Hilltop Set to Welcome Regional

WEST LIBERTY – Game times have been set and ticket plans are in place for this weekend’s NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Atlantic Regional tournament at West Liberty University.

The 8-team event tips off Saturday with afternoon and evening quarterfinal sessions at the University’s Academic, Sports and Recreation Complex (ASRC).

Saturday’s afternoon session begins at noon with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference matchup between No. 3 seed Indiana, Pa. (24-5) – the PSAC Tournament champion – and No. 6 seed East Stroudsburg (22-6). No. 2 seed Winston-Salem State, N.C. (21-6) out of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association meets No. 7 seed Slippery Rock, Pa. (22-8) – the PSAC Tournament runner-up – in the 2:30 p.m. game.

Two-time defending regional champion and tournament host West Liberty (30-1) opens the evening session at 6 p.m. against No. 8 seed Bowie State, Md. (16-13), which upset its way to the CIAA Tournament title. Quarterfinal action concludes with an 8:30 p.m. tilt between No. 4 seed Fairmont State (22-8) – the WVIAC’s regular-season and tournament runner-up – and No. 5 seed Livingstone, N.C. (22-6) out of the CIAA.

Saturday’s winners will return to the ASRC for regional semifinal action Sunday at 5 and 7:30 p.m. After an off day on Monday, the regional championship game is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday, March 19.

Tickets for each session are priced at $12 for adults and $6 for students with IDs. All tickets are for general admission with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Beginning today, discount packages of $20 for both Saturday sessions and $35 for all four tournament sessions will be available for purchase from Athletic Secretary Robin Brunner daily from noon to 4 p.m. in the WLU Athletic Department on the fourth floor of the ASRC. Cash transactions only will be accepted.

A limited number of single-session tickets for Saturday’s quarterfinal round will go on sale at noon today at TJ’s Sports Garden and Restaurant on National Road in Wheeling and the Main Street Bank outlets in Wheeling and Elm Grove.

The Atlantic Region champion advances to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky. on March 29-30. The NCAA Division II championship game will be played April 7 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.