Like clockwork, college basketball fans are gearing up to watch the NCAA’s best teams battle it out during the March Madness tournament. This year, four teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are set to take the stage during basketball’s Big Dance.
If you’re in the market for a team to add to your tournament brackets, check out a few reasons you should consider an HBCU:
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) men’s team claimed the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship title in a game against Norfolk State University. The NCCU Eagles, in team’s third consecutive year at the tournament, are set to take on North Dakota State during their premiere game in the first round on Wednesday.
Prairie View A&M University is making its first appearance in the tournament as Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) champs in 20 years. The Panthers came out victorious in a tight 92-86 game against Texas Southern University and will face Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday.
Bethune-Cookman University’s Lady Wildcats defeated Norfolk State University, claiming the MEAC’s championship title. This marks the first NCAA appearance for the Lady Wildcats. When the team won the SWAC title 25 years ago, it didn’t come with an automatic bid into the tournament. The Lady Wildcats will go up against No. 1 seed Notre Dame in their tournament debut on Saturday.
Southern University’s Lady Jaguars landed their first championship win since 2010 in an upset against Jackson State University. The SWAC champs are slated to take on No. 1 seed Mississippi state on Friday.
In a strange twist of events, ESPN accidentally aired the bracket for the NCCA’s women’s tournament hours before its 7 p.m. air date on Monday. The network issued an apology and broadcast the entire bracket around 5 p.m.
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