CHARLOTTE, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announces the brackets for its 2022 Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament. The single-elimination tournament will be held in Royal Farms Arena February 22-26. Championship games will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. for the women followed by the men at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. Each bracket is seeded 1 through 12 based on conference winning percentage.
Lincoln (PA) solidified the women’s Northern Division title and the top seed overall with a win over Virginia State on Saturday, finishing the regular season with a 12-4 conference record.
At 11-5 in conference play, Elizabeth City State receives the no. 2 seed after Saturday’s win over Bowie State, who will be the no. 3 seed. The Bulldogs were seeded ahead of no. 4 seed and Southern Division champion Johnson C. Smith and no. 5 seed Fayetteville State after defeating both during the regular season. As a reminder, the conference’s tiebreaker for seeding is as follows: head-to-head competition, head-to-head point differential, divisional winning percentage, and a coin toss. The top four seeds will each have a bye in the opening round.
Shaw comes in at no. 6, and despite identical conference records, Virginia Union is the no. 7 seed after defeating no. 8 seed Winston-Salem State head-to-head earlier this season. No. 9 Saint Augustine’s, no. 10 Claflin, no. 11 Virginia State, and no. 12 Livingstone round out the rest of the women’s field.
The Women’s Tournament will tip-off Tuesday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. with Fayetteville State vs. Livingstone. Other women’s contests on Tuesday include: 12:10 p.m. Claflin vs. Virginia Union, 2:20 p.m. Winston-Salem State vs. Saint Augustine’s, and 4:30 p.m. Shaw vs. Virginia State. In the quarterfinals, Lincoln (PA) will await the WSSU/SAU winner for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday while Elizabeth City State will take on the Claflin/VUU winner for their 4:30 p.m. contest. On Thursday, Johnson C. Smith will play the FSU/Livingstone winner at 12:00 p.m. while the winner between VSU and Shaw will advance to face Bowie State at 2:00 p.m.
In the men’s field, Fayetteville State takes the top seed after winning the head-to-head tie-breaker over Northern Division champion Virginia Union, who like FSU finished with a 13-3 conference record to claim the no. 2 overall seed. FSU and VUU are followed by no. 3 and Southern Division champion Winston-Salem State and no. 4 Lincoln who close out the regular season at 12-4 and 11-5, respectively. Each will receive a bye in the opening round as a top-four seed.
Livingstone comes in at no. 5 with a 10-6 record in league play followed by Shaw, Virginia Union, and Winston-Salem State. Claflin, Bowie State, Saint Augustine’s, and Johnson C. Smith make up seeds 9 through 12, respectively.
The Men’s Tournament will tip-off Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. with Virginia State vs. Claflin followed by Elizabeth City State vs. Bowie State at 8:50 p.m. Men’s quarterfinal action will begin on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. with Saint Augustine’s taking on Shaw followed by Johnson C. Smith vs. Livingstone at 12:10 p.m. Fayetteville State will play the CU/VSU winner at 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday and Virginia Union will face the winner of Bowie State vs. Elizabeth City State at 8:50 p.m. The quarterfinals continue on Thursday as Lincoln (PA) takes on the Johnson C. Smith/Livingstone winner at 6:00 p.m. while Winston-Salem State takes on the winner of Shaw and Saint Augustine’s at 8 p.m.
All 22 games will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ (https://plus.espn.com/) with the championship games also being shown on ESPNU. Radio coverage of all the games will be provided by Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN) and can be found HERE.