Charlotte, NC (September 29, 2017) – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) prepares for its 2018 Women's and Men's Basketball Tournament with the release of a new tournament format.

The CIAA's tournament restructure ensures student-athlete welfare for all its women's and men's basketball teams with built-in rest days for participants. Women's and men's teams will continue to be seeded 1-6 by division for a full tournament slate of 24 teams and 22 games. However, the conference's new format limits the number of games played consecutively, ensuring that no team will play 5 days in a row. In the conference's previous tournament format, it was possible for a men's basketball team to begin competition Tuesday and play each day until advancing to the championship on Saturday.

The new basketball format also accommodates playing time in both of the CIAA's tournament venues, distributing women's and men's contests evenly between Bojangles' Coliseum and Spectrum Center. The full women's and men's tournament brackets will be released at a later date.


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