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Breaking down the MEAC basketball tournament schedule

Taking a look at who, where and when for the MEAC Conference Championship in Norfolk, Virginia.

Norfolk State Spartans center Bryan Gellineau talks to a official during the NCAA men’s basketball game between the Butler Bulldogs and Norfolk State Spartans on November 21, 2016, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The MEAC Men’s Basketball Championship will be held March 10th-14th at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. The North Carolina Central Eagles currently lead the conference, holding a slight lead over the Norfolk State Spartans and North Carolina A&T Aggies. The Eagles won the conference tournament three straight years.

The first three rounds of the tournament will be streamed online at FloHoops. The championship game will air on ESPN2. Let’s take a look at the tournament bracket, and consider what this could mean come March.

March 10

Game 1: No. 9 Maryland Eastern Shore vs No. 8 Delaware State 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 10 Howard vs. No. 7 South Carolina State 8 p.m.

March 11

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. North Carolina Central
Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. North Carolina A&T

March 12

Game 5: No. 5 Morgan State vs. No. 4 Bethune-Cookman
Game 6: No. 6 Coppin State vs. No. 7 Norfolk State

March 13

Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 winner

March 14

Championship: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

The MEAC is for sure a one-bid league, and it’s unlikely any teams will participate in the CBI, so these 10 teams will play for their season in Norfolk. It’s the bottom conference by RPI this year, and there aren’t any Quadrant 3 or higher wins by any of these eligible teams.

Florida A&M would be here, but they’re ineligible because of APR score issues for any postseason in 2019-20.