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Bouncing BallWith the announcement of  NCAA Divison I Men's Championship and NIT pairings along with automatic bids to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), seven HBCU basketball teams will have postseason appearances.

MEAC men's champion North Carolina A&T begins play Tuesday, March 19 in Dayton in the first round of the men's playoffs.  The Aggies will face the Flames of Liberty University at 6:40pm to see who will face top-seeded Louisville as the 16th seed in the Midwest Region.

SWAC titelist Southern University, also a 16th seed, will meet the West Region's #1 seed, Gonzaga, Thursday, March 21 at 4:30pm.  The winner of that contest will meet the winner of the Pittsburg vs. Witchita State game.

MEAC regular season champion Norfolk State has been invited to the NIT and will face Virginia at 9pm Tuesday in Charlotsville, VA.

SWAC women's champion Prairie View A&M and MEAC women's titelist Hampton will learn their playoff opponents when pairings are announced Monday evening.

Soon thereafter, N.C. A&T's Lady Aggies and Texas Southern's Lady Tigers will find out who they will play in the WNIT.  Both teams earned automatic bids.

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