Howard star R.J. Cole, the newly minted MEAC Player of The Year, both ended the MEAC regular season and started the postseason with a bang.
Cole hit a deep 3-pointer with 1.1
The loss was just the second in the conference for NSU, who will hold the top seed in the upcoming tournment in addition to being the home team for the tourney. The MEAC Tournament will be held at the Norfolk Scope, about 10 minutes from NSU’s campus.
The Bison will roll back to Virginia with plenty of reason for optimism. They had the Spartans down by more than 20 points at home in The Burr before a meltdown that ended in a brawl. And they’ve shown that they can win on the road, and in Norfolk. They will also have a week to rest before taking on a talented Bethune-Cookman team.
A long time come
It’s been a long time since Howard claimed the MEAC title. Twenty-seven years to be exact, more than half a decade since any of the current players on the team were born. The year was 1992 and HU won the MEAC with a 17-13 record, winning by four, three and two points in the tourney to claim the bid before bowing out to Roy Williams and Kansas.
The MEAC also has a history as well, one of
Any “D” in Howard?
This Howard can score for sure, as it leads the MEAC in scoring with 79.5 points per game. Cole led the MEAC in scoring with 21.7 points per game, and his teammate C.J. Williams finished second with 18.4 ppg. Chad Lott, Howard’s third-leading scorer, is eighth in the conference in scoring. Putting the ball in the hole is not the issue.
The problem for Howard all year, though, has been on the defensive end, where it gives up 78.5 points per game. Only Savannah State allows teams to score more.
It’s unlikely Howard will turn into the 2000s Pistons over the next week, but if it can get past a Bethune-Cookman squad it split the season series with, it could matchup against the NSU in the semifinals. And as we’ve seen this season, anything can happen when those two get together.