by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The excitement of both the Randolph-Macon men and women winning the ODAC tournaments Sunday was followed by mild disappointment Monday, when both teams learned they'd have to travel for the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The men will travel to St. Mary's of Maryland for the first two rounds and will take on Commonwealth Conference champion Alvernia on Friday evening.
The Yellow Jackets head to St. Mary's (22-5) for the second straight season, although a week earlier than last year (played at SMC in sectionals in 2010). R-MC will face Commonwealth Conference automatic qualifier Alvernia University (18-6). The host Seahawks square off with CUNYAC automatic qualifier Medgar Evers College (17-11). Game times have yet to be determined.
Three two-team, first-round games will be conducted Thursday, March 3, with the winners advancing to play three teams which received first-round byes. Those contests will take place on Saturday, March 5.
Thirteen sites will host four teams for first- and second-round competition on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional-round sites on March 11-12. Winners of the four sectional games then advance to the semifinals on March 18. The championship will be played on 19.
All games except the semifinals and final will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. The final will be conducted at the Salem Civic Center in Salem.
Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball will play Bridgewater State of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Yellow Jackets will face the Bears on the campus of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA Friday, March 4; game time is still to be determined.
R-MC (22-6 / 17-3 ODAC) finished the 2010-11 season with a thrilling overtime win against Roanoke College for the 2011 ODAC Women's Basketball Championship.
Bridgewater State University also took their conference title after posting a 19-7 overall record and finishing 8-4 in MASCAC play.