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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

Bethune-Cookman Rolls Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67

Davis, Shawntrez
Shawntrez Davis finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday afternoon, helping to lead Bethune-Cookman to the 20-point win over Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The race for the regular season crown in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is shaping up to be a three-horse race between the Savannah State TigersNorth Carolina A&T Aggies, and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats.

On Saturday, the Wildcats were looking to keep pace with the Tigers and Aggies atop the league, as they came into the day in third spot. Bethune-Cookman welcomed the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks to town, who were looking to play the role of spoiler on the road.

It was the second of two regular season meetings between the two programs in 2017-18. Back on January 8th, the Wildcats picked up an 89-84 win over the Hawks in Princess Anne, MD.

Eastern Shore was looking for a bit of redemption, but the Wildcats had other ideas.

The Hawks trailed for most of the day, but managed to get within two points at the midway point of the second half. From there, Bethune-Cookman kicked things into high gear, pulling away for the 87-67 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore to keep pace atop the MEAC standings. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Rolls Maryland-Eastern Shore, 87-67

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

Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

Tabb, Brandon
Brandon Tabb scored a game-high 18 points, and Bethune-Cookman picked up a 74-62 win over Stetson in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DELAND, Fla. — Rivalry games in the midst of conference play add another element of excitement to the 2017-18 season.

On Monday, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Stetson Hatters took to the hardwood in the latest installment of the Volusia County Rivalry. Behind an offensive attack that saw four players score in double figures, the Wildcats never trailed and picked up the 74-62 road win over the Hatters.

It was the fifth straight win overall for the Wildcats, who have now matched their win total from all of last season (10).

Monday marked the 12th meeting since the 2007-08 season between the Hatters and Wildcats, with Stetson holding a 7-4 record over that span. The loss for Stetson was just their second over the last six meetings between the two schools.

Bethune-Cookman scored the first basket of the day, and with the exception of a 2-2 tie, they held a lead for the entirety of the contest. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Reigns Supreme in Volusia County With 74-62 Win Over Stetson

Stetson, Bethune-Cookman Break From Conference Play for Annual Rivalry Game

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Senior guard Divine Myles has had himself a stellar career at Stetson, and he’s looking to add another win over Bethune-Cookman to his resume on Monday night. (Source: Stetson Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DELAND, Fla. — Rivalry games bring out the best in both teams, regardless of the time of year.

On Monday afternoon, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and Stetson Hatters get a break from their respective conference slates for a mid-January non-conference rivalry game. The two teams, separated by a mere 26-minute drive down US-92, will meet for the 12th time since the 2007-08 season.

The teams alternated wins and losses over the first five meetings. In recent years, the Hatters have dominated the rivalry. This season, both teams have nearly identical records, with Stetson having played one more game than Bethune-Cookman. With rosters looking considerably different than they did a season ago, Monday’s rivalry game promises to be another exciting chapter in the history books of the Hatters and Wildcats.

After meeting twice last season, it will be the only time the two meet this season. A win for either school would give them bragging rights until next season, when the two square off once again.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s rivalry game between the visiting Wildcats and host Hatters in DeLand, FL.
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Bethune-Cookman Rolls Past Florida A&M for Ninth Win, 99-81

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Isaiah Bailey came off the bench to record 19 points, six rebounds, and eight assists on Saturday in Bethune-Cookman’s 99-81 win over Florida A&M. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats came out of the gates strong on Saturday afternoon, and the Florida A&M Rattlers were never able to recover.

Bethune-Cookman had five players score at least 16 points, and they used an 11-0 out of the gate to put the Rattlers against the wall early. The Wildcats never trailed in their 99-81 win over Florida A&M on Saturday afternoon inside the historic Moore Gymnasium.

With the win, the Wildcats remain perfect in MEAC play, pushing their record to 4-0. The Rattlers fall to 1-3 in conference play, and have lost three straight.

All five players who scored 16 points or more for the Wildcats shot better than 50% from the field in the win. As a team, Bethune-Cookman shot 56.1% from the floor and 44.4% from three point range. On the contrary, the Rattlers shot 37.9% from the floor and just 25.0% from beyond the arc. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Rolls Past Florida A&M for Ninth Win, 99-81