Tournament Central

An unforgettable regular season led to an unforgettable postseason—men's and women's basketball teams' appearance in their first-ever NCAA Tournament.



Our historic seasons come to an end with hard-fought losses in the first rounds of the NCAA Tournament–but for the teams that have been buoyed all year by packed houses in Willett Hall, the Longwood pride has grown to unbelievable levels.

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Longwood women's basketball team huddled after a game against NC State in the NCAA Tournament

Storied Season Ends For Women At No. 1 Seed N.C. State

When Longwood's historic women's basketball season reached the end of the road here on Saturday, there was a proud salute from fans who had watched with admiration and pride as the Lancers kept pace with ACC Champion NC State on its home court. Read More »

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Lancers vs Tennessee Basketball Game in the NCAA Tournament

End Of The Road: Men's Team Falls To Tennessee 88-56 In NCAA Tournament

It was a magical journey Lancer Nation will never forget. The end came Thursday without the Cinderella upset Longwood fans dared to hope for — but heads held high. Beating No. 3 seed and SEC champion Tennessee would have taken a perfect game by Longwood and luck with their opponent. Read More »

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A Look at Longwood & Lancer Basketball

(in case you didn't already know)

  1. Empowerment
    Women's Head Coach Rebecca Tillett is all about empowering young women, both on and off the court. She regularly brings in strong women from all walks of life–from entrepreneurs to teachers–who inspire the women on her team. She’s an advocate for women’s basketball across the country to have access to equal resources and facilities equal to those of their male counterparts.

  2. A Unique Journey
    Men's fourth-year Head Coach Griff Aldrich has led one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball. He’s also got one of the most unusual personal stories you’ll hear in the game.

  3. Poise Under Fire
    If there’s one thing that’s defined men's basketball this season, it’s their determination to win in the final minutes. Nine times in 15 Big South regular-season games they were down in the second half. This might be the best team in the country at closing out close games.

  1. Finger-waggle
    Women's Big South Player of the Year Akila Smith is third in the country in blocks. She has broken her own school record for blocks each of the last three seasons.

  2. A Venerable Institution
    Longwood may be a new star on the college basketball scene, but it’s one of America’s hundred-oldest colleges, with an idyllic campus and devoted alumni. Here’s everything you need to know about Longwood.

  3. The Heart of Virginia
    Longwood’s home town, Farmville, may not be what you picture from the name. Instead, it’s a proud, charming and historic two-college town that has no doubt rallied to the Lancers this year.

  4. Home-Court Advantage
    Longwood was 16-1 in Willett Hall this season as students “Packed the Hall” as never before. After next year, Longwood basketball moves into the new Joan Perry Brock Convocation Center.


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The Journey Here

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Head Coach Griff Aldrich cutting down the net


We're Dancing! Lancers Claim Big South Title

Lancer Nation let out a roar from Charlotte to The Ville, across Southside and all Virginia and far beyond. Justin Hill had a smile wider than High Bridge. Courtside afterward, players' moms and dads and even a few alums shed tears of joy. Head Coach Griff Aldrich and President Reveley, who took a huge chance and brought Aldrich to Farmville four years ago, embraced for nearly a full minute.


Coach Tillett getting soaked by her players after the Big South Championship win


Dancing Double: Lancer Women Punch Their Own Ticket To March Madness

By mid-afternoon, Sunday was already the greatest day in Longwood basketball history. By midnight—8 hours and one more dominant Big South championship game victory later—it was twice as good. Get ready for a busy March, Lancer Nation. Your women's basketball team is also headed to its first-ever NCAA Division I Tournament.


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