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No. 1 seed North Carolina A&T withdraws from MEAC Tournament due to COVID-19

The top seed in the MEAC Tournament is headed home due to COVID-19.

Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (4) looks to pass while being defended by North Carolina A&T Aggies guard Kameron Langley (13) in the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

The same day the Duke Blue Devils forfeited their ACC Tournament contest due to a positive COVID-19 test, the North Carolina A&T Aggies are withdrawing from the MEAC Tournament due to a positive test. The team announced the news Thursday evening. They are the third team to withdraw from a conference tournament, joining Duke and the Northern Iowa Panthers.

The Aggies entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed after going 11-10 in the regular season and 7-1 in conference play. They were slated to face the winner of North Carolina Central vs. Norfolk State. The winner of that game now gets a bye into the championship game, where they’ll face Coppin State or the winner of Morgan State vs. Florida A&M.

The winner of the MEAC will get the automatic bid into the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The MEAC is a one-bid league.