College Basketball: Howard defeats Norfolk State, wins MEAC Regular Season Title
The Howard Bison (19-12 overall and 11-3 in conference play), are the 2022-2023 MEAC regular season champions. Howard defeated the previous conference regular season champions the Norfolk State Spartans in their season finale 87-67 on March 2nd to clinch the title. The Bison will go into the MEAC tournament as the number one overall seed as they face-off against the last-ranked South Carolina State Bulldogs in the first round.
The Bison are looking to earn their way into a NCAA tournament berth, a tournament they haven't participated in since 1992. This season is also the Bison’s best record since 1986-1987, when they were 24-4 overall and 13-1 in conference play. In this year's campaign, the regular season champions have been led by Guard Elijah Hawkins, who leads the team in three statistical categories (13.4 points per game, 5.9 assists per game, and 1.7 steals per game), respectively. The Bison also finished the regular season with the highest three-point field goal percentage in the conference at 38 percent, respectively.
Kenny Blakeney, who has been Howard’s head coach since 2019, is most recognized for recruiting five-star recruit Makur Maker. Maker is the highest ranked prospect ever to commit to an HBCU in the modern era. Maker only played in two games for the Bison due to injury in the 2020-2021 season, and after going undrafted in the 2022 draft, Maker now competes in the NBA G-League.
Blakeney can now also add a MEAC regular season title to his resume, as he looks to lead his team to their first NCAA tournament berth in over thirty years.