. But really, who wouldve thought top-seeded Georgia Southern would be out by the finals? (In the mystery persons bracket, Chattanooga beat Georgia Southern in the semifinals.)
I wonder if this mystery person also knew that Davidson would score 80 points against the Mocs. I guess Ill never know.
So, Ive decided to do a little bit of prognostication on my own. Here are votes for SoCon all-tournament honors:
Mens All-tournament team
Most Valuable Player: Brandan Winters, Davidson the SoCon championship game was Winters wonderland as he scored 28 points in the 80-55 win over UTC to lead the Wildcats to the SoCon title.
Kyle Hines, UNC Greensboro had with 21 points and 9 rebounds in UNCGs 64-61 TK win over Elon and 26 points with 10 rebounds in the Spartans quarterfinal 69-65 victory over Western Carolina.
D.J. Thompson, Appalachian State scored 25 points in the Mountaineers 74-61 semifinal loss to UTC and led Appalachian State with 18 in its quarterfinal victory over Georgia Southern.
Ian Johnson, Davidson had 23 points in the Wildcats 65-58 win over Elon in the semifinals.
Matt McKillop, Davidson led the Wildcats with 21 points in Davidsons 79-73 quaterfinal win over The Citadel.
Kedric Mays, UTC hit key three-pointers in all of the Mocs tournament games, including three in their 80-55 loss to Davidson in the finals.
Womens all-tournament team
Most Valuable Player: Tiffani Roberson, UTC scored 26 with 15 rebounds in the semifinals against Western Carolina.
Nicole Mattison, UTC had 12 points with four rebounds in the Lady Mocs 70-51 quarterfinal win over Furman and scored 11 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists in UTCs 77-73 win over Western Carolina in the semifinals.
Tommi Paris, Furman scored 19 in the Lady Paladins first round 66-63 win over the College of Charleston and eight points in their quarterfinal loss to UTC.
Jasmine Byrd, UNCG scored 15 with six rebounds in the Lady Spartans 69-58 semifinal victory over Davidson.
KaLeah Latham, UNCG had 17 points and eight rebounds in the Lady Spartans win over Georgia Southern.
Monique Dawson, Western Carolina scored 17 with five rebounds in the Catamounts 77-73 loss to the Lady Mocs.
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