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Bethune-Cookman Hosts North Carolina Central in Top-Five MEAC Showdown

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Freshman Jordan Perkins has the look of a future star point guard in the MEAC as his career unfolds. (Source: HBCU Gameday) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — What a difference a year makes in the MEAC standings.

Last season, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats finished 10th in the league with a record of 6-10, while the North Carolina A&T Aggies finished in last place at 1-15. Both were projected to be towards the bottom of the standings in the preseason polls for the 2017-18 season, but they have managed to flip the script.

The Aggies (8-2) and Wildcats (7-3) sit second and third in the league standings in advance of Monday’s action, respectively, and will be looking to keep pace atop the league standings.

On the flip side, the North Carolina Central Eagles find themselves in some unfamiliar territory through 10 league games, as they sit in a tie for fifth spot at 6-4. After winning the tournament title a season ago, they are looking to return to the Big Dance.

Monday night pits the Wildcats and Eagles against one another for the only regular season meeting between the two programs in 2017-18. Both teams are looking to catch the Savannah State Tigers atop the conference standings, and while that’s no easy feat, a win for either program on Monday will go a long way as they continue the stretch run.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s top-five MEAC showdown between Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Hosts North Carolina Central in Top-Five MEAC Showdown

Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the North Carolina Central Eagles

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Ahmad Frost and the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks will look to end their four game slide on Monday night when they host the North Carolina Central Eagles. (Source: Delmarva Now) (Header: Getty Images)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Conference play is in full swing in the MEAC, and it’s been a surprising first three weeks to say the least.

After being picked ninth and 13th in the preseason polls, respectively, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and North Carolina A&T Aggies enter the new week atop the conference standings at 5-0. Both have winning streaks of at least five games, and have shown no signs of slowing down.

Nipping at their heels is a team that knows what it takes to win the conference title. Last year’s champion, the North Carolina Central Eagles, enter Monday night’s match-up with the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks at 4-1 in conference play. The Eagles will look to pick up another win and keep pace with the Wildcats and Aggies atop the standings.

As for the Hawks, they are looking to put an end to their losing streak and play the role of spoiler in the MEAC. At 1-5 in conference play, Eastern Shore comes into the day in 12th spot in the 13-team league. It’s the second of three straight home games for the Hawks, and they’ll be looking to give their fans something to cheer about.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s tilt between the Eagles and Hawks. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the North Carolina Central Eagles

Mondays in the MEAC: Five Can’t Miss Games on Opening Day

Pablo Rivas and the North Carolina Central Eagles have an opportunity to pick up a big road win in their season opener on Friday night. (Source: USA Today Sports)

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 college basketball season is less than a week away, which means it’s time to dust off a special weekly feature that is near and dear to my heart.

Monday’s in the MEAC is officially back in business.

The MEAC is constantly the butt-end of jokes for many on social media, but it hold a special place in my heart, for reasons I’m not entirely sure. Twelve of the conference’s 13 teams are eligible for the post-season this season, which means the race for the MEAC crown will be an exciting one.

That race kicks off on Friday, as all 13 teams are in action to open the 2017-18 season on November 10th. With the exception of the four teams who are taking on non-Division I opponents, every other team is on the road to open the year.

While playing on the road poses its challenges, it also provides teams with an opportunity to pick up a big win to kick things off on the right foot. Several teams in the MEAC have a realistic chance of pulling off a road win to open their season.

Below are five games that feature teams from the MEAC that you will want to keep an eye on as Friday night rolls along.
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Mondays in the MEAC: Preseason Player of the Year power rankings

In 2016-17, his first season with Bethune-Cookman, Brandon Tabb averaged a team-high 17.8 points per contest.

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.

Here’s the first edition of the MEAC Player of the Year Power Rankings. Several stat stuffers from last season are on the list, with the conference’s reigning leading scorer atop the list to kick things off.
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Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central

On Thursday, Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. committed to LeVelle Moton and the North Carolina Central Eagles. (Source: Larry Mcknigght Jr. (@L_Knight_LOE))

DURHAM, N.C. — Year after year, the North Carolina Central Eagles find themselves near the top of the MEAC standings, if not in first place.

This past season was more of the same, as the Eagles finished with a 13-3 record in conference play, and took home the regular season crown by a game over the Norfolk State Spartans. North Carolina Central then went on to win the MEAC Tournament, and represented the conference in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Looking ahead to the 2017-18 season, the Eagles were poised to take a step backwards with the loss of key personnel across the roster. Senior guards Pat ColeDajuan Graf, and Ron Trapps all graduated at season’s end, leaving big holes across the back court for the Eagles.

However, there’s an old saying that applies perfectly to the Eagles and head coach LeVelle Moton.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Across the country, Moton is considered one of the premier coaches in the NCAA, regardless of conference. He continually gets the best out of his players, and players want to play for a man of his caliber.

On Thursday, Moton and the Eagles added another piece to the puzzle for the 2017-18 season, filling a big hole in the back court in the process.

Former Wofford Terriers and Palm Beach State Panthers’ transfer guard Larry Mcknight Jr.  committed to play for the Eagles in 2017-18. Continue reading Palm Beach State transfer Larry Mcknight Jr. commits to North Carolina Central