The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its men's pairings for the 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 10-15, at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The North Carolina Central Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed after posting a conference record of 15-1.
North Carolina Central sealed the regular season title and the top seed with a 64-57 overtime win over Savannah State on Monday, March 3. The title is the first for the Eagles menâ€™s basketball program at the Division I level.
NCCU earned the first-round bye and will open up play on Wednesday, March 12 beginning at 6 p.m. They will face the winner of the No. 8 Howard/No. 9 North Carolina A&T State matchup set for Tuesday, March 11 at 4 p.m.
Menâ€™s action starts on Monday with No. 4 Norfolk State taking on No. 13 Maryland Eastern Shore beginning at 6:30 p.m. Savannah State (No. 5) faces off against South Carolina State (No. 12) at 9 p.m. to end the first day of competition.
Hampton earned the runners-up trophy with a 12-4 record and will face the winner of the No. 7 Coppin State vs. No. 10 Bethune-Cookman matchup scheduled for Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Morgan State earned the No. 3 seed, following the tiebreaker against Norfolk State, to receive a two-day bye and will take on the winner of the No. 6 Florida A&M vs. No. 11 Delaware State game on Tuesday, March 11 slated for 9 p.m.
The 2014 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 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips-off Monday, March 10, and will conclude on Saturday, March 15 with the men's and women's championship games. The women's game will start at 3 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPN3 and tape-delayed on ESPNU beginning at Sunday, March 16, at 11 a.m. The men's finale will begin at 6 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPNU. The preliminary games will also be streamed live on www.MEACsports.com.
Click here for the 2014 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket.