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2016-17 Conference Previews: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Bakari Copeland will take on a lead role for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in 2016-17 with the departure of both Devin Martin and Dominique Elliott. Can he lead the Hawks back into contention in the competitive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference?
Bakari Copeland (21) will take on a lead role for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in 2016-17 with the departure of both Devin Martin and Dominique Elliott. Can he lead the Hawks back into contention in the competitive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference?

Over the past two seasons, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has been dominated by one team: theĀ Hampton Pirates.

The Pirates have represented the conference in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments, and they won a conference-best 13 games in MEAC play a season ago. Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Pirates have their sights set on a three-peat, while the other 12 teams will be looking to knock them from atop the conference hierarchy.

There are a handful of teams who have the talent and experience in place to knock off the Pirates atop the MEAC. From top to bottom, this year’s race for the MEAC crown will be one of the more competitive races across the NCAA. With talent scattered all over the conference, any team can win on any given night in 2016-17.
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Looking Ahead: Five Underrated Mid-Major Stars to Keep an Eye on in 2015-16

Through hard work and determination, Kris Yanku has become an important piece of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. In 2015-16, Yanku will look to have a breakout season and lead Northern Arizona to an NCAA Tournament berth. (Source: Mid-Major Madness)
Through hard work and determination, Kris Yanku has become an important piece of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. In 2015-16, Yanku will look to have a breakout season and lead Northern Arizona to an NCAA Tournament berth. (Source: Mid-Major Madness)

Division I men’s basketball is composed of 351 teams, meaning that there are more than 4,000 players in the country (based on an approximation of 12 players per roster x 351 teams = 4,212). With this, many of the standout talents excel on the courts and can remain relatively anonymous.

For players at smaller schools, it usually takes a Herculean performance in the regular season, or a splash in the NCAA Tournament, to garner any sort of regular attention on the national stage.

They put up better stat lines than many players who play at some of the power conferences, albeit against weaker competition, but it’s as though these players don’t exist until they do something “big”.

One would call these so-called underrated players stars of the mid-major conferences. Just because they play in smaller conferences doesn’t mean they don’t have the talents to succeed and play at a high level.

We have compiled a list of our Top Five Underrated Mid-Major Stars that you need to keep an eye on for the 2015-16 season. The players on the list have put up big-time numbers and are integral pieces for their respective teams, but they simply do not garner the attention they deserve.
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