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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

Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

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Former Colorado big man Tory Miller-Stewart played just six games in 2017-18 before sustaining a season-ending injury. (Source: The Ralphie Report) (Header: The Advocate)

SARNIA, Ont. — Experience goes a long way in today’s college basketball.

A team can have all the talent in the world, but if they don’t have those veteran players that the younger ones can lean on during tough times, that could lead to an early exit from the NCAA Tournament or a rough stretch during the regular season. It could mean the difference between making the field of 68 or missing out on the Big Dance altogether.

As the off-season continues to move along, players on the transfer market are committing to their new programs for next season and beyond. With each passing day, it seems as though names are being added to the transfer list, while others are taking their names off the list with their school announcements.

With the high turnover, it’s become somewhat confusing to keep track of who is still on the market and who has committed. There are still a ton of talented players on the market, taking visits and determining the best course of action for the next chapter of their basketball careers.

In terms of the seniors who transferred following the 2017-18 season, the big names like Ehab Amin, Tre Campbell, Christen Cunningman, Ar’Mond Davis, and Zaynah Robinson are all of the market. However, there are still some intriguing options left that could be key role players for several teams across the country.

Here are the top 10 remaining senior transfers for the 2018-19, all of whom are immediately eligible for the upcoming season. Continue reading Top Ten Uncommitted Transfers: Seniors, May 14th

Second Half Run Propels Bethune-Cookman to 86-80 Win Over South Carolina State

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Shawntrez Davis posted 17 points and 12 rebounds on Wednesday night for his eighth double-double of the season. (Source: Bethune-Cookman Athletics) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — They had to sweat it out a little bit, but the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats opened the 2018 calendar year on the right foot with an 86-80 win over the visiting South Carolina State Bulldogs in the MEAC opener for both teams.

Wednesday night was a game of runs for both teams, as South Carolina State used a 14-5 run to close the first half to take a 10-point lead into the break. Then, in the second frame, Bethune-Cookman used a 13-0 run to claw their way back before the midway point to make things interesting.

From there, things were back and forth before Jeffrey Altidort put the home side ahead for good with under five minutes to play. Altidort’s three pointer with 4:53 left on the clock gave the Wildcats a 72-71 lead, and they wouldn’t trail the rest of the way.

Bethune-Cookman put an end to their four game losing streak with the six point win on their home court to ring in the New Year in proper fashion. Continue reading Second Half Run Propels Bethune-Cookman to 86-80 Win Over South Carolina State

Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the South Carolina State Bulldogs

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Janai Raynor-Powell and the South Carolina State Bulldogs look to end a two-game skid when they visit the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Wednesday night in the MEAC opener for both programs. (Source: The Times and Democrat) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2017 calendar year is nothing but a distant memory.

With 2018 now in full swing, both the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the South Carolina State Bulldogs are hoping that the New Year brings with it new fortunes on the hardwood. Both teams struggled to close out 2017 and non-conference play, and they are hoping that they can get back on the right track in the New Year.

The Wildcats lost four straight games to close out the year, and have lost six of their last seven outings overall. As for the Bulldogs, they come into Wednesday night riding a two game losing streak of their own following a two game winning streak, and are hoping to get back to their winning ways.

With the match-up marking the start of MEAC play for both teams, there’s no better time than right now to get a win and build some momentum as the grind of conference play gets under way.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Wednesday’s tilt between South Carolina State and Bethune-Cookman.  Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Basketball: Previewing the South Carolina State Bulldogs

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: Teams face tough non-conference slates, North Carolina Central reloads, and more

LeVelle Moton has reloaded the North Carolina Central Eagles for 2017-18, as they aim to defend their MEAC title. (Source: Alchetron)

CALGARY, Alta. — Another Monday has arrived, and with it comes more news from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The 2017-18 season is another week closer, and things are slowly starting to fall into place for teams all across the country. Schedules are coming out, and we are getting a clearer picture as to how things will play out as the road to March Madness gets underway on November 10th.

A quiet week on the recruiting trail for the MEAC doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about.

From an intriguing home-and-home series to the defending champions reloading their roster, here’s how things are shaping up for the 2017-18 campaign.
Continue reading Monday’s in the MEAC: Teams face tough non-conference slates, North Carolina Central reloads, and more