MEAC Tournament Preview
It has been quite a year for Norfolk State in the MEAC. This league has just one team with a winning record on the road and that’s Norfolk State. Not that it really matters in a tournament setting but that kind of winning and experience can travel and build a team’s confidence. Florida A&M is ineligible for the postseason due to APR issues and will be left out of this preview.
2018 Champion: North Carolina Central
1-seed Norfolk State Spartans 19-12 (14-2)
The Spartans have been wire-to-wire top team in this league and that is why they can win it all. They’ve been there and done that this season. They hold opponents under 70 points per game and have a guy named Derrik Jamerson Jr who is one of the most efficient scorers in college hoops.
2-seed North Carolina A&T Aggies 18-12 (13-3)
The 2nd best team in the league has zero (0) players that average double figure scoring. Something I don’t remember seeing recently. Surprisingly, the Aggies are one of the worst rated offensive teams in America. They need to pick it up offensively to knock off Norfolk State.
3-seed North Carolina Central Eagles 15-15 (10-6)
The Eagles are not a good 3-point shooting team this season but they did win the league last year. They have the experience which is so valuable. Raasean Davis is a very good player and he needs some help from one of their guards to open up the floor.
4-seed Howard Bison 16-15 (10-6)
High tempo team here, the Bison score it a lot and they have one of the league’s best players RJ Cole. Cole scores the ball well and also adds nearly 2 steals a game, he also has a nice partner with Charles Williams. Those two need to be superb to propel this team to an automatic bid.
5-seed Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 14-16 (9-7)
High tempo is the name of the game in this league and so is poor offense. The Wildcats aren’t great offensively but they are actually one of the better teams in the conference defensively. Cletrell Pope is an absolute gamer, he averages a double-double and needs to stick to shooting inside the arc to get his team to the NCAA Tournament.
6-seed Savannah State Tigers 11-19 (8-8)
The Tigers run the 3rd fastest tempo offense in the country and are considered the 13th worst team in the country according to KenPom. The Tigers shoot sub-40% from the field and sub-30% from 3. That will not get you far at any level.
7-seed Coppin State Eagles 7-24 (7-9)
This was the last team in America to get a win. They have somewhat figured things out in that they’ve won games. But they also shoot sub-40% and sub-30% from the field and 3 respectively AND they greatly struggle with turnovers.
8-seed Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks 7-24 (5-11)
This is the 2nd worst team in America according to KenPom, they have no chance to win this league.
9-seed South Carolina State Bulldogs 7-25 (5-11)
The Dawgs would need Damani Applewhite to absolutely show out in this tournament, I’m talking 25+ points a game to carry his team to the auto bid.
10-seed Morgan State Bears 9-20 (4-12)
Take exactly what I said about South Carolina State above and just change Damani Applewhite to Stanley Davis. The junior guard does it all for this team.
11-seed Delaware State Hornets 5-24 (2-14)
This is the worst team in America according to KenPom, they have no chance to win this league.
South Carolina State over Maryland-Eastern Shore
Savannah State over Delaware State
Coppin State over Morgan State
Norfolk State over South Carolina State
Howard over Bethune-Cookman
North Carolina Central over Savannah State
North Carolina A&T over Coppin State
Norfolk State over Howard
North Carolina Central over North Carolina A&T
Norfolk State over North Carolina Central