Canisius picked up a huge road win yesterday at Niagara to tighten things up at the top of the MAAC. For tonight’s SCGD, we could have taken a return trip down to Louisiana to once again check in on the Grambling State Tigers as they host Mike Davis’ Texas Southern squad. However, instead we are actually going to take a look at a pair of games out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina Central (7:30 PM Eastern) and Maryland-Eastern Shore at Norfolk State (8:00 PM Eastern).
Entering tonight’s action, we are down to only eight teams in the entire country that are undefeated in their conferences. Miami, Montana, Memphis, Akron, Gonzaga and Louisiana Tech are six of those. The final two are both in the MEAC — North Carolina Central and Norfolk State. Further, due to one of the scheduling quirks that you get when you have conferences with more than 12 teams (the MEAC has 13), these two teams will not be playing each other during the regular season. While there is still a ways to go, we could have a very rare situation in the MEAC that actually sees two teams go undefeated in their regular seasons.
As for tonight’s games, neither Bethune-Cookman nor UMES appear to be significant challenges for the MEAC leaders. Norfolk State’s next big challenge will more likely come a week from tonight at Hampton, while NC Central has a trip to Savannah State coming this Saturday.