The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament games begin today in Charlotte, N.C., but Virginia’s two schools don’t hit the court until Thursday.
Virginia Union is the No. 1 seed in the Northern Division. It will await one of three teams — Elizabeth City State, Johnson C. Smith or Bowie State — for its first game of the tournament.
The Panthers beat the Vikings and Bulldogs twice and the Golden Bulls once during the regular season. Virginia Union hasn’t won the tournament since 2006, after also winning in 2004 and 2005.
Virginia State, No. 2 in the Northern Division and the defending champion, will face Winston-Salem State, the No. 3 team in the Southern Division, in its first game of the tournament.
The Trojans defeated the Rams 84-66 in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the teams’ only meeting this season.
The CIAA announced its all-CIAA and all-rookie teams. For VUU, which had the best record in the CIAA, Ray Anderson was the player of the year and Jay Butler was the coach of the year.
Virginia State’s Elijah Moore, Richard Granberry and Kevin Williams got spots on the all-conference team.
Men’s frontcourt: Quincy January (Saint Augustine’s); Elijah Moore (Virginia State); Richard Granberry (Virginia State); Jeremy Smith (Chowan); William Crandell (Winston-Salem State); David Duncan (Livingstone); Joshua Cassady (Shaw)
Men’s backcourt: Ray Anderson (Virginia Union); Benji Bell (Shaw); Kevin Williams (Virginia State); Anthony Gaskins (Saint Augustine’s); Marco Haskins (Chowan)
All-rookie: Josh Bryant (Fayetteville State); Roger Ray (Livingstone); Robert Colon (Winston-Salem State); John Maynor (Elizabeth City State); David Belle (Bowie State)