*The following release is courtesy of the CACC*
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (August 5, 2019) -- University of the Sciences will serve as the host institution for the semifinals and finals of both the 2019-20 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's and Women's Basketball Championships on March 7-8 at the Athletic Recreation Center on the school's campus in Philadelphia, Pa.
The announcement was made on Monday by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara. Both tournaments will tip off on Tuesday, March 3, with the first-round games at the sites of the highest seeds. It will mark the second-consecutive year USciences will serve as host for a major basketball tournament, as the school played host to the 2019 NCAA Division II East Region Women's Basketball Tournament back in March.
2019-20 CACC MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 3 (First Round l Men's & Women's l at Highest Seeds)
South #4 Seed at North #1 Seed (6 p.m.)
North #3 Seed at South #2 Seed (6 p.m.)
North #4 Seed at South #1 Seed (6 p.m.)
South #3 Seed at North #2 Seed (6 p.m.)
**If a school is hosting a single game, then tip-off time will be 6 p.m.
**If a school is hosting a doubleheader, then tip-off time for the women's game will be 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 (Semifinals l at University of the Sciences)
N#1/S#4 Winner vs. S#2/N#3 Winner (12 or 2 p.m.)
S#1/N#4 Winner vs. N#2/S#3 Winner (12 or 2 p.m.)
**Highest remaining seed will play in the session's first game at 12 p.m., followed by the remaining two teams at approx. 2 p.m.
N#1/S#4 Winner vs. S#2/N#3 Winner (5 or 7 p.m.)
S#1/N#4 Winner vs. N#2/S#3 Winner (5 or 7 p.m.)
**Highest remaining seed will play in the session's first game at 5 p.m., followed by the remaining two teams at approx. 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 (Championship Finals l at University of the Sciences)
Women's Championship Final (12 p.m.)
Men's Championship Final (2:30 p.m.)
The winners of both the men's and women's championships will earn the CACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournaments, which will be held the following weekend at sites to be determined.
Both the USciences men's and women's programs are among the best in the CACC. The women's squad has won appeared in each of the last three CACC Championship Finals, including winning back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018. The men's squad narrowly missed the postseason in 2019, but prior to that had appeared in the 2018 semifinals after knocking off top-seeded Bloomfield College in the first round.
Jefferson enters 2019-20 season as the defending conference champion in women's basketball, as the Rams pulled out a thriller over USciences in the final at Caldwell University back in March. Both Jefferson and USciences have met in the conference final in each of the last two seasons. Dominican College enters this year as the reigning men's conference champion. The Chargers downed Bloomfield in the 2019 final to reach the NCAA Tournament.