|MEAC places five teams in postseason play||< All News|
|Thursday, March 20, 2014|
NORFOLK, Va. - The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has five teams competing in postseason play following the men’s and women’s basketball season tournament in Norfolk, Virginia.
“We are extremely pleased to have five teams compete in postseason play this season,” said Commissioner Dennis Thomas. “In addition to the NCAA berths of our top seeds [Hampton and North Carolina Central] on both the women and the men’s side, having North Carolina A&T State women’s team compete in the WNIT and Hampton and Norfolk State participate in the College Basketball Invitational and the Collegeinsider.com Tournament allows for more of our talented programs to gain national exposure beyond our conference tournament.”
Hampton earned a 12th seed, the highest for an MEAC women’s team since the NCAA field expanded to 64 teams. The Lady Pirates will face Michigan State, on Sunday, March 23, in first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. Hampton secured it fifth straight tournament title with a 50-47 win over Coppin State in the MEAC Championship game, the longest streak for an MEAC women’s team.
“Tournament experience means everything,” Hampton Lady Pirates head coach David Six said. “That’s why we schedule tough out of conference. These girls have played big-name schools, BCS schools, before, so they won’t go into this match-up (against Michigan State) with a sense of awe. They’ll have plenty of respect, but none of the awe.”
NCCU clinched their first Division I title with a 71-62 win over Morgan State in the men’s championship finale. The Eagles will face Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Championship on Friday, March 21 in San Antonio.
“Every kid that touches a basketball desires to be in the field of 68,” North Carolina Central head coach LeVelle Moton said. “When that song One Shining Moment comes on, it does something to everyone. It sends chills through your body, and these kids get an opportunity to do that now. I am extremely proud of them.”
Hampton men’s team fell to Penn State in the first round of the CBI Tournament, 69-65. The Pirates finished the season with an 18-13 overall record.
Norfolk State men’s season came to an end following a hard-fought 58-54 loss to Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night in the CIT.