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South Carolina State Men, Coppin State Women Earn MEAC Top Spots
VIRGINIA, BEACH, Va. – The Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference announced its pre-season basketball predictions on Wednesday. South Carolina State was chosen as the men’s favorite while Coppin State was chosen by the league’s Head Coaches and Sports Information Directors as the women’s favorite to win the 2005-06 MEAC title.
South Carolina State received 10 of the 20 first place votes and were chosen over last year’s MEAC Champions Delaware State. The Bulldogs were listed atop the preseason poll last season and finished the 2004-05 year in a tie for fourth place with Norfolk State and Morgan State in the MEAC final standings.
Delaware State received six first place votes and tied with Hampton for second place. Norfolk State, and Florida A&M rounded out the top five places.
For the women, Coppin State finished atop the poll with 10 first place votes followed Hampton with seven first place votes and Howard with two first place votes.
The Lady Eagles finished the year as both MEAC regular season and tournament champions. Delaware State and UMES rounded out the top five with UMES also earning one first place vote.
Full practices begin on October 14-15. Bethune-Cookman College will open the 2005-06 MEAC season November 8-9 at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.
Defending men’s champion Delaware State opens its 2005-06 campaign at UCLA on September 19.
On the women’s side, five of 11 schools will play their first games of the season in tournaments, November 18-19. Coppin State, the 2004-05 MEAC regular-season and tournament champion will open the season on November 22 at Bucknell.
For additional information about the MEAC, log on to www.meacsports.com.