The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2006 Basketball Tournament starts today and runs through Saturday.

Both the men's and women's games will be played at the RBC Center in Raleigh. The first round begins Tuesday.

Tickets for the games cost $100 for full ticket books for adults. Single-game tickets range from $8 for first-round games to $32 for the championship games. Ticket books and single-game tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or at the RBC Center box office.


Gospel concerts, comedy shows and step shows pepper the rest of the week. Among the highlights:

* Gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary will perform at the Progress Energy Center's Meymandi Hall on Tuesday.

* The 11 MEAC schools will host a college fair on Wednesday at the Progress Energy Building downtown.

* Radio personality Tom Joyner brings his live radio Sky Show to Memorial Auditorium at 6 a.m. on Friday.

For a complete list of events and ticket information, visit the tournament's Web site at www.MEACHOOPS.com.