BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Following Saturday afternoon's 100-92 home win over Concord University, UVa-Wise men's basketball is seeded 10th in the 2017 Mountain East Conference Tournament held at the Charleston Civic Center in downtown Charleston, West Virginia. The seedings and pairing for the 2017 MEC Men's Basketball Tournament, held March 1-5, were finalized after the conclusion of Saturday's league action.
The top 10 teams from the MEC regular season standings qualify for the postseason conference tournament with the top six seeds earning first-round byes. Fairmont State University, which will head into the tournament as the No. 1 team in the nation, claimed the regular season title and is the top seed for this year's MEC Tournament. West Liberty University, who is currently ranked No. 7 nationally, is seeded second, followed by Wheeling Jesuit University, Shepherd University, Notre Dame College and West Virginia Wesleyan. Glenville State College secured the seventh seed as the University of Charleston, Urbana University and UVa-Wise rounded out the 10-team tournament field.
The opening round of the tournament gets underway Wednesday, March 1, with the Cavaliers taking on seventh-seeded Glenville State at 6 p.m., followed by eighth-seeded Charleston versus ninth-seeded Urbana at 8 p.m.
Although UVa-Wise finished the regular season standings tied with both Concord University and Urbana, all with a 7-15 MEC record, the Cavs clinched a berth in the MEC Tournament after sweeping the Mountain Lions. Concord was left out of the league tournament after posting a combined 1-3 record against UVa-Wise and Urbana. The Blue Knights earned the No. 9 seed after sweeping the Cavs this season and going 1-1 against Concord.
UVa-Wise split a pair of game against the Pioneers this season, dropping an 82-74 decision in Glenville before earning a 90-85 win in Wise earlier this month. The Cavs are 0-3 in MEC Tournament games since joining 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 Division II Tournament.
No No. 1 seed has ever won the MEC Tournament and the last two tournament champions have been seeded outside the top three.
Tickets for the 2017 MEC Tournament are on sale now and can be purchased here. Single session tickets for adults are $12 for general admission or $15 for reserved seating with VIP passes priced at $35. Youth single session general admission tickets for those aged 12-18 are $5 and children single session general admission tickets for those 11 years old or younger are $1. Youth single session reserved seating tickets for those aged 12-18 are $10 and children single session reserved seating tickets for those 11 years old or younger are $5. All session tickets are also available with adult tickets priced at $30 and $40, youth tickets at $20 and $30, and children tickets at $5 and $20. VIP all session passes are $125.
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MEC Tournament Seeds
1. Fairmont State (27-1, 21-1 MEC)
2. West Liberty (25-3, 19-3 MEC)
3. Wheeling Jesuit (22-6, 16-6 MEC)
4. Shepherd (18-10, 15-7 MEC)
5. Notre Dame (16-12, 10-12 MEC)
6. West Virginia Wesleyan (13-15, 10-12 MEC)
7. Glenville State (11-15, 8-14 MEC)
8. Charleston (14-14, 8-14 MEC)
9. Urbana (12-16, 7-15 MEC)
10. UVa-Wise (9-19, 7-15 MEC)
MEC First Round Games (Wednesday, March 1)
6 p.m.: #7 Glenville State vs. #10 UVa-Wise
8:15 p.m.: #8 Charleston vs. #9 Urbana
MEC Quarterfinal Games (Friday, March 3)
Noon: #2 West Liberty vs. #7/10 Winner
2:15 p.m.: #3 Wheeling Jesuit vs. #6 West Virginia Wesleyan
6 p.m.: #1 Fairmont State vs. #8/9 Winner
8:15 p.m.: #4 Shepherd vs. #5 Notre Dame