MEAC Tournament: From 31-1 to 0-2? Madness Ensues As Dominant Seeds Get Shocked Early
Did you know that it’s March?
Okay good, because that means it’s time for some madness. And where else would you look other than the MEAC?
Not familiar with the MEAC? Well, you should be.
Norfolk State won the conference tournament a season ago and then shocked second seeded Missouri in the Round of 64.
Okay, now that you got the relation between the MEAC and March Madness down, let’s dive into the big story from the league’s opening round. Well, those same Spartans, who lost double-double machine Kyle O’Quinn off last year’s magical squad, finished the season at 16-0 within the conference this season.
Pretty impressive and undoubtedly, they earned the league’s No. 1 seed in the MEAC Tournament. Right behind them sat North Carolina Central, who finished the regular season with a 15-1 mark within the conference.
With the stats out of the way, fans of the smaller conference were more than anticipating a showdown for an automatic bid between the two aforementioned squads.
On Wednesday night however, someone forgot to relay that news to their quarterfinal round opponents.
Both Norfolk State and North Carolina Central were a combined 31-1 in league contests this season, but in the quarterfinal round of the MEAC Tournament, they were both upset.
That’s one loss between the two all season long in league play, and then two in one night.
I guess that’s why you play things out down the stretch. Neither will dance, so the door is now open for another potential Cinderella squad to make their dreams come true later this week.