NCAA Basketball

Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: MEAC

Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports’ College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we take a look at the MEAC:

Unless you follow college basketball closely, you may have overlooked the fact that two of the NCAA Tournament’s most historic upsets have come at the hands of teams from the MEAC.

Back in 2001, it was 15th-seeded Hampton who upended Iowa State in the Round of 64, while just last spring 15th-seeded Norfolk State got the best of second-seeded Missouri.

Looking ahead to the 2012-13 season, there is one team out of this conference that truly sticks out. Savannah State, a program that was a measly 2-56 from 2004-2006, finished the 2011-12 season with 21 wins and won the MEAC regular season championship. Now, the Tigers return all five starters from last season’s squad, and are looking to advance to their first NCAA Tournament in school history.

 

MEAC Predictions:

1. Savannah State

2. Norfolk State

3. Delaware State

4. North Carolina Central

5. Morgan State

6. Bethune Cookman

7. Coppin State

8. Hampton

9. Howard

10. North Carolina A&T

11. Florida A&M

12. South Carolina State

13. Maryland-Eastern Shore

 

First Team All-MEAC Predictions:

G Tahj Tate, So., Delaware State

G Pendarvis Williams, Jr., Norfolk State

G Ray Willis, Sr., North Carolina Central

F Anthony Hubbard, Jr., Morgan State

F Rashad Hassan, Sr., Savannah State

 

MEAC Player of the Year Prediction:

Ray Willis, Sr., North Carolina Central

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Horace Broadnax, Savannah State

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Norfolk State in Round of 64

 

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