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MEAC Announces Men’s Preseason Hoop Honors
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The MEAC has announced its men’s basketball preseason All-MEAC team and basketball predictions at the 2008 MEAC Basketball Press luncheon held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Coppin State’s Tywain McKee was selected as the MEAC Preseason Player of the Year while the Morgan State Bears were picked to finish first in the preseason poll.
A former Rookie of the Year and first-team All-MEAC selection throughout his collegiate career, McKee averaged 16.6 points and 4.4 rebounds for the Eagles last year.
He led Coppin State to their fourth MEAC Tournament title and recorded 33 points and shot 6-of-8 3-pointers to seal the 62-60 win over Morgan State. He also was named to the All-MEAC Tournament Team and was selected as the 2008 Most Outstanding Performer.
Morgan State received 15 first place votes and totaled 443 points to garner the league’s top position. Led by the league’s Coach of the Year Todd Bozeman, the Bears earned their first regular season MEAC title last year with a 14-2 MEAC record and 22-11 overall mark.
The Hampton Pirates were predicted to finish second with 370 total points. The Pirates finished the 2007-08 season with a 11-5 finish and tied for second in conference standing with Norfolk State.
Delaware State was predicted to finish third while Norfolk State was selected to finish fourth. South Carolina State was picked fifth and tournament champions Coppin State have been slated to finish sixth.
Florida A&M (7th), North Carolina A&T (8th), Howard (9th), Bethune-Cookman (10th) and Maryland Eastern Shore (11th) round out the 2008-09 preseason poll.
The 2008-09 MEAC basketball season tips-off on Friday, November 14 with eight men’s teams in action. The defending regular season champion Morgan State Bears open up against LaSalle and Coppin State will face UNC-Wilmington on November 15.
The 2009 MEAC Basketball Tournament tips off March 9-14 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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