CALGARY, Alta. — Another Monday has arrived, and with it comes more news from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The 2017-18 season is another week closer, and things are slowly starting to fall into place for teams all across the country. Schedules are coming out, and we are getting a clearer picture as to how things will play out as the road to March Madness gets underway on November 10th.
A quiet week on the recruiting trail for the MEAC doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about.
CALGARY, Alta. — Mondays are usually the least exciting day of the week, but we’re setting out to change that.
At College Court Report, Mondays are now all about the MEAC. Each week, we will release our ‘Mondays in the MEAC’ feature article, which will feature the happenings from the previous seven days in the conference.
From news and game recaps, to player and team profiles, we will keep you updated with what is happening for all 13 teams.
This week, the feature debuts, and we decided to look at who has the best chance to take home the Player of the Year award at year’s end.
On Sunday, we released a poll that asked fans who they thought would take home the award. We were flooded with write-in votes for players all across the conference, but the votes winner may come as a bit of a surprise to some.
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CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 NBA Draft is coming up in just over a week, which means it’s time to start looking towards the 2017-18 college basketball season.
The off-season following the 2016-17 season has been a hectic one, to say the least. Hundreds of players have changed programs, while a couple hundred still haven’t made their transfer decisions. There have been several key coaching changes, with the most recent one being Chris Holtmann to the Ohio State Buckeyes, and then LaVall Jordan to the Butler Bulldogs.
With all of the changes that have happened, it’s tough to keep up with everything. Which is why, over the next month or so, we are going to be highlighting ten players to watch in each conference for the upcoming season.
From the power conferences, down to the lowest of the low-majors, we will look at each and every conference and highlight players who are set to become household names this year.
Up first, we visit a conference that is one of our personal favourites: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Last season, several youngsters emerged onto the scene as bonafide stars in their first year in Division I. Add them to a healthy dose of experienced players, and there’s a ton of talent from top to bottom in the MEAC in 2017-18.
NORFOLK, Va. — College basketball is a 40-minute game.
On Thursday night, both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and Hampton Pirates proved that to be true in their quarter-final match-up in the MEAC Tournament.
With a spot in the semifinals on the line, and a date against the top-seed North Carolina Central Eagles, it was a tale of two halves for both teams.
An early run from the Hawks highlighted a big first half for Maryland-Eastern Shore, which led to a nine-point lead at the break. In the second half, a lengthy run for the Pirates gave them a one-point lead in the closing minutes.
As expected, the game came down to the final possession. After the Hawks took a two-point lead on a layup from Logan McIntosh with 12 seconds to play, the Pirates had one last chance to force overtime, or take a win.
Lawrence Cooks missed a three pointer with three ticks on the clock, but the Pirates grabbed the rebound. Trevond Barnes got a layup to fall for Hampton, but the buzzer had sounded.
HAMPTON, Va. — For the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, the 2016-17 season has had its fair share of ups and downs.
The season started out with seven straight losses, and they didn’t get their first win over a Division I school until December 21st against the UTEP Miners. That started a three-game winning streak, and the Hawks would replicate that once more in MEAC play.
On the flip side, the Pirates came into Wednesday having won their last outing, a 77-65 decision over the Coppin State Eagles that ended their three-game losing skid.
Both the Pirates and Hawks came into the game at 4-3 overall in MEAC play, so it was bound to be a tight contest right down to the wire.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair. Hampton took a 66-65 lead with 27 seconds left, but the Hawks still had two chances to win the game. After a pair of missed free throws from the Pirates, the Hawks put up one last shot at the buzzer.
With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.