After starting the season 0-8, even the players of Liberty couldn't have imagined this.
The Liberty Flames won their fourth straight tournament game, topping Charleston Southern, 87-76, to capture the Big South tourney and punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament.
Liberty beat Coastal Carolina, High Point and Gardner-Webb to reach the final and achieve the dream. The 15-20 Flames were 6-10 in conference play, but put it all together when it counted.
It's Liberty's third trip to the NCAA tournament and first since 2004.
Next up: Missouri Valley conference final, Creighton vs. Wichita State, underway at 2:05 pm EDT.
At 4:00 pm EDT, Michigan hosts Indiana in a contest that will determine the Big Ten regular season title.