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Livingstone draws NCAA top seed
Blue Bears play at East Stroudsburg (Pa.)
 
Published Monday, March 10, 2014 3:37 pm
by Herbert L. White

CIAA champion Livingstone will try to earn the program's first NCAA tournament win this week.

The Blue Bears, seeded eighth in the Atlantic Region, will face the NCAA Division II overall top seed East Stroudsburg (Pa.), in the quarterfinals on March 15 at East Stroudsburg. The eight regional winners will advance to the Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind. on March 26-29.

Livingstone (21-7), which won their first ever CIAA title March 1 in Charlotte, returns to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. Livingstone is paced by the backcourt tandem of CIAA player of the year Mark Thomas and Jody Hill. Thomas averaged a league-high 20.9 points and 4.75 assists per game while Hill averages 18.4 points an outing. The Blue Bears were the CIAA highest-scoring team at 85.5 points a game.

East Stroudsburg won the PSAC championship for the second time in three years, went 28-1. The Warriors are making their fourth tournament appearance in five years.

The four regional semifinals will be played on Sunday and the final on March 18.

SIAC champ Tuskegee (18-11) was the only other HBCU to earn a spot in the tournament. The Tigers will play Florida Southern (26-4) in the South Region. Other Carolinas teams in the field are in the Southeast Region: S.C. Aiken (29-3), the top seed; No. 8 South seed Limestone (21-8); No. 4 Anderson (S.C., 22-9), which plays GRU Augusta, the fifth seed.

Women’s tournament

CIAA women’s champ Shaw is one of five HBCU programs in the Division II tournament.

The Bears (21-8) and CIAA North champion Virginia State will compete in the Atlantic Region, with sixth seed Shaw playing No. 3 Gannon (27-3) and the No. 5 Trojans (25-2) taking on No. 4 Bloomsburg (24-4). District of Columbia (21-7), the fifth seed in the East, plays No. 4 Stonehill (18-9).

In the South Region, Benedict (20-9), the eight seed, plays top seed Nova Southeastern (24-4) and SIAC champion Albany State (20-6) the fourth seed, plays No. 5 Delta State (24-5).

 

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