First round pits Army vs. Navy again Loyola draws Canisius in MAAC tourney opener

February 26, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Because it lost a coin flip yesterday morning, Navy will be seeded No. 2 in this week's Patriot League tournament, setting up a third straight opening-round game against Army.

The Midshipmen, who had tied Colgate for the regular-season championship, will meet the Cadets at 3 p.m. Saturday in Worcester, Mass. Navy has won 10 straight against Army, but lost to Colgate in last year's tournament final.

Navy wasn't the only team to learn yesterday who its opponent will be. Depending on what it does against Siena tomorrow night, Loyola will be seeded either fourth or fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Regardless, the Greyhounds will meet Canisius at 2 p.m. Saturday in Albany, N.Y.

Mount St. Mary's has wrapped up the No. 1 seed and home-court advantage throughout the Northeast Conference tournament. The Mount closes the regular season tonight against Fairleigh Dickinson, then will play either the eighth or ninth seed at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Long Island is No. 8, and Robert Morris and St. Francis (N.Y.) are tied at No. 9 going into their game tonight.

Coppin State and South Carolina State finished tied for first in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, but the Bulldogs were awarded the No. 1 seed by virtue of a higher point differential in the two games they split. That means the Eagles will play Howard at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals in Tallahassee, Fla. They avenged an earlier loss to the Bison with Saturday night's 87-54 rout.

Coppin State lost to North Carolina A&T, 66-64, in the final last year.

UMES, which has lost nine of its past 11, is seeded sixth in the MEAC and will play Delaware State at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Morgan State is on probation and cannot participate.

Towson State, in its inaugural season in the North Atlantic Conference, is the fifth seed, meaning the Tigers will face Delaware for a third straight time at noon Saturday on the Blue Hens' home floor in Newark. They lost to Delaware twice last week by a combined nine points.

UMBC has known for more than a week that it would be the seventh seed in the Big South Conference, but it wasn't until after last night's games that the Retrievers discovered they would play Liberty at 8 p.m. Thursday in Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty has won both games against UMBC, including a 51-48 victory earlier this month when senior center Kevin Bellinger was lost for the season with a dislocated shoulder. The Flames eliminated the Retrievers in last year's opening round, 57-54, in Lynchburg.

Each conference tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Tournament schedule

First rounds

Big South

At Lynchburg, Va.

Thursday

UNC-Greensboro vs. Coastal Carolina, noon

Charleston Southern vs. Radford, 2 p.m.

UNC-Asheville vs. Winthrop, 6 p.m.

Liberty vs. UMBC, 8 p.m.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

At Tallahassee, Fla.

Thursday

Coppin State vs. Howard University, 1:30 p.m.

Delaware State vs. UMES, 3:30 p.m.

South Carolina State vs. Florida A&M, 5:30 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman vs. North Carolina A&T, 7:30 p.m.

Patriot League

At Worcester, Mass.

Saturday

Navy vs. Army, 3 p.m.

Holy Cross vs. Lehigh, 5:30 p.m.

Bucknell vs. Lafayette, 8 p.m.

ACC women

At Rock Hill, S.C.

Thursday

Georgia Tech vs. Florida State, 7 p.m.

Friday

Clemson vs. North Carolina, 12:30 p.m.

Virginia vs. Ga. Tech-Florida St. winner, 2:30 p.m.

Duke vs. Wake Forest, 6:30 p.m.

North Carolina State vs. Maryland, 8:30 p.m.

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