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Gardner-Webb earns first-ever spot in NCAA tournament

The Runnin’ Bulldogs took down No. 2 seed Radford 76-65 on the road to win the championship and secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Gardner-Webb University is headed to their first ever NCAA tournament. The Runnin’ Bulldogs won the Big South Championship to punch a ticket to the tournament on Sunday. It was Gardner-Webb’s first appearance in the Big South Championship since joining the conference in 2008.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs took down No. 2 seed Radford 76-65 on the road to win the championship and secure a spot in the NCAA tournament. 

They also defeated top seeded Campbell on the road in the semifinals.

The NCAA selection show is next Sunday, March 17th at 6PM.  

The Runnin’ Bulldogs had a big crowd waiting for them back home. It's spring break, but the fans still showed up.

Even the mayor came out to congratulate the team. Bill Ellis, Mayor of Boiling Springs, actually played basketball at Gardner-Webb in the '70s.