The road to the North Atlantic Conference basketball championships is going to lead to Castleton, Vt., this season.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Castleton State have earned the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, which begins with quarterfinal action Tuesday on the home courts of the highest-seeded teams.
On the men’s side, No. 1 Castleton State (16-9 overall, 15-3 NAC) plays host to No. 8 Lyndon State (6-19, 6-12 NAC), and No. 7 Johnson State (6-19, 6-12 NAC) travels to No. 2 Colby-Sawyer (18-7, 15-3 NAC).
Third-seeded University of Maine Farmington (15-10, 14-4 NAC) hosts No. 6 New England College (7-18, 6-12 NAC) at 6 p.m., and fourth-seeded Husson University of Bangor (14-11, 13-5 NAC) hosts No. 5 Thomas College of Waterville (14-10, 11-7 NAC) at 7:30 p.m.
Husson is the defending conference champion.
The semifinals — both men’s and women’s — will be played Friday at the site of the highest remaining teams, with the championship games scheduled for Saturday.
In the women’s ranks, No. 1 Castleton State (19-4, 16-2 NAC) can make sure it has the home-court advantage in the semifinals and finals with a quarterfinal victory over No. 8 Thomas (5-19, 5-13 NAC).
The Spartans have appeared in each of the previous three title contests, winning in 2009. Husson has hosted the last three finals and is the two-time defending champion.
In Tuesday’s other quarterfinals, No. 2 Colby-Sawyer (19-6, 15-3) entertains No. 7 Lyndon State (9-15, 7-11 NAC), third-seeded Husson (15-10, 15-3 NAC) awaits No. 6 UMF (10-14, 9-9 NAC) at 5:30 p.m. and No. 5 Maine Maritime Academy of Castine (13-12, 10-8 NAC) travels to play No. 4 New England College (18-7, 11-7 NAC) at New Hampshire Technical Institute at 7 p.m.