The eighth-seeded Panthers (13-17) won their first-round game on Monday night over ninth-seeded Gardner-Webb, 68-58, allowing them to advance to the quarterfinals of the championship at Kimmel Arena. The Bulldogs, the top seed in the tournament, host High Point Wednesday night at 6 p.m.
In the other first-round game, seventh-seeded VMI held off 10th-seeded Radford, 55-53. The Keydets advance to Wednesday's quarterfinal game against second-seeded Coastal Carolina at Noon.
Asheville knocked off High Point in 2010 quarterfinals, 84-73 at Justice Center. The Bulldogs downed the Panthers, 62-45 in the semifinals last year at Coastal Carolina.
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Pairings for the 2012 Advance Auto Parts Big South Conference Championship
Quarterfinals - Wednesday, Feb. 29 (at Kimmel Arena, Asheville, N.C.) - all games available on Big South Network
Game 3: No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 7 VMIr, 12:00pm ET
Game 4: No. 3 Campbell vs. No. 6 Winthrop, 2:00pm ET
Game 5: No. 1 UNC Asheville hosts High Point, 6:00pm ET
Game 6: No. 4 Charleston Southern vs. No. 5 Liberty, 8:00pm ET
Semifinals - Thursday, March 1 (at Kimmel Arena, Asheville, N.C.)
Game 7: Semifinals - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 6:00pm ET; TV: ESPNU
Game 8: Semifinals - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 8:00pm ET; TV: ESPNU
Championship - Saturday, March 3 (at highest remaining seed)
Game 9: Championship - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 12:00pm ET; TV: ESPN2