|MEAC MBB Bracket Set For 2017 Basketball Tournament||< All News|
|Friday, March 3, 2017|
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has released its men's pairings for the 2017 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 6-11, at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. The Eagles of North Carolina Central enter as the No. 1 seed for the third time in four years as they completed the season with a 13-3 conference record.
The Eagles have earned a first-round bye and will open tournament play on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 p.m. versus the winner of the No. 8 Delaware State/No. 9 Bethune-Cookman contest which takes place on Tuesday, March 7 at 4 p.m.
No. 5 Maryland Eastern Shore and No. 12 North Carolina A&T State tips off men's tourney action on Monday, March 6 at 5 p.m. Coppin State (No. 6) and Howard (No. 11) concludes the first day of competition as they'll square off at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6.
For the third straight year, the Norfolk State Spartans enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and hits the court on Wednesday, March 8 at 8 p.m. against the winner of the No. 7 South Carolina State/No. 10 Florida A&M match-up scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 6 p.m. Morgan State and Hampton both finished the 2017 season with identical 11-5 conference marks but by virtue of Morgan State's 77-70 win over Hampton on Feb. 25, the Bears captured the No. 3 seed while Hampton enters as the No. 4 seed. Both teams will have a week off as its games aren't scheduled until Thursday, March 9. Morgan State will meet the winner of Monday's Coppin State/Howard contest while Hampton awaits the victor of Monday's Maryland Eastern Shore/North Carolina A&T State matchup.
The 2017 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 2017 regular-season champions, regular-season runners-up, 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 2017 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips off Monday, March 6, and will conclude on Saturday, March 11 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 tape-delayed on ESPNU. It will air the following day, Sunday, March 12, 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 ESPN3. Live statistics of all games will be available on the conference’s official website and the tournament’s official website, www.MEAChoops.com.