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CIAA 2014: The basketball 

In case you run into someone who actually came for the games, this should help you play along


We've all had to nod and smile politely when someone drags you down a wormhole on a subject you know nothing about. In the off-chance you run into someone who actually came to CI for the basketball, this should help you play along:


Headliner: About that ... With no clear-cut favorite, we'd roll with Fayetteville State over Lincoln University (Pa.). Both are division leaders, but the title is honestly up for grabs.

Slept-On: Winston-Salem State. The Rams have been up and down, but consistently find themselves in close games. They won't be an easy out for anyone.

At The Club First: Virginia Union. The former powerhouse has been in the cellar all season, and hopefully have time to hit a party or two in the Queen City after making an early exit.

Must-See: Livingstone. The Blue Bears average almost 10 points a game more than any other team and have scored more than 100 points four times this year.

If All Goes Well: Johnson C. Smith will make some noise behind talented junior Emilio Parks, one of the CIAA's leading scorers and rebounders. That'll give Charlotteans a reason to keep an eye on the games.


Headliner: Virginia State. The nationally ranked Trojans are undefeated in conference play.

Slept-On: Fayetteville State. While Virginia State has earned all the attention it's getting, the Lady Broncos have quietly rolled through CIAA regular-season play virtually unscathed.

At The Club First: Elizabeth City State. The lowly Lady Vikings have been pretty dismal all year and even more woeful on the road.

Must-See: Ashle Freeman, Virginia Union. It's hard to miss her. She leads the conference in minutes and points per game.

If All Goes Well: Someone will rise up and make Virginia State's run to the NCAA tournament look harder than the Super Bowl was for the Seahawks.

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