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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

Ten Underrated Graduate Transfers for the 2018-19 Season

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After three years at Central Connecticut State, point guard Austin Nehls will take his talents to the MAC as a member of the Ball State Cardinals for the 2018-19 season. (Source: Mid-Major Madness) (Header: The Virginian-Pilot)

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s easy to be overlooked in today’s college basketball world.

According to Verbal Commits, over 700 players have transferred this season, and the list continues to grow with each passing day. Last season, a total of 885 players transferred to different schools across North America. Many fans and members of the media focus on the higher profile players, thus overlooking several players who will have significant impacts at smaller programs across the NCAA.

This off-season has been no different. All eyes tend to focus on the power conference schools, overlooking the vast majority of programs until the NCAA Tournament rolls around. However, there is a ton of talent on the move this season that will have a big impact on how the 2018-19 season plays out.

Several of this year’s transfers qualify as graduate transfers, meaning they’re eligible to play immediately for their new programs. The graduate transfer market has grown with each passing season, and the likes of the Nevada Wolf Pack and Xavier Musketeers have loaded up on talent by way of the graduate transfer market in recent years.

With such an extensive list of transfers out there, it’s tough to narrow lists down. Instead of listing the top graduate transfers for next season, we took a different approach. Here are 10 graduate transfers who have been overlooked this off-season, but will have a strong impact with their new programs throughout the 2018-19 season.
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Bethune-Cookman, Norfolk State Meet for the Second Time in 10 Days

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Steven Whitley (11.5 ppg) is one of seven players on Norfolk State’s roster who is averaging at least 8.0 points per game this season. (Source: Norfolk State Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NCAA Tournament is just over six weeks away, which means it’s now crunch time for all 351 teams in the country.

Conference play is halfway done for most leagues across the NCAA, and while several teams seem to have a firm grasp on top spot, there are a plethora of teams who are still within striking distance in their respective leagues. The level of parity in league play this season has been at an all-time high, which will lead to an exciting finish in almost every conference.

Monday pits two teams who are still in the hunt for the MEAC title against one another, as the Norfolk State Spartans visit the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats in Daytona Beach, FL. It marks the second of two meetings between the programs in a span of just 10 days. With both teams within 2.5 games of first place coming into Monday’s match-up, a win would go a long way for either team.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s MEAC tilt between Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman, Norfolk State Meet for the Second Time in 10 Days

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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Monday’s in the MEAC: Five can’t miss non-conference games featuring MEAC schools (so far)

Brandon Tabb and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will face off against Nick Dixon and UTRGV in non-conference play this season.

CALGARY, Alta. — It’s been a quiet couple of weeks in the MEAC.

Outside of schedule releases, the bulk of the action has died down in terms of player movement. The 2017-18 season is quickly approaching, and while the Hampton Pirates played exhibition games in Puerto Rico, we’re just itching for the regular season to finally get underway.

So, with more and more schedules being released with each passing day, we decided it was time to look at some of the best non-conference games for the year that feature teams from the MEAC. Now, not all of the 13 teams have released their non-conference slates as of yet, so this is a list that will undoubtedly be revised at a later date.

For now, here are the top five non-conference games that we can’t wait to see this season, in the latest edition of Monday’s in the MEAC. Continue reading Monday’s in the MEAC: Five can’t miss non-conference games featuring MEAC schools (so far)