THERE ARE three more bids being decided tonight plus another league starting its tournament. Here is a look at the MEAC, which has a very interesting top seed.
At Norfolk, Va.
5-Delaware St. vs. 12-Savannah St., 6:30
6-Hampton vs. 11-Morgan St., 9
8-Bethune-Cookman vs. 9-Coppin St., 6
7-South Carolina St. vs. 10-N.C. A&T, 8:30
1-UNC Central vs. Beth.-Cook./Coppin St., 6
2-Norfolk St. vs. S. Carolina St./N.C. A&T, 8:30
3-Md.-East. Shore vs. Hampton/Morgan St., 6
4-Howard vs. Delaware St./Savannah St., 8:30
Times: 6 & 8:30
Semifinal winners, 1 (ESPN2)
NCAA Tourney prospects: This is a one-bid league.
Fun facts: UNC-Central went undefeated in the conference for the first time in its history. The Eagles went 15-1 last year, plus three more wins in the tournament, for a 34-game conference winning streak, best in the nation . . . UNCC point guard Nimrod Hilliard's first name comes from the Book of Genesis and means "mighty hunter." Well, that's what it meant when the Bible was written. Delaware State's Kendall Gray leads the conference in rebounding (12.4 per game). He had 15 boards in a loss to Temple in December.
Tomorrow: ACC & SWAC.
Wednesday: Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC, Southland.
Thursday: AAC, Big Sky, Big West, Sun Belt, WAC.
- Ed Barkowitz