The 2023 CIAA tournament is Feb. 21-25 at the CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. It will mark the second straight year the tournament is held in Baltimore. Both the men’s and women’s championships are held simultaneously.

Here’s more about the event, including how to watch, how to qualify and the schedule of events.

CIAA tournament teams

Below you’ll find a list of CIAA teams:

CIAA North DivisionCIAA South Division
Bowie StateClaflin
Elizabeth City StateFayetteville State
Lincoln (PA)Johnson C. Smith
Virginia StateSt. Augustine’s
Virginia UnionWinston-Salem State

How to watch the 2023 CIAA tournament

The 2023 CIAA men’s and women’s tournaments will air on the ESPN family of networks.

What are the latest CIAA standings?

Click or tap here to view the latest men’s CIAA basketball standings. Click or tap here to view the latest women’s CIAA basketball standings. The standings will be updated throughout the season.

HISTORY: The CIAA tournament is a gold mine of college basketball history

How the tournament field is selected

The 2023 CIAA tournament features all 12 CIAA teams. Regular season results determine the seeding in the CIAA tournament bracket, which is seeded 1-12 based on conference winning percentage. The tournament is a single-elimination bracket with four rounds. The top four seeds receive opening-round byes.

In the opening round, the No. 8 seed plays the No. 9 seed with the winner advancing to play the No. 1 seed. The No. 5 seed plays the No. 12 seed with the winner advancing to play the No. 4 seed. The No. 6 seed plays the No. 11 seed with the winner advancing to play the No. 3 seed. The No. 7 seed plays the No. 10 seed with the winner advancing to play the No. 2 seed.

The bracket does not reseed teams after wins.

What are some events surrounding the CIAA tournament?

The CIAA tournament will have plenty of festivities and events surrounding the tournament including, but not limited to a fan fest, career expo, a financial summit and community service initiatives.

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Stan Becton
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