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Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 7:01 pm
 

MEAC conference tourney preview

It’s tough out there for the MEAC. Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 65 teams, a rotating membership of teams from the SWAC, Patriot, Southland, Big South, MEAC and other low-RPI conferences have traditionally been slotted in the “and one” format. Now that there’s a First Four, that marginalization will likely only become worse.

Nonetheless, there’s a lot of history and pride going into these games, and intriguing coaches like Fang Mitchell and Todd Bozeman will be roaming the sidelines. This season has belonged to Bethune-Cookman (20-11, 13-3). Oddly enough, all three league losses came at home against other teams in the top four seeds, meaning that B-C put up a perfect road record in conference play, but couldn’t protect their own house. With Hampton (21-8, 11-5), Coppin State (16-13, 11-5) and Morgan State (15-13, 10-6) lying in wait on the road to the auto bid, perhaps it’s better that the tournament is played in Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC, far away from the Wildcats’ home floor in Daytona Beach, FL.

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Title game: 2:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 12 (ESPN2)

C.J. Reed of Bethune-CookmanBEST PLAYERS  

  1. C.J. Reed, Bethune-Cookman (right)
  2. Danny Agbelese, Hampton
  3. Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State

 

Conference RPI: 30

KenPom.com rating: 30

Sagarin rating: 30

NCAA Tournament Locks: None

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams: None

 

Last NCAA Tournament Appearance:

Bethune-Cookman: N/A

Hampton: 2006 (71-49 loss to Monmouth)

Coppin State: 2008 (69-60 loss to Mt. St. Mary’s)

Morgan State: 2010 (77-50 loss to West Virginia)

North Carolina A&T: 1995 (79-47 loss to Wake Forest)

Norfolk State: N/A

Florida A&M: 2007 (77-69 loss to Niagara)

Delaware State: 2005 (57-46 loss to Duke)

South Carolina State: 2003 (71-54 loss to Oklahoma)

Maryland-Eastern Shore: N/A

Howard: 1992 (100-67 loss to Kansas)

 

Photo: US Presswire

Posted by Eric Angevine

 

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