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MEAC Monday: Tidewater Teams Try To Break Even Against Baltimore

Ian Chiles (50) goes up for a block against Norfolk State. (Hamptonroads.com photo)

Morgan State (5-10, 3-0) at Hampton (8-9, 3-1)

Morgan State’s Todd Bozeman cautioned fans against reading too much in to the team’s dismal early season record before Saturday’s matchup against Norfolk State. Apparently that was more than just idle talk, as the Bears ended the Spartans 23-game MEAC regular season winning streak with a 87-70 win. Now Bozeman’s Bears will travel to the other Tidewater school, Hampton. Hampton will be looking for redemption as it dropped a 71-68 decision to Coppin State on Saturday.

Jamie Adams is averaging nearly 18 points per game this season. (FAMU photo)

Savannah State (6-12, 4-0) at Florida A&M (7-11, 3-2)

Like Morgan State, Savannah State got off to slow start due largely to playing tough competition. The Tigers have won four straight since starting 2-12 and look like they will once again be a factor in the MEAC race. SSU doesn’t have a go-to-offensive player, as no one on the team is averaging double figures in scoring, but they are deep, with ten players averaging more than 11 minutes per game. They will face a FAMU team that has won four of its last five, led by Jamie Adams’ 19 ppg in MEAC play.

(Baltimore Sun photo)

Coppin State (6-11, 3-0) at Norfolk State (9-8, 4-1)

Quiet as kept, Coppin State has had some good wins this season. Oregon State, UMBC and Delaware State have all lost to the Eagles this season. They’ve got two straight in the MEAC, including Saturday’s upset of Hampton. They’ll need all the momentum they can get as they travel to Echols Arena to face a Norfolk State team that has beaten them eight out of the last ten matchups and that will be hungry to prove it is still among the MEAC elite, despite Saturday’s blowout.

(NC A&T photo)



Delaware State (4-13, 0-5) at North Carolina A&T (5-12, 1-1) (ESPNU)

These two teams spent their Saturday afternoons on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of competition. NC A&T handled business in an 88-82 win over NJIT while Delaware State put up a good fight against a stronger NCCU team in a 62-52 loss. Look for A&T big man Lamont Middleton to have a good game against a DSU defense that is thin in the middle.

(TheTandd.com)

Bethune-Cookman (2-18, 0-5) at South Carolina St. (5-12, 1-3)

BCU enters this contest with an eight-game winning streak against SC State. Look for it to stop their. The Bulldogs aren’t world-beaters, but the Wildcats might be among the worst teams in Division I.

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