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WSSU, NCCU To Compete In MEAC Hoop Tourney
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced a special game for the 2008 MEAC Basketball Tournament during a press conference Tuesday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina .
The announcement revealed that the North Carolina Central Eagles and the Winston-Salem State Rams men’s basketball teams will compete in a bonus game on Championship Saturday, March 15, of the 2008 basketball tournament.
“We are excited that the North Carolina Central University and Winston-Salem State University men’s teams will be competing against each other on championship Saturday,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas.
“We want to galvanize the Eagle and Ram fans base, alumni and students to experience what our tournament is all about. We feel this is an excellent opportunity for both teams to showcase their institutions.”
The bonus game is an added event of the 2008 MEAC Basketball Tournament. The game will tip off between the women’s and men’s championship game on Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. The matchup between the two teams will be the first since their move up to Division I.
“The MEAC is a great conference with a strong history and tradition and we are honored to participate,” said Ingrid Wicker-McCree, Interim Director of Athletics, North Carolina Central University .
“I am excited about our student-athletes and coaches having the opportunity to participate with Winston-Salem State University . Both schools are making great progress in their transition to Division I and I think this tournament will showcase what we have to offer to the Division I membership.”
“We are excited about this opportunity,” stated Dr. Chico Caldwell, Director of Athletics, of Winston-Salem State University . “When you are a reclassifying institution and in transition to Division I you look for any opportunity to showcase your team and institution. I think it is a great opportunity not only for our basketball team, but also for our institution.”
“We said since the beginning of our reclassification that this was not just an athletic transition, this is a transition for our University and an opportunity to showcase our University as a part of the MEAC.”
Ticket books to the 2008 MEAC Basketball Tournament are on sale now and can be found through Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, at MEAC School Box Offices and at the RBC Center Box Office.
Tickets can also be purchased at the MEAC administrative offices by calling (757) 416-7100 or logging on to www.meachoops.com.
The MEAC Basketball Tournament involves 11 additional Division I historically black colleges and universities located across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and South Carolina State University. This year’s tournament takes place from March 10 to March 15 at the RBC Center .