While the NCAA Tournament kicks off tonight, two other college basketball postseason tournaments will be in action as well. The NCAA Tournament field will not feature any Hampton Roads teams but these two tournaments will both feature local teams who will all be in action both tonight and tomorrow.
In the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), the Norfolk State Spartans will travel to face Eastern Michigan (21-14) in the first round. Norfolk State finished the season with a 19-14 overall record and lost to North Carolina Central in the semifinals of the MEAC Tournament, hosted in Norfolk, Virginia. The Spartans are led by senior guard Pendarvis Williams who has averaged 15.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season. The game will kick off at 7:00 pm on Eastern Michigan’s home floor.
The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) will feature Hampton University and Old Dominion University, both who will be in action tomorrow night.
Hampton University finished the season with an 18-12 overall record and a 13-3 conference record to secure the second-seed in the MEAC Tournament. However, the Pirates bowed out of the conference tournament early with an 83-77 loss in the quarterfinals versus the seventh-seed Coppin State. The Pirates will now travel to face Penn State (15-17) in the first round of the CBI.
The CBI will also feature the Old Dominion Monarchs in first round action versus South Dakota State. Old Dominion opened Conference USA Tournament action with a second-round 73-58 victory over Marshall after receiving an opening round bye. The sixth-seeded Monarchs advanced to face third-seeded Middle Tennessee and lost 62-48. The Monarchs finished the year with a 16-17 record, a vast improvement over their 5-25 record last season. The Monarchs will host their matchup versus South Dakota State, with the game tipping off at 7:00pm at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
William and Mary will not be in postseason action, having barely missed out on this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Tribe advanced to the CAA Tournament championship game before losing to the Delaware Blue Hens, 75-74. The Tribe finished with a 20-12 overall record.