Mid Eastern Athletic Conference
The conference made noise in last season's
1 ENCORE. Norfolk State was picked to finish fourth and has much work to return to the postseason. Center Kyle O'Quinn and three other starters are gone from a team that finished 26-10. The rebuilding effort begins with guard Pendarvis Williams, a preseason all-conference pick.
2 FAVORITE. Defending regular-season champ
3 BEST PLAYER. Savannah State's Rashad Hassan was voted preseason Player of the Year. A 6-7, 215-pound forward, he wasn't a prolific scorer (13 ppg), but played well in all phases. He's part of a core group of four fourth- and fifth-year seniors for the Tigers.
4 SCHEDULE. Per usual, MEAC teams will test themselves and make guarantee game money along the way against power conference schools. For example, Coppin State's non-league schedule includes Indiana, Saint Joseph's, Texas and Southern Cal. Savannah State faces Ohio State, Saint Louis, Florida and