NORFOLK, Va., — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has announced its women’s pairings for the 2020 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 10-14 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. Bethune-Cookman will be the top seed after concluding the regular season with a 15-1 mark in MEAC play.
Norfolk State went 12-4 in conference play this season and will be the No. 2 seed after winning a tiebreaker over Morgan State (the two teams split the regular-season head-to-head, but the Spartans went 1-1 against league-leading B-CU to Morgan State’s 0-1 mark).
Both the Wildcats and the Spartans have earned first-round byes and will not play until the quarterfinal round on Wednesday. In all, the top six teams in the regular-season standings earned first-round byes.
Bethune-Cookman, the defending tournament champion, will play the 12 p.m. quarterfinal that day against the winner of Tuesday’s first-round contest between No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore and No. 9 Coppin State.
Norfolk State will play in the 2 p.m. quarterfinal on Wednesday, taking on the winner of Tuesday’s first-round game between No. 7 Howard and No. 10 South Carolina State.
Morgan State earned the No. 3 seed, and the Lady Bears will play the 2 p.m. quarterfinal on Thursday against No. 6 seed Delaware State. North Carolina A&T State, as the No. 4 seed, also claimed a first-round bye; the Aggies’ Thursday quarterfinal will be against No. 5 seed North Carolina Central at 12 p.m.
The 2019-20 regular-season champions, first team honorees and award winners including Player, Rookie, Defensive Player and Coach of the Year, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to the honorees’ first games in tournament play.
The 2020 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips off Tuesday, March 10, and will conclude on Saturday, March 14 with the men’s and women’s championship games. The women’s game will begin one hour after the end of the men’s game and will be shown live on ESPN3 and rebroadcast on ESPNU on Sunday, March 15, at 10 a.m.
The men’s finale will begin at 1 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPN2.