WISE, Va. – Tenth-seeded UVa-Wise men's basketball takes on seventh-seeded Glenville State College in the Mountain East Conference Tournament First Round in Charleston, West Virginia, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Storylines – vs. Glenville State College - MEC Tournament First Round
The Cavaliers will play in the Charleston Civic Center for the first time in program history when they tip off against the Pioneers for the third time this season. UVa-Wise and Glenville State split a pair of games during the regular season with the Cavs defeating the Pioneers 90-85 inside the David J. Prior Convocation Center on Feb. 4. In the two teams' first meeting this season, Glenville State earned an 82-74 victory over UVa-Wise in Glenville back on Dec. 3.
The Pioneers enter the 2017 MEC Men's Basketball Tournament as the No. 7 seed after finishing the regular season with an 8-14 league record and an 11-15 overall mark. Glenville State is currently on a three-game losing streak and has not won a game since upsetting then 23rd-ranked Wheeling Jesuit University on Feb. 16 in Glenville.
The Cavs earned the No. 10 seed in the MEC Tournament this past Saturday when UVa-Wise defeated Concord University 100-92 in the Prior Center. Although UVa-Wise finished the regular season standings tied with both Concord and Urbana University, all with a 7-15 MEC record, the Cavs clinched a berth in the MEC Tournament after sweeping the Mountain Lions. UVa-Wise enters Wednesday evening's contest with a 9-19 overall record and winners of its final two regular season games.
The Pioneers own a 6-2 MEC Tournament record, while the Cavs are 0-3 in MEC postseason contests since the inception of the league in 2013. UVa-Wise took on Glenville State in the first round of the 2015 MEC Tournament and was handed a 92-64 road loss as the 12th seed. The Pioneers were seeded fifth that year and went on to win the tournament title and claim the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Wednesday's matchup with be the 10th meeting between the Cavs and Glenville State as the Pioneers own an 8-1 advantage in the series.
No No. 1 seed has ever won the MEC Tournament and the last two tournament champions have been seeded outside the top three.
The Cavs are seeking their first postseason win in seven years and first of the NCAA Division II era. UVa-Wise has not won a conference tournament game since 2010 when the Cavs defeated Union College (86-85) in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
This past Saturday, three different players posted double-doubles in UVa-Wise's must-win home victory over Concord. Redshirt junior forward Taiwo Badmus (London, England) scored 32 point and grabbed 11 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season, while freshman point guard Michal Seals (Lancaster, Pa.) recorded his second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 assists. Freshman guard Chance Sheffey (Staunton, Va.) collected a career-high 14 rebounds and tallied 15 points for his first career double-double.
Tickets for Wednesday's MEC Tournament first round game between the Cavs and the Pioneers can be purchased here. Fans can listen to live play-by-play of Wednesday evening's game on WDIC 92.1 FM The Wolf or online via wdicradio.com.
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