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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Ace Hardware Presents Brackets Set for 2019 CIAA Women's & Men's Basketball Tournament

Charlotte, NC (February 23, 2019) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) releases its 2019 Women's and Men's Championship Brackets. The single-elimination tournament will be held in two venues again this year: Bojangles' Coliseum February 25-27 and Spectrum Center February 28-March 2. Championship Saturday will tipoff at 1:00 p.m. for the women followed by the men at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.
The Virginia Union University Panthers solidified the women's Northern Division title with a win over Elizabeth City State University on Wednesday. The Panthers finished the regular season with a 9-1 division record followed by the No. 2 Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State University, who finished with a 7-3 division record with today's victory over Elizabeth City State University. The Vikings finish the season at No. 6 in the North Division at 2-8 after today's loss while the women of Lincoln University (PA) finished 3rd in the North with a 6-4 mark in the division. 

By virtue of the head-to-head point differential tie breaker, Chowan University finishes ahead of Virginia State University at No. 4 in the Northern Division as both teams finish the regular season with a 3-7 record. As a reminder, the conference's tiebreaker record is as follows: head-to-head competition, head-to-head point differential, conference record, and a coin toss.

In the women's Southern Division, Fayetteville State University clinched the title with a perfect 11-1 regular season division record. Johnson C. Smith University finishes in the No. 2 spot at 9-3 while Winston-Salem State University lands at No.3, falling to 8-4 in the division, after being upset earlier today by Livingstone, who finishes at No. 4.

The Lady Panthers of Claflin University finish their first season in the CIAA at No. 5 while Saint Augustine's University (2-10 in the South) and Shaw University (1-11 in the South) finish at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. 
The Women's Tournament will tipoff Monday at 6:00 p.m. with Elizabeth City State vs. Shaw. Tuesday's contests are as follows: 10:00 a.m. Chowan vs. Claflin, 12:10 p.m. Lincoln (PA) vs. Saint Augustine's, 2:20 p.m. Livingstone vs. Virginia State, and 4:30 p.m. Winston-Salem State vs. the winner of Elizabeth City State/Shaw. In the quarterfinals, Fayetteville State will await the winner between Chowan and Claflin  for a 2:20 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday while Virginia Union will await the winner of Livingstone and Virginia State for their 4:30 p.m. contest. On Thursday, Bowie State will play Winston-Salem State or the winner between Elizabeth City State and Shaw at 1:00 p.m. and the winner between Lincoln (PA) and Saint Augustine's will advance to face Johnson C. Smith at 3:00 p.m.
The men's Northern Division was clinched by the Trojans of Virginia State University, who marked a 9-1 record in the regular season. The Trojans are followed by No. 2 Virginia Union, & No. 3 Bowie State who close at 7-3 and 6-4, respectively. Despite their identical 3-7 record in division play, Lincoln (PA) finishes No. 4 after a pair of regular season wins over Elizabeth City State to take the head-to-head tie-breaker while Chowan will enter the bracket at No. 6.

The Southern Division title belongs to Shaw University, who finish at 9-3 in the South, after their victory earlier today over Johnson C. Smith, who fall to 4-8 in the division. The Golden Bulls will be the No. 7 seed after losing head-to-head tie-breaker to Fayetteville State, who finishes at No. 6. Yet another tie formulated as Claflin and Livingstone both close out the regular season with a 7-5 division record. The Blue Bears secured the No. 2 seed thanks to their regular season sweep of the Panthers while the No. 4 spot belongs to Winston-Salem State followed by Saint Augustine's at No. 5.

The Men's Tournament will tipoff Monday at 8:00 p.m. with Chowan vs. Johnson C. Smith. Tuesday's contests are as follows: 6:40 p.m. Lincoln vs. Saint Augustine's and Winston-Salem State vs. Saint Augustine's at 8:50 p.m. Men's quarterfinal action will tipoff on Wednesday morning with Claflin taking on the winner of Monday's contest between Chowan vs. Johnson C. Smith 10:00 a.m., Bowie State vs. Fayetteville State at 12:10 p.m. while Virginia State will play the winner of Winston-Salem State vs. Elizabeth City State 6:40 p.m., and Shaw will face the winner of Lincoln vs. Saint Augustine's at 8:50 p.m. The quarterfinals will continue on Thursday as Virginia State takes on either Claflin or the winner of Chowan vs. Johnson C. Smith at 7 p.m. while Livingstone takes on the winner of Bowie State and Fayetteville State at 9 p.m. 

For the entire list of CIAA Tournament happenings, to purchase event tickets, or information on game tickets, visit the Men's and Women's Basket Championship pages at or download the CIAA Tournament mobile app via iTunes or Google Play. You can also follow the CIAA on Twitter (@CIAAforLife), Instagram (@CIAASports) and Facebook (The CIAA), or search #CIAATourney or #CIAAHoops on either platform.

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