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October 3, 2010
We continue with our league breakdowns for the upcoming season; we'll work backward from league No. 32 to our top-ranked league.
The breakdowns will become more in-depth as the leagues get bigger.
30. Mid-Eastern Athletic
By Mike Huguenin
Morgan State dominated MEAC opponents last season, winning the regular-season title by four games and doubling up by taking the league tourney title, too.
The Bears lose star G Reggie Holmes, but junior F Kevin Thompson is back and should take over the title as the league's best player. He's a tough low-post scorer and is active on both ends. Sophomore F DeWayne Jackson is a 3-point threat and gives the Bears a nice inside-outside duo. Morgan State also is well-coached by Todd Bozeman, and his success could lead to a job offer from a bigger program after this season.
The chase for second place should be an entertaining one. Bethune-Cookman has the league's best guard in C.J. Reed, and he is coached by his dad, Clifford Reed. South Carolina State, which was the only league tam to beat Morgan State last season, lacks size but is well-coached and has a deep backcourt. Norfolk State looks to be the other prime contender, even though the Spartans lost leading scorer Michael DeLoach.
A dark horse is Maryland-Eastern Shore, which has improved its win total from three in 2006-07 to four to seven to 11 last season. Hillary Haley, who began his career at Saint Bonaventure, is the key player for the Hawks.
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