MEAC Hoops To Invade Winston-Salem

By MEAC Media Relations
Updated: March 7, 2009

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the men’s and women’s pairings for the 2009 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 10-14 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (LJVM) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

On the men’s side, the Morgan State Bears clinched their second straight regular-season title with a 13-3 conference mark and will begin tournament play as the No. 1 seed.

The Bears earned the early round bye and will play their first game on Wednesday, March 11 beginning at 7 p.m. They will face the winner of Florida A&M (No. 8) and Howard (No. 9), who will meet in the opening round, Tuesday, March 10 at 9 p.m.

South Carolina State secured the No. 2 seed with a 10-6 MEAC mark. The Bulldogs defeated Winston-Salem State 86-73 in a non-conference matchup last Thursday.

Competitive parity in the middle of conference standings resulted in two multiple ties with four-teams finishing with a 9-7 mark and three teams closing MEAC play at 6-10.

Norfolk State (9-7) rose to the top of the four-way multiple conference tie-breaker and will enter tournament play as the No. 3 seed after defeating North Carolina A&T (9-7) last week.

The Spartans will face the winner of the No. 6 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats /No. 11 Maryland E. Shore Hawks slated for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. Bethune-Cookman, who also held a 9-7 conference mark, slipped to the number six slot despite a 49-46 win over Florida A&M last Thursday.

North Carolina A&T (No. 4) and Coppin State (No. 5) round out the final slot of the four-way tie. The Aggies and Eagles will face off during the quarterfinal round on Thursday, March 12 beginning at 8 p.m.

The Hampton Pirates (8-8) defeated the Howard Bison, 54-48, to remain the seventh seed. Florida A&M, Howard and Delaware State finished with similar 6-10 conference marks and were seeded as a result of conference tie-breaking procedures.

Florida A&M (No. 8) fell to Bethune-Cookman and will matchup against No. 9 Howard in the opening round Tuesday, March 10 beginning at 9 p.m. Hampton and Delaware State will face off also on Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Maryland E. Shore Hawks finished with a 3-13 mark and will wrap up the conference standings with an 11th place finish and tournament seed.


North Carolina A&T clinched the tournament’s top seed after concluding the regular-season with a 15-1 mark in MEAC play.

The Lady Aggies earned their second tournament first-round bye and will open up play on Wednesday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m. They will face the winner of the No. 8 Howard/No. 9 Bethune-Cookman matchup.

The defending MEAC Tournament Champion Coppin State Lady Eagles clinched the second seed with a 61-53 win over Morgan State. The Lady Eagles, winners of three of the last four MEAC tournament titles, concluded conference play with a 12-4 record and will meet the winner of the No. 7 Florida A&M/No. 10 South Carolina State game on Wednesday, March 11 at 10 a.m.

Delaware State (11-5) fell to the number three seed with a 55-52 loss to Maryland Eastern Shore. The Lady Hornets will take on the winner of No. 6 Hampton/No. 11 Norfolk State on Thursday, March 12 at Noon. Maryland Eastern Shore secured the number four seed with the victory and will take on No. 5 Morgan State at 2:30 p.m.

Morgan State and ampton both finished the conference schedule with a 9-7 mark. The Lady Bears secured the number five seed in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lady Pirates. Hampton will face cross-town rival Norfolk State, the number 11 seed, in a matchup at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10.

Florida A&M defeated Bethune-Cookman, 57-50, and Howard topped Hampton, 69-49, to finish with similar 7-9 records in conference play. The Lady Rattlers won the lone meeting over Howard to secure the seventh seed, while the Lady Bison will compete as the eighth seed.

Bethune-Cookman (4-12), South Carolina State (3-13) and Norfolk State (1-15) are seeded ninth through 11th, respectively.

The 2009 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips off Tuesday, March 10, and will conclude on Saturday, March 14 with the men’s and women’s championship games.

The women will tip off at 12 noon. The game will air taped delayed on ESPNU, March 15 at 11 a.m. The men’s finale is set for 7 p.m. Saturday and will air live also on ESPNU.

Check your local listings for channel information.

MEAC Men’s Basketball Championship Schedule

Tuesday, March 10 – Opening Round

6:30 PM Game 4 – No. 7 Hampton vs. No. 10 Delaware State

9:00 PM Game 5 – No. 8 Florida A&M vs. No. 9 Howard

Wednesday, March 11 – Opening Round/Quarterfinals

3:00 PM Game 8 – No. 6 Bethune-Cookman vs. No. 11 Maryland E. Shore

7:00 PM Game 9 – No. 1 Morgan State vs. Winner of Game 5

9:30 PM Game 10 – No. 2 South Carolina State vs. Winner of Game 4

Thursday, March 12 – Quarterfinals

6:00 PM Game 13 – No. 3 Norfolk State vs. Winner of Game 8

8:00 PM Game 14 – No. 4 North Carolina A&T vs. No. 5 Coppin State

Friday, March 13 – Semifinals

6:00 PM Game 17 – Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 14

8:00 PM Game 18 – Winner of Game 10 vs. Winner of Game 13

Saturday, March 14 – Championship Final (ESPNU)

3:30 PM North Carolina Central vs.Winston-Salem State

7:00 PM Game 20 – Winner of Game 17 vs. Winner of Game 18

MEAC Women’s Basketball Championship Schedule

Tuesday, March 10 – Opening Round

11:00 AM Game 1 – No. 7 Florida A&M vs. No. 10 South Carolina State

1:30 PM Game 2 – No. 8 Howard vs.No. 9 Bethune-Cookman

4:00 PM Game 3 – No. 6 Hampton vs. No. 11 Norfolk State

Wednesday, March 11 – Opening Round/Quarterfinals

10 AM Game 6 – No. 2 Coppin State vs.Winner of Game 1

12:30 PM Game 7 – No. 1 North Carolina A&T vs. Winner of Game 2

Thursday, March 12 – Quarterfinals

NOON Game 11 – No. 3 Delaware State vs. Winner of Game 3

2:30 PM Game 12 – No. 4 Maryland E. Shore vs.No. 5 Morgan State

Friday, March 13 – Semifinals

NOON Game 15 – Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 12

2:30 PM Game 16 – Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 11

Saturday, March 14 – Championship Final (ESPNU-taped delayed)

12:00 PM Game 19 – Winner of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 16

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