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Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

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Kobe Gantz played just seven games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. If healthy, Gantz will be one of the biggest names in the MEAC in 2018-19. (Source: Newsday) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

SARNIA, Ont. — The 2018-19 season is just around the corner, and excitement continues to build with each passing day.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at names to know in each conference across the NCAA to help fans get caught up with who is returning this season, and give them some underrated names to know for the 2018-19 campaign. The biggest names in each conference won’t necessarily be featured, as the goal is to bring attention to some underrated talents across the country.

Changes are coming in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and they begin to take place in 2018-19.

The Hampton Pirates have moved to the Big South Conference, ending their tenure in the MEAC, and they will begin play in their new conference this season. Then, at year’s end, the Savannah State Tigers will move down to Division II, leaving the MEAC at 11 teams for the time being.

Add in player turnover, and you have 12 teams in 2018-19 that look considerably different than they did a season ago. Star players have graduated, while several others have transferred out of the conference. With all of the changes that have taken place, it’s tough to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Here are 10 returning players to know in the MEAC before the 2018-19 season gets underway on November 6th, 2018.

Note: Names like Shawntrez Davis, Raasean Davis, Charles Williams and RJ Cole weren’t listed because people should be familiar with their names by now. Continue reading Take Note: Ten Underrated Names to Watch in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2018-19

Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the Morgan State Bears

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Freshman Cameron Bacote has been thrust into a starring role with Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2017-18, and will look to lead the Hawks past Morgan State in their MEAC opener on Wednesday night. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics) (Header: The Baltimore Sun)

BALTIMORE, Md. — Wednesday marks the beginning of conference play for teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and what a time it is!

The MEAC is often the butt end of jokes around the college basketball landscape, as it is regarded as one of the worst conferences in the country. Entering Wednesday night, all 13 teams in the conference have sub-.500 records, and nine teams have double digit losses after non-conference play. The Coppin State Eagles are still looking for their first win of the year (0-15).

With all the negativity surrounding the conference, there is plenty of talent to be had across the board. Star freshmen emerged early in the 2017-18 season, and the top scoring guard from last season has picked up right where he left off, despite playing just three games this year.

On Wednesday, a pair of those star freshmen lead their team into battle against a team with the top inside-out duo in the conference. Freshmen Cameron Bacote and Miryne Thomas lead the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks into Baltimore for a Wednesday night match-up with Tiwian Kendley and the Morgan State Bears.

The Bears are looking to end a seven game losing streak, while the Hawks are looking to build off a win in their last outing. Both teams were projected to finish in the top six in the preseason polls, so Wednesday night will be a test for both programs.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the first of two meetings this season between Maryland Eastern Shore and Morgan State.
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RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66

Ryan Andino hit a three to cap off an 8-0 run for Eastern Shore with under two minutes to play, propelling the Hawks to the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)
Ryan Andino scored 13 points on Thursday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore used an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to come away with the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Coming into Thursday night’s regular season finale in the MEAC, there were several different scenarios that could play out for both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and the Morgan State Bears.

A win for the Bears would secure them the second seed in the conference tournament. Due to the Norfolk State Spartans being idle, the Bears would have made it a two-way tie for second spot with a 12-4 conference record. However, the Bears beat the Spartans back at the beginning of conference play, thus holding the tie-breaker.

As for the Hawks, regardless of how the game played out for them, they had secured the fifth seed in the MEAC Tournament. A loss, coupled with wins from a pair of other teams, would have created a three-way tie for sixth. The Hawks held the tiebreaker, thus Eastern Shore having secured the six seed.

Note: the Savannah State Tigers are ineligible for post-season play this season due to low APR scores.

Both teams were looking to ride the momentum of a win into the conference tournament. On their Seniors Night, the Hawks wanted to send their graduating players off to the post-season on a high note.

The game came down to the wire, but it was a sharp-shooting junior who ultimately sent the Hawks to the win.

A late three from Dontae Caldwell capped off a late 8-0 run for the Hawks, and they held on for the 67-66 victory to close out the regular season. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66