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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 Hampton Pirates

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Jermaine Marrow has picked up right where he left off after a stellar freshman campaign, leading Hampton in scoring, assists, and steals per game as a sophomore this season. (Source: 13 NEWS NOW)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The weather outside is frightful, at least for some on the East Coast of the United States right now.

A winter storm led to the closure of some schools on Friday, and some college basketball games have been rescheduled due to the high amounts of snow that have fallen in recent days. When you add in the wind chill and the cold weather warnings, it makes for a frigid time outdoors.

Luckily, the heaters will be on inside Hytche Arena on Saturday afternoon for college basketball action, as the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks host the Hampton Pirates in MEAC play. Both teams come in looking for their first conference win, and Saturday marks the MEAC opener for the Pirates.

The 2017-18 season is the last for Hampton in the MEAC, as they will be making a move to the Big South Conference come the 2018-19 campaign. A win over the Hawks on the road would be a great way to kick off their final season in the league as they have their sights set on the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Saturday’s tilt between Hampton and Maryland Eastern Shore. Continue reading Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the Hampton Pirates

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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Morgan State holds off South Florida, 63-53, for first win of 2017-18

Phillip Carr recorded 10 points on Monday, and was one of three Morgan State players to score in double-figures in the Bears’ 63-53 win over South Florida. (Source: Baltimore Press Box) (Header: Morgan State Athletics)

TAMPA, Fl. — For the second game in a row, the Morgan State Bears were without leading scorer Tiwian Kendley as they concluded their mini two-game road trip to open the 2017-18 season.

This time, the Bears came out on top.

Morgan State fell on the road to the Binghamton Bearcats on Friday night, 76-59. Phillip Carr and Stanley Davis led the way in the loss, both scoring in double-figures.

On Monday night, the Bears were in Tampa, Florida for a date with the South Florida Bulls. Once again, they were without Kendley in the lineup. However, they didn’t need him this time around, as a fresh face stepped up and led the Bears to their first win of the season.

Freshman guard LaPri McCray-Pace scored a game-high 15 points for the Bears, leading Morgan State to their first win of the season with a 63-53 decision over South Florida. Continue reading Morgan State holds off South Florida, 63-53, for first win of 2017-18

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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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Zaynah Robinson is one of several players who could win MEAC Player of the Year come the end of the 2017-18 season.

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Year after year, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference often gets overlooked by media and fans alike. However, when you look at the 13 teams that make up the conference, there are talented players all across the league, with the vast majority of players going underappreciated outside of their school fan bases.

In 2017-18, the conference is loaded with a plethora of talented guards, as evident by our Preseason All-MEAC teams.

Below, you can find our pick for Preseason MEAC Player of the Year, and our All-MEAC teams!

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