MEAC Tournament 2013 schedule and bracket: Lower seeds begin play Monday

Eric Francis

The 2013 MEAC tournament begins on Monday, when most of the lower seeds will tip off.

The 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament kicks off on Monday, March 11. Last season, this conference gave us one of the greatest upsets in the NCAA tournament, when No. 15 seed Norfolk State knocked off Missouri in the first round. This year, the Spartans rolled through the conference with a perfect record, and are heavy favorites to go dancing again.

Norfolk State, North Carolina Central and Hampton, the top three teams in the regular season, earned first round byes and won't start play until Wednesday. In the meantime, the other 10 teams will be fighting for a chance to crash the party and steal an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Here's the complete schedule coming up this week (all times Eastern):

Monday, March 11 (First Round)

No. 4 Savannah State Tigers vs. No. 13 Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (Game 1): 6:30 p.m. ET

No. 5 Morgan State Bears vs. No. 12 South Carolina State Bulldogs (Game 2): 9 p.m. ET

Tuesday, March 12 (First Round)

No. 8 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs. No. 9 Coppin State Eagles (Game 3): 4 p.m. ET

No. 7 North Carolina A&T Aggies vs. No. 10 Florida A&M Rattlers (Game 4): 6:30 p.m. ET

No. 6 Delaware State Hornets vs. No. 11 Howard Bison (Game 5): 9 p.m. ET

Wednesday, March 13 (Quarterfinals)

No. 1 Norfolk State Spartans vs. Game 3 winner (Game 6): 6 p.m. ET

No. 2 North Carolina Central vs. Game 4 winner (Game 7): 8 p.m. ET

Thursday, March 14 (Quarterfinals)

No. 3 Hampton Pirates vs. Game 5 winner (Game 8): 6 p.m. ET

Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner (Game 9): 8 p.m. ET

Friday, March 15 (Semifinals)

Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner (Game 10): 6 p.m. ET

Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner (Game 11): 8 p.m. ET

Saturday, March 16 (Championship Game)

Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner: 5 p.m. ET

Check out the complete bracket at the official website here.

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