Basketball Fever: CIAA Tournament
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association is one of America's oldest athletic conferences. The CIAA was founded in 1912, and is home to 12 universities and colleges located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Although the CIAA hosts 16 championships in men's and women's sports, basketball has become synonymous with the CIAA brand.
Thousands of visitors flock to Charlotte each year to cheer on their favorite college basketball teams. Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament. The games will take place at the Bojangles Coliseum on February 27th and 28th and at the Spectrum Center, March 1st through March 3rd. Additional CIAA events will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center.
This year's theme, "Homecoming," serves as a welcome to students, alumni, and friends who are coming to experience the annual tradition. It's also an invitation to the Charlotte community and first-time visitors to be a part of the CIAA family. The 2018 tournament has been restructured to ensure built-in rest days for participating athletes. The new format will limit the number of games played consecutively, ensuring that no team will play 5 days in a row. The women's and men's games will be distributed evenly in both venues.
As part of the 2018 official event lineup, CIAA will partner with Lockhart Entertainment for their annual Celebrity Charity Basketball Game. Slam-dunk contests and celebrity meet and greets are expected at each of the three games, scheduled for Saturday, March 3rd. Celebrity appearances at previous games include Floyd Mayweather, Cardi B, Migos, Lil Kim, EPMD, and Keke Palmer.
The 2018 championship games should be just as exciting as last season's games. The Bowie State Bulldogs earned the 2017 Men's Basketball Championship title, with a final score of 62-54 against the Fayetville State Broncos. The conference win was their first since 2013 and the third overall for the Bulldogs, who gained the automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament. Johnson C. Smith University earned their first CIAA Women's Basketball Tournament since 2009. They beat Virginia State University 68-59 in the final quarter, also earning the automative bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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