NORFOLK, Va. – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced its women’s pairings for the 2015 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 9-14, at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
The five-time defending MEAC Tournament champion Hampton Lady Pirates will enter the tournament as the top seed after concluding the regular-season with a 14-2 mark in MEAC play.
The Lady Pirates earned the tournament’s first-round bye and will open up play on Wednesday, March 12 at noon. They will face the winner of the No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore vs. No. 9 North Carolina Central matchup slated for Tuesday, March 10 at noon.
Games will start on Monday, March 9 with No. 4 Norfolk State vs. No. 13 Delaware State at 11 a.m. and No. 5 South Carolina State vs. No. 12 Howard at 1:30 p.m.
Savannah State finished the season with a 13-3 mark to secure the number two seed and the runners-up trophy, while North Carolina A&T State earned the third seed with a 12-4 mark in MEAC play. The Lady Tigers will meet the winner of No. 7 Morgan State vs. No. 10 Coppin State on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
The Lady Aggies of North Carolina A&T State will face the winner of No. 6 Bethune-Cookman/No. 11 Florida A&M on Thursday, March 12 at 12 p.m. South Carolina State and Howard open tournament play on Monday, March 11 at 11 a.m. The Lady Bulldogs won the tiebreaker over Bethune-Cookman to secure the No. 5 spot.
The North Carolina Central Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed, for the second straight year, after posting an unblemished 16-0 conference record.
N.C. Central earned the first-round bye and will open up play on Wednesday, March 11 beginning at 6 p.m. They will face the winner of the No. 8 Bethune-Cookman/No. 9 Coppin State matchup set for Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m.
Men’s action starts on Monday with No. 5 Delaware State taking on No. 12 Savannah State beginning at 6:30 p.m. Hampton (No. 6) faces off against Morgan State (No. 11) at 9 p.m. to end the first day of competition.
Norfolk State (No. 2) earned the runners-up trophy with a 12-4 record and will face the winner of the No. 7 S.C. State vs. No. 10 North Carolina A&T State matchup scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. Maryland Eastern Shore earned the No. 3 seed, to receive a two-day bye, and will take on the winner of the No. 6 Hampton vs. No. 11 Morgan State game on Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9 slated for 9 p.m.
The 2015 regular season champion, regular season runners-up, first-team members and top honorees, including Player, Rookie, Defensive and Coach of the Year selections, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to the honorees first games in tournament play.
The 2015 regular season champion, regular season runners-up, first-team members and top honorees including Player, Rookie, Defensive and Coach of the Year selections, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to the honorees first games in tournament play.
The 2015 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips-off Monday, March 9, and will conclude on Saturday, March 14 with the men’s and women’s championship games. The women’s game will begin at 4 p.m. and will be tape-delayed on ESPNU. It will air the following day, Sunday, March 15, at 11 a.m. The men’s finale will begin at 1 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPN2. The preliminary games will also be streamed live on www.ESPN3.com.
MEAC Media Relations