The top seeds of the MEAC regular season open their postseasons on Wednesday after taking first round byes into the quarterfinals. The No. 1 Norfolk State Spartans face the No. 8 Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Wednesday while the No. 2 North Carolina Central Eagles play the North Carolina A&T Aggies in the nightcap.
Norfolk State, led by 6'6 wing Pendarvis Williams' 14.1 points per game, have won 15 games in a row heading into the tournament and finished the season 21-10 overall and a perfect 16-0 in MEAC play. Bethune-Cookman is only 7-9 in conference play and 13-19 on the year, yet the Wildcats can face the No. 1 team in the league with confidence.
They fell to the Spartans 62-61 less than two weeks ago, and swingman Adrien Coleman's averages of 17.9 points and 7.2 rebounds could pose a problem for the league's best team. Coleman is coming off a 28-point performance on Tuesday, when Bethune-Cookman beat Coppin State.
In the MEAC's second game of Wednesday's schedule, North Carolina Central plays a North Carolina A&T team coming off a Tuesday victory against Florida A&M.
North Carolina Central (22-8) fell short of the regular season title by one game at 15-1 in league play. Led by Jeremy Ingram's 15.9 points per game, the Eagles beat the Aggies 51-47 on Feb. 23 and 66-62 on Dec. 1.
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No. 1 Norfolk State vs. No. 8 Bethune-Cookman, 6 p.m. ET
No. 2 North Carolina Central vs. No. 7 North Carolina A&T, 8 p.m. ET