Dover, Del. (Nov. 1, 2012) --- Delaware State University has been picked to finish second in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men's basketball regular season race, according to a poll of league head coaches and sports information representatives announced today.
The Hornets received one of 26 first place votes and 525 total points. Savannah State is the favorite of voters to repeat as MEAC regular season champs. The Tigers collected 24 first place votes and 616 points.
Delaware State was third in the MEAC with a 12-4 league record (15-14 overall) last season. Savannah State claimed the 2011-12 regular season title with a 14-2 mark in the conference.
Incidentally, Delaware State and Savannah State are not scheduled to meet during the 2012-13 regular season.
Morgan State is picked to finish third, while defending MEAC Tournament champ Norfolk State is fourth in the 2012-13 league poll.
The MEAC announced its 2012-13 preseason honors today.
Delaware State guard Tahj Tate (so.) has been named to the preseason All-MEAC First Team. Tate, the 2011-12 rookie-of-the-year and all-conference second team selection, was fifth in the league in scoring at 16.1 points per game last season. He was tops in the MEAC and third among all NCAA Division I freshman in scoring last season.
Tate is joined on the first team by Dwayne Jackson (sr.) of Morgan State, Pendarvis Williams (jr.) of Norfolk State, North Carolina Central's Ray Willis (sr.) and Rashad Hassan (sr.) of Savannah State, who was selected as the preseason player-of-the-year.
Delaware State's Marques Oliver (sr.) and Casey Walker (jr.) were named to the preseason All-MEAC Second Team.
Oliver, DSU's modern-day blocks leader (161), also set a team record with 72 blocks last season. In addition to ranking third in the MEAC in blocks (2.5 pg), he was eighth in the league in rebounds (7.2 pg), sixth in field goal percentage (.555) and 18th in scoring (11.4 ppg) last season.
Walker was 13th in the MEAC in scoring (13.3 ppg) and third in three-pointers (2.6 pg) last season. He has 148 three-pointers in two seasons with the Hornets. Walker had at least one three-point field goal in 27 of DSU's 29 games last season, including a string of 21 straight.
Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson is in his 13th season with the Hornets. He needs 19 wins to become the second coach in team history with 200 wins. Jackson is 137-68 vs. MEAC opponents (.668) at DSU.
The Hornets tip-off the 2012-13 season with a three-game homestand beginning with the opener against Gwynedd-Mercy on Nov. 10. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The homestead also includes visits by Cairn University on Nov. 12 (7:00 p.m.) and Wagner on November 14 (7:00 p.m.)