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Maryland Eastern Shore Basketball: Previewing the Morgan State Bears

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Freshman Cameron Bacote has been thrust into a starring role with Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2017-18, and will look to lead the Hawks past Morgan State in their MEAC opener on Wednesday night. (Source: Maryland-Eastern Shore Athletics) (Header: The Baltimore Sun)

BALTIMORE, Md. — Wednesday marks the beginning of conference play for teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and what a time it is!

The MEAC is often the butt end of jokes around the college basketball landscape, as it is regarded as one of the worst conferences in the country. Entering Wednesday night, all 13 teams in the conference have sub-.500 records, and nine teams have double digit losses after non-conference play. The Coppin State Eagles are still looking for their first win of the year (0-15).

With all the negativity surrounding the conference, there is plenty of talent to be had across the board. Star freshmen emerged early in the 2017-18 season, and the top scoring guard from last season has picked up right where he left off, despite playing just three games this year.

On Wednesday, a pair of those star freshmen lead their team into battle against a team with the top inside-out duo in the conference. Freshmen Cameron Bacote and Miryne Thomas lead the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks into Baltimore for a Wednesday night match-up with Tiwian Kendley and the Morgan State Bears.

The Bears are looking to end a seven game losing streak, while the Hawks are looking to build off a win in their last outing. Both teams were projected to finish in the top six in the preseason polls, so Wednesday night will be a test for both programs.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the first of two meetings this season between Maryland Eastern Shore and Morgan State.
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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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Mondays in the MEAC: Preseason Player of the Year power rankings

In 2016-17, his first season with Bethune-Cookman, Brandon Tabb averaged a team-high 17.8 points per contest.

CALGARY, Alta. — Mondays are usually the least exciting day of the week, but we’re setting out to change that.

At College Court Report, Mondays are now all about the MEAC. Each week, we will release our ‘Mondays in the MEAC’ feature article, which will feature the happenings from the previous seven days in the conference.

From news and game recaps, to player and team profiles, we will keep you updated with what is happening for all 13 teams.

This week, the feature debuts, and we decided to look at who has the best chance to take home the Player of the Year award at year’s end.

On Sunday, we released a poll that asked fans who they thought would take home the award. We were flooded with write-in votes for players all across the conference, but the votes winner may come as a bit of a surprise to some.

Here’s the first edition of the MEAC Player of the Year Power Rankings. Several stat stuffers from last season are on the list, with the conference’s reigning leading scorer atop the list to kick things off.
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Ten players to know for the 2017-18 season: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Florida A&M’s Marcus Barham is just one of ten players who you should get to know from the MEAC in advance of the 2017-18 season. (Source: Tallahassee Democrat)

CALGARY, Alta. — The 2017 NBA Draft is coming up in just over a week, which means it’s time to start looking towards the 2017-18 college basketball season.

The off-season following the 2016-17 season has been a hectic one, to say the least. Hundreds of players have changed programs, while a couple hundred still haven’t made their transfer decisions. There have been several key coaching changes, with the most recent one being Chris Holtmann to the Ohio State Buckeyes, and then LaVall Jordan to the Butler Bulldogs.

With all of the changes that have happened, it’s tough to keep up with everything. Which is why, over the next month or so, we are going to be highlighting ten players to watch in each conference for the upcoming season.

From the power conferences, down to the lowest of the low-majors, we will look at each and every conference and highlight players who are set to become household names this year.

Up first, we visit a conference that is one of our personal favourites: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Last season, several youngsters emerged onto the scene as bonafide stars in their first year in Division I. Add them to a healthy dose of experienced players, and there’s a ton of talent from top to bottom in the MEAC in 2017-18.

Here are ten players from the MEAC to take note of in advance of the 2017-18 season.
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RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66

Ryan Andino hit a three to cap off an 8-0 run for Eastern Shore with under two minutes to play, propelling the Hawks to the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)
Ryan Andino scored 13 points on Thursday night, and Maryland-Eastern Shore used an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to come away with the 67-66 win over Morgan State in their regular season finale. (Source: Delmarva Now)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — Coming into Thursday night’s regular season finale in the MEAC, there were several different scenarios that could play out for both the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks and the Morgan State Bears.

A win for the Bears would secure them the second seed in the conference tournament. Due to the Norfolk State Spartans being idle, the Bears would have made it a two-way tie for second spot with a 12-4 conference record. However, the Bears beat the Spartans back at the beginning of conference play, thus holding the tie-breaker.

As for the Hawks, regardless of how the game played out for them, they had secured the fifth seed in the MEAC Tournament. A loss, coupled with wins from a pair of other teams, would have created a three-way tie for sixth. The Hawks held the tiebreaker, thus Eastern Shore having secured the six seed.

Note: the Savannah State Tigers are ineligible for post-season play this season due to low APR scores.

Both teams were looking to ride the momentum of a win into the conference tournament. On their Seniors Night, the Hawks wanted to send their graduating players off to the post-season on a high note.

The game came down to the wire, but it was a sharp-shooting junior who ultimately sent the Hawks to the win.

A late three from Dontae Caldwell capped off a late 8-0 run for the Hawks, and they held on for the 67-66 victory to close out the regular season. Continue reading RECAP: Maryland-Eastern Shore sneaks by Morgan State in regular season finale, 67-66