Big day for Baltimore college hoops

March 15, 2008 | Drew Forrester

Three Baltimore teams will be playing for a berth in the NCAA tournament today – that’s the good news…or the GREAT news, actually.

The bad news?  Only two can advance.

Morgan State and Coppin State will meet in the MEAC Championship Game tonight at 8pm in Raleigh, NC, with the winner moving on to the NCAA Tournament.  The game will be televised on ESPN Classic.  Morgan State (14-2, MEAC regular season) beat Coppin State (7-9) last Thursday at Hill Field House to close out the ’07-08 campaign.  Morgan State knocked off Delaware State last night in the semi-finals, 61-55, while Coppin State disposed of #3 seed Norfolk State, 67-65. 

Meanwhile, the biggest college basketball game to be played in Baltimore since 1995 takes place today at 12 noon at UMBC’s RAC Arena when the Retrievers host Hartford in the America East Conference title game, with the winner earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.  The two teams met twice in the regular season, with each team winning by a single point on its home court.  The game at the RAC is sold out, but will be televised on ESPN2.

Best of luck to Randy Monroe, Todd Bozeman and Fang Mitchell.  One thing for sure — we KNOW at least one Baltimore college is going to be in the NCAA tournament this year…and we’re hoping for two.  That will make next Thursday and Friday a lot of fun.