The campus of Penn State-Fayette in Uniontown, Pa., will be abuzz with basketball activity starting Wednesday when the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national basketball tournaments get under way.
Maine has three men’s teams entered in the event, two of which are in action on opening day.
The University of Maine at Fort Kent tips off early with an 11:15 a.m. contest. Coach Eric Werntgen’s Bengals (17-9) are the No. 8 seed in the USCAA Division I tournament and face No. 1 Rochester College (24-7) of Rochester Hills, Mich., in a quarterfinal game.
The winner advances to take on the winner of the game between No. 4 Washington Adventist and No. 5 Ave Maria in Friday’s 10 a.m. semifinal. The loser draws that game’s loser for a 9:15 a.m. consolation contest on Thursday.
In USCAA Division II play, the University of Maine at Machias men play Berkeley (N.Y.) in a first-round game that begins at 5:30 p.m. The 22-9 Clippers of coach Brac Brady are seeded ninth and face a Berkeley squad (16-8) that is No. 8.
The winner advances to Thursday’s 4 p.m. quarterfinal against No. 1 Central (Pa.), 16-8. The loser moves into the consolation round for Thursday’s 3:15 p.m. contest against the loser of the first-round game between No. 7 St. Joseph’s of Vermont (22-8) and No. 10 host Penn State-Fayette (11-16).
Eastern Maine Community College of Bangor opens play with a Thursday quarterfinal. Coach Steven Rich’s sixth-seeded Golden Eagles (22-5) take on No. 3 Andrews (Mich.), 23-5, in a noon game.
If victorious, EMCC moves into a Friday 2 p.m. semifinal against an undetermined opponent. A loss sends the Golden Eagles to an 11 a.m. consolation contest on Friday.
All of the games can be viewed live on the USCAA website under the championships tab for either Men’s Division I Basketball or Men’s Division II Basketball. Live statistics and other information also are available on that site.