SC State Earns No. 3 Seed in MEAC Tournament

By: SC State Athletics

NORFOLK, Va., (SC State Athletics) — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its men’s pairings for the 2016 MEAC Basketball Tournament, March 7-12, at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.  The Hampton Pirates clinched the No. 1 seed, for the second straight year, after posting a 13-3 conference record.

Hampton earned the first-round bye and will open up play on Wednesday, March 9 beginning at 6 p.m. They will face the winner of the No. 8 Maryland Eastern Shore/No. 9 Morgan State matchup set for Tuesday, March 8.

Men’s action starts on Monday with No. 5 Savannah State taking on No. 12 Delaware State and North Carolina A&T State (No. 6) faces off against Coppin State (No. 11) to end the first day of competition.

Norfolk State (No. 2) won the tiebreaker with South Carolina State and posted a 12-4 conference record. The Spartans will face the winner of the No. 7 North Carolina Central vs. No. 10 Howard matchup scheduled for Tuesday, March 8.  South Carolina State earned the No. 3 seed, to receive a two-day bye, and will take on the winner of the No. 6 North Carolina A&T State vs. No. 11 Coppin State game on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m.

The 2016 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 2016 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips-off Monday, March 7, and will conclude on Saturday, March 12 with the men’s and women’s championship games.  The men’s game will start at 1 p.m. and will broadcast live on ESPN2.  The women’s finale will begin one hour after the men’s finish and will broadcast taped delayed on ESPNU beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.  The preliminary games are streamed on ESPN3.

Live statistics of all games will be available on the conferences’ official website and the tournament’s official website,

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