Bobcats to face Wheeling Jesuit in first-round of Mountain East Conference basketball tournament

BUCKHANNON – The seedings and pairings for the 2019 Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament were finalized after play on Saturday and the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats will enter post-season play as the No. 8 seed.

West Virginia Wesleyan, under the direction of head coach Jack Meriwether, will entertain the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals Wednesday at 8:15 p.m.

The Bobcats (11-17) earned a split with the Cardinals (8-20)  during the regular season.

Wesleyan bested the Cardinals in Wheeling back on Nov. 17 by a 78-60 score, but the Cardinals returned the favor beating the ‘Cats on their home floor last weekend by a 75-66 score.

The ‘Cats will enter the game being led by junior forward Dusan Vicentic who leads Wesleyan in scoring with 14.3 points per game and junior guard Luka Petrovic who ended the year leading the MEC in assists (5.9 per game) and steals (2.5 per game).

The ‘Cats will also turn to senior forward Fred Brondsted and junior guard Clay Todd for scoring assistance.

Brondsted, coming off a 28-point effort against Glenville State Saturday, averages 13.1 points per game while Todd also puts in 13.1 points per game.

Wesleyan will hope for the same defensive efforts they have seen throughout the regular season as they lead the MEC in scoring defense, allowing just 73.7 points per game.

The top 10 teams qualify for the MEC tournament at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, with the top six seeds earning byes. West Liberty, the No. 1 seed for the tournament, captured its fifth regular season title in the last six years earlier in the week. West Liberty is looking for just its second MEC Tournament title, though, after having won the title in 2017.

Fairmont State is the No. 2 seed, followed by Notre Dame, Charleston and Concord. West Virginia State won the tiebreaker over Shepherd for the No. 6 seed and the final first-round bye.

The Rams have the No. 7 seed while Wesleyan is eighth and Wheeling Jesuit is ninth and UVa-Wise took the final spot by virtue of a tiebreaker with a season sweep of Glenville State.

The Cavaliers will take on Shepherd in the other first round clash.

MEC Tournament Seeds

1. West Liberty (24-3, 20-2)

2. Fairmont State (21-7, 18-4)

3. Notre Dame (20-8, 16-6)

4. Charleston (20-8, 15-7)

5. Concord (19-9, 14-8)

6. W.Va. State (12-16, 9-13)

7. Shepherd (13-15, 9-13)

8. W.Va. Wesleyan (11-17, 8-14)

9. Wheeling Jesuit (8-20, 7-15)

10. UVa-Wise (9-19, 6-16)

MEC First Round Games

(Wednesday, March 6)

6 p.m.: #7 Shepherd vs. #10 UVa-Wise

8:15 p.m.: #8 W.Va. Wesleyan vs. #9 Wheeling Jesuit

MEC Quarterfinal Games

(Friday, March 8)

Noon: #2 Fairmont State vs. #7/10 Winner

2:15 p.m.: #3 Notre Dame   vs. #6 W.Va. State

6 p.m.: #1 West Liberty vs. #8/9 Winner

8:15 p.m.: #4 Charleston  vs. #5 Concord

MEC Semifinal Games

(Saturday, March 8)

6 p.m.: #1/8/9 vs. # 4/5

8:15 p.m.: #2/7 vs. # 3/6

MEC Championship

(Sunday, March 9)

4 p.m.: Championship

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