Pat Kelsey leads Winthrop to Big South’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid

Former Elder High School standout Pat Kelsey, who played and coached at Xavier University, led the 23-1 Winthrop University Eagles to an NCAA Tournament automatic bid with an 80-53 win Sunday against Campbell in the championship game of the Big South Tournament. 

Winthrop Eagles head coach Pat Kelsey during the first half of the Duke Blue Devils game on November 29th, 2019 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC.

Winthrop also earned the conference's automatic bid last year, but the NCAA Tournament was canceled. The Eagles last played in the tournament in 2017, losing to Butler in the first round.

The school's only NCAA Tournament win came in 2007 as a No. 11 seed in the first round against Notre Dame.

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