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(STATS) -- South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough and his players are going into their MEAC opener hoping the worst is behind them. Wholesale Jerseys 2022 .Most of the other conference teams have similar feelings.Only one of the 11 teams has a winning record and seven of them are winless after an opening three weeks of the season in which the MEAC posted a 4-23 record in out-of-conference games.South Carolina State, a perennial title contender in the conference, has had the worst of it, losing to three FBS opponents, including shutouts against UCF and Clemson.North Carolina A&T, ranked 21st in the STATS FCS Top 25, has come out looking the best at 2-1, having beaten FBS (Kent State) and Division II (St. Augustines) opponents. Overall, the MEAC is 1-14 against FBS opponents, 0-8 versus FCS teams and 3-1 against D-II programs.I think weve scheduled in a lot of ways heavily against the teams that were probably better than us, South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough said. The league as a whole, I think is pretty representative of what they were last year. I think we have a lot of young teams.The sorting out process in the conference starts to take shape on Saturday. There are four conference matchups, including South Carolina State at Florida A&M, in addition to Delaware State playing an impossible game at Missouri -- one of only four out-of-conference games remaining for MEAC teams.FAMU is very similar to us, Pough said. Theyve played three games and hadnt gotten a win yet. I guess the big talk sounds like to me is everybody talking about the guarantee deal (against FBS teams) and theyve played a game or two that way, too. Of course, we both need a win at this point. Its imperative that we move into our conference race now on a positive note.A tough start to the season is not new to the MEAC. September is usually reserved for playing FBS opponents, and wins over them are few and far between. But the paydays with such games, which generally go into the hundreds of thousands, are viewed as necessary for the athletic budgets.All 11 MEAC programs except Norfolk State are playing at least one FBS program. South Carolina State went to the extreme with three FBS opponents (Louisiana Tech was the other). UT Martin from the Ohio Valley Conference is the only other FCS team playing three FBS opponents, but one is Hawaii, so its doing so in a 12-game schedule.I like the idea of playing some of those guys and I think our guys need the exposure to those type games, and I enjoy all that, N.C. A&T coach Rod Broadway said. But I dont like the idea of why we play em. I think thats a different story.Guarantee games that everybody is playing now, Norfolk State coach Latrell Scott said, were doing it because we have to, not necessarily because we want to. When youre given a challenge, you have to embrace those challenges.The challenge now is in the conference race. Hampton has the early jump with a victory over Howard last Saturday.N.C. A&T was installed as the favorite by a preseason vote of MEAC coaches, with Bethune-Cookman picked second and North Carolina Central third. Those three teams tied for the title last season, and A&T represented the conference in the inaugural Celebration Bowl, where the Aggies beat SWAC champion Alcorn State. Wholesale Jerseys . -- Charlie Graham stopped 67 shots as the Belleville Bulls edged the visiting Guelph Storm 6-5 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Wholesale Jerseys China .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. https://www.wholesalejerseysaaa.com/ .com) - The women will also have a new champion at the Australian Open. CLEMSON, S.C. -- After a hard-fought, last-second victory against a Power Five opponent, Clemson coach Brad Brownell wasnt sure how focused his players might be for winless Coppin State.The Tigers took about 10 minutes to ease his concerns.Jaron Blossomgame had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Clemson used an 20-5 early burst to pound the Eagles 85-43 on Sunday.Just a nice stress-free win, Brownell said. I thought our guys were pretty focused which was good.The Tigers (5-2) were coming off a 60-58 victory over Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last Wednesday night, a game that came down to the final shot and ended close to midnight. It all added up to more than a few worries for Brownell.We talked about it, Brownell said. We had a pretty good practice (Friday), although the coach had to direct it to get to where we wanted it.There were no such issues come tip off.After Terry Harris Jr.s three-point play drew Coppin State (0-10) within 12-7, the Tigers took off on their game-breaking run. Marcquise Reed had a three-point play while Gabe DeVoe and Avry Holmes each hit 3s. By the time Blossomgame hit a short turnaround jumper, Clemson led 32-12 and were seldom pushed the rest of the way.Blossomgame had 10 points in the opening half for the Tigers (5-2), who built a 30-point lead and cruised to their third straight win and sent Coppin State to its 11th consecutive loss dating back to last season.Holmes finished with 13 points off three 3-pointers. Vanderbilt transfer Shelton Mitchell, making his first start, had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting for Clemson while Reed added 11 points. Sidy Djitte had a game-high 13 rebounds to along with six points for the Tigers.Harris Jr. was Coppin States only double-figure scorer with 14 points. The Eagles are two games shy of their all-time worst start at 0-12 in 2005-06.Clemson improved to 33-1 all-time against opponents from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.THE BIG PICTURECoppin State: The Eagles have lost 10 sttraight to start the season and 11 in row since the end of last year. Wholesale Jerseys 2020. Theyve got quite a ways to go to match the NCAA Division I record losing streak of 41 straight by Towson from Dec. 29, 2010 until the Tigers defeated UNC Wilmington on Jan. 28, 2012.Clemson: The Tigers emphasis for pre-Atlantic Coast Conference games has been to efficiently take care of business and not trip up. Thats what they did against the Eagles, putting away an overmatched opponent in a hurry. Clemson was up 30-10 just past 10 minutes in and seldom let up against Coppin State. The Tigers hit 20 of 34 shots from the field in the first half, including a 7-of-15 performance from behind the arc.ACC TITLESClemsons halftime featured the Tigers ACC championship winning football team and head coach Dabo Swinney. After Swinney thanked the fans, his players and discussed Clemsons national championship chances to the crowd, he closed by saying, `Now, lets get this basketball game.Swinney was in attendance this past Wednesday night, too, in Clemsons victory over Nebraska.ROAD TRIPPINGCoppin State is on a road trip no head coach would want to duplicate. The Eagles are playing 11 of their first 12 games away from campus. Theyve gone to Utah where theyve faced the Utes and Brigham Young, to Arizona for Grand Canyon and have been to South Carolina twice, facing Coastal Carolina last month.The hardest part of it all is just keeping the spirit of your team going, Brownell said of Coppin State and coach Michael Grant. There are nights where theyre rested and prepared to play well. And other nights where its just really hard on them.UP NEXTCoppin State is back on the road for the 10th time in its first 11 games when it travels to Akron on Wednesday night.Clemson continues with the fourth game in a five-game homestand when it takes on Mercer on Saturday. ' ' ' 


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