And then their were two.
Both North Carolina Central and Morgan State dominated their MEAC Semifinal games, punching their tickets to the MEAC Championship Game on Saturday.
Top-seeded NCCU quickly disposed of Norfolk State, claiming their 19th straight victory with the 68-45 win. Morgan turned a big first half lead over Coppin State into a comfortable 79-64 win.
This will be North Carolina Central’s first appearance in the MEAC Championship game in its history. Morgan State, on the other hand, will be appearing in its fifth title game since 2008 and seeking it’s fourth overall title.
For most of the regular season, and certainly over the first two games of the MEAC Tournament, NCCU has looked heads above the rest of the conference. But Todd Bozeman’s Bears are battle tested, and will fight not to have a repeat of last year’s conference title loss.
Morgan State has had a knack for playing up against the good teams, so expect them to come out firing early in this one. NCCU won the only matchup of the regular season, squeaking out a 53-52 win at home in January.
Expect this one to be close as well, but expect NCCU to come home with its first conference tournament title since John McLendon and Harold Hunter led North Carolina College to the 1950 CIAA crown.