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

Gantz, Kobe
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

Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Homesley, Caleb
Caleb Homesley had a game-high 16 points to help lead Liberty past North Carolina A&T in the opener of the 2018 CIT. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The NCAA Tournament doesn’t get underway until Tuesday night with a pair of First Four games in Dayton, but post-season basketball took place on Monday afternoon and evening.

At 12:00pm EST, the 10th edition of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament got underway in Fort Wayne, IN. Four games were scheduled for Monday in the First Round of the 20-team event, all featuring schools from outside of the power conferences.

In Lynchburg, VA, the Liberty Flames played host to the North Carolina A&T Aggies to kick off the post-season for both teams. Equipped with identical 20-14 records, both teams were looking to pick up a win and advance into the second round of the tournament next week.

All season, the Flames have had one of the nation’s top scoring defenses, and they made things extremely tough for the Aggies on Monday night. Liberty held North Carolina A&T to their lowest offensive output of the season, and rolled to the 65-52 win over the Aggies in the Jim Phelan Classic. Continue reading Defense Propels Liberty Past North Carolina A&T, 65-52

Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament

Olujobi, Femi
Junior Femi Olujobi (25) was one of the biggest breakout stars in the country this season, and was a key piece in the run to the semi-finals of the MEAC Tournament for North Carolina A&T. (Source: NCAT Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The 2017-18 season is extended for at least one more game for a pair of teams who put together impressive runs during the regular season and conference tournaments.

Monday marks the start of postseason tournament basketball across the NCAA, as the 10th anniversary of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) will begin play with a slew of games across the country. Programs from outside of the power conferences who weren’t selected for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT make up the field and will vie for the tournament title.

Earlier this week, the Liberty Flames accepted an invitation into the 2018 CIT, and they learned who their first opponent would be on Saturday. The Flames will welcome the North Carolina A&T Aggies to Lynchburg, VA on Monday night, with tip-off scheduled for 6:00pm EST.

The game is an intriguing match-up, and both teams are coming off of lengthy runs in their conference tournaments. Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday night’s tilt between the Flames and the Aggies. Continue reading Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament

College Court Report Player of the Week: Femi Olujobi, North Carolina A&T Aggies

The play of Femi Olujobi has been one of the best surprises to start the season, as the junior forward is averaging 30.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game over four games at North Carolina A&T. (Source: North Carolina A&T Sports Information) (Header: North Carolina A&T Sports Information)

CANMORE, Alta. — Last season, they won a total of three games, with their third win not coming until March 2nd, which was the regular season finale.

This season, they were picked to finish last in the MEAC in the conference preseason poll. Based on how they’ve played over their first four games, it’s safe to say that the North Carolina A&T Aggies have used all of that as motivation to prove people wrong.

As the month of November moves along, the Aggies sit at 3-1 after the first ten days of the season. They’ve already matched last season’s win total in the span of a week and a half. North Carolina A&T has been one of the bigger surprises so far this season, and they show no signs of slowing down.

A big reason for their quick turnaround has been the play of junior forward Femi Olujobi, who is in his first year with the program after transferring from the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.

He opened his career with the Aggies by scoring 34 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, and he has scored at least 20 points in all four games this season. This past week was no different, as he led the Aggies to a pair of wins to push their record to 3-1.

For his efforts over the past seven days, a stretch that saw him post a career-high 37 points and record his second double-double of the year, North Carolina A&T forward Femi Olujobi has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 13 – 19, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Femi Olujobi, North Carolina A&T Aggies

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: Norfolk State releases their full schedule, inter-conference rivalries, and more

Zaynah Robinson and the Norfolk State Spartans will open the 2017-18 season on the road against the Auburn Tigers.

CALGARY, Alta. — Another week has quickly come and gone, which means opening day for the 2017-18 season is just over three months away.

November 10th cannot come soon enough, as we feel that we have waited long enough for college basketball to come back into our lives. Several teams are embarking on international exhibition tours, which gives us a small sample of college basketball in early August.

This past week, we had a bit more action in and around the MEAC. We saw our first full schedule released from the conference for the 2017-18 season, which provided some more insight into the MEAC pairings for other teams in the conference.

One team picked up a late commitment from a class of 2017 point guard to bolster their back court rotation, and we took a Twitter question and gave our own take on it.

Here’s what you may have missed from the last seven days in the MEAC.
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