New Jersey Athletic Conference to expand basketball tournaments | University

The New Jersey Board of Athletic Administrators has voted to expand this season’s New Jersey Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the league announced Friday.

The tournaments, which begin Feb. 19, will include all 10 schools in the conference this season. The conference cited continued disruptions to the schedule this season due to COVID-19.

Typically, the top six teams qualify for the men’s and women’s tournaments, with the top two teams each earning first-round byes.

The four lowest seeds from each will play first-round matches on February 19. The winners will advance to the eight-team quarter-finals, which will be played on February 22. The semi-finals will be played on February 24 and the league matches on February 22. 26.

The winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments will each win automatic bids for their respective NCAA tournaments.

The New Jersey City men and women each won the NJAC Tournament last season. The men beat Stockton 79-77 and the women beat Montclair State 64-60.

Through Thursday, Stockton and Rutgers-Newark’s men (8-2) and Rowan’s women (9-1) were atop their respective conference standings.

The Stockton Women (7-9, 5-5) host Ramapo at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Stockton men (13-3 overall) will host Ramapo at 1 p.m.

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