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Towson Tigers 2015-16 Preview

by - Published November 15, 2015 in Conference Notes

Towson Tigers (12-20 overall, 5-13 conference)

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

So. G Byron Hawkins
So. G Mike Morsell
Jr. F John Davis
Sr. F Timajh Parker-Rivera
Jr. F-C Walter Foster

Important departures:

G Four McGlynn (transferred to Rhode Island) is the only starter who is gone from last season.

Returning:

71 percent of scoring and 82.9 percent of rebounding

Additions:

Jr. F Arnaud William Adala Moto (transfer from Wake Forest)
Fr. F Alex Thomas
Fr. F Dennis Tunstall

Schedule Highlights:

The Tigers have six home games in a non-conference slate that is quite manageable, including a visit from former conference foe George Mason. They play three games in the Charleston Classic, starting with Oklahoma State. CAA play features a stretch a few weeks in where they play four of five on the road, followed by four of five at home. The latter will be a brutal stretch: Northeastern and William & Mary at home, at Hofstra, then Elon and James Madison at home.

Projected finish and outlook:

If there’s a potential sleeper in the conference, it’s Pat Skerry’s team. Towson has some talent, especially among its young perimeter players, but is a tough team to figure. They could just as easily make a big leap as they could finish right where they did last year with a lot of this cast back. Morsell came on late last year and could be primed for a breakout season alongside Hawkins, who showed steady progress. Davis could continue to come off the bench if he doesn’t improve defensively, but either way he should produce as he led the CAA with 12 double-doubles last season. Parker-Rivera and Foster are steady contributors up front, and they’ll get good help from the newcomers. Don’t be surprised if Adala Moto grabs a lot of minutes early, while Thomas will have to wait his turn but has the potential to be a nice player down the road. The Tigers were a solid defensive team last season, something that doesn’t always happen for such a young team. If they can replicate that, the offense should only get better, and the Tigers could make a jump well into the first division.

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UNCW Seahawks 2015-16 Preview

by - Published November 15, 2015 in Conference Notes

UNCW Seahawks (18-14 overall, 12-6 conference)

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G Craig Ponder
So. G Jordon Talley
Jr. G Denzel Ingram
So. F Marcus Bryan
Sr. F Dylan Sherwood

Important departures:

Three starters are gone from last season’s team: G Freddie Jackson, F Addison Spruill and F Cedrick Williams.

Returning:

47 percent of scoring and 46.8 percent of rebounding

Additions:

So. F Marcus Bryan (transfer from Charlotte)
Fr. G C.J. Bryce
Fr. F Devontae Cacok
Jr. G Chris Flemmings (junior college transfer)
Fr. G Trey Grundy
Jr. G Denzel Ingram (transfer from Charlotte)
Fr. G Mark Matthews

Schedule Highlights:

The Seahawks have five home games in non-conference play, highlighted by visits from defending Ohio Valley champ Eastern Kentucky and Western Michigan. They open with three straight at home. They go on the road to play at Georgetown and East Carolina, and will play two games in the Billy Minardi Classic in Louisville. After opening CAA play with two straight on the road, they play the next three at home. They start February with a key weekend at home, welcoming Hofstra and then Northeastern.

Projected finish and outlook:

Keatts did a terrific job turning around the mindset of the program in his first year. Year two is always a challenge, and this one will be a little different. The Seahawks will have more talent, but less experience, and the three starters they lose all meant a great deal to the team. They also dismissed Jarvis Haywood in October, and he figured to be an impact transfer, although he had been suspended for the first semester. But there’s still plenty of talent, and this team could certainly finish higher than they’ve been picked just like last year. Ponder, who Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy, had a nice season last year, while Talley made a big impact as a freshman and could make the leap to be an all-conference player this year. Transfers Ingram, Bryan and Flemmings should all help right away. There is more proven depth on the perimeter than up front, and in college basketball that is always a plus. With Keatts getting his program in place and the team adopting the attitude he wanted, the culture has changed and the Seahawks are once again a dangerous team with a homecourt that is tough for visiting teams.

Next: William & Mary Tribe

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William & Mary Tribe 2015-16 Preview

by - Published November 15, 2015 in Conference Notes

William & Mary Tribe (20-13 overall, 12-6 conference)

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. G Omar Prewitt
Jr. G Daniel Dixon
So. G Greg Malinowski
Sr. F Terry Tarpey
Sr. F Sean Sheldon

Important departures:

G Marcus Thornton graduated and was drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Returning:

68.4 percent of scoring and 85.4 percent of rebounding

Additions:

So. G David Cohn (transfer from Colorado State)
Fr. F Hunter Seacat

Schedule Highlights:

The Tribe has a challenging non-conference schedule that features six home games, including three straight to close it out. Included are visits from former CAA foe Old Dominion, Big South contender High Point and MAC contender Central Michigan. They also travel to NC State in the season opener, then Dayton and Virginia. CAA play begins with three of four at home, followed by four of five on the road.

Projected finish and outlook:

Tony Shaver continues to produce contending teams, and while the Tribe lose their all-time leading scorer in Thornton, they return a core that has been to two straight CAA championship games. That experience should certainly count for something from an intangibles standpoint, and they should be formidable. Tarpey is a tough do-everything player who led the conference in rebounding and steals and was a close second in blocked shots, while Prewitt didn’t have a sophomore slump after winning the league’s Rookie of the Year and Dixon is their best defender and a capable offensive player who could break out. Sheldon is steady inside, along with some reserves, while Malinowski seems the most likely holdover to snag the last starting guard spot unless Cohn grabs it. Oliver Tot is an intriguing prospect on the perimeter who now has a year of college under his belt, and classmate Connor Burchfield will be in the mix on the perimeter as well. William & Mary ran a great offense last season, and even without Thornton they should still be pretty good at that end since they all know how to play. They will be more balanced and should still get good shots, which they should make a good percentage of the time.

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The Morning Dish – Saturday, November 14, 2015

by - Published November 14, 2015 in The Morning Dish

It’s here at last. The college basketball season began on Friday. Amidst the excitement, however, we were reminded that as much as we love the game, there are many other things of paramount concern. A series of terrorist attacks in Paris captured everyone’s attention, with well over 100 people killed. As we take a look at college basketball on the day, we extend our thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones.

As usual, there were plenty of mismatches, along with some very good matchups, and with the latter came surprises. There was also an unfortunate early end to one of two games played outside the country.

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Big East looks the same in some ways and quite different in other ways

by - Published November 13, 2015 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

The Big East still has its name and logo. It has several brand-name programs from its history, like Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s and Villanova. It has a Thompson coaching at Georgetown, and a legend from St. John’s is now coaching them. The tournament is still at Madison Square Garden, as if it could ever be anywhere else.

It sounds like little has changed. But something is missing as the third year of the current alignment tips off.

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The Most Important Players in America in 2015-16

by - Published November 12, 2015 in Columns

Many teams have players who might not be their best player, or even one of their best players, but their season will hinge largely on what that player does. Oftentimes, it is a player who is in a new role, but complementary players or backups at a key position can also be among the most important players. Considering how important a point guard is to a team, it’s not a surprise that point guards lead the way on this list.

Here is a look at ten players around the country who figure to have an outsize impact on their teams’ success, or lack thereof, this season.

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Best Players No One Knows About

by - Published November 11, 2015 in Columns

Hassan Martin isn’t one of those players who was always on the radar of college coaches. Rather, he’s more like your classic late bloomer. In an age where many players repeat a year of high school at some point, or even repeat in junior high, and come into college at least at the age of 19, Martin was 17 years old at the beginning of his freshman season in college. This year, the junior forward will be a key cog on a team that will contend in the Atlantic 10.

While E.C. Matthews gets a lot of attention, and understandably so, Rhode Island doesn’t win solely from him. Martin is long, very athletic and has developed the way teams often hope a player with his body and skill set would. He was first a defensive star, blocking a lot of shots, and his offense has come along. This season, he will at least move into second all-time in blocked shots in program history, with an outside shot at surpassing all-time leader Kenny Green (Martin comes into the season with 183, while Green had 328; Martin had 103 last season).

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The Morning Dish – Monday, November 9, 2015

by - Published November 9, 2015 in The Morning Dish

The start of the college basketball season is just days away. Saturday marked the start of Hoopville’s 15th year of covering the sport, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Why not? College basketball has certainly changed over the last 14 years, but there’s still something about it that pulls people like us in all the time. It still has plenty of outside factors, like the NBA and its constant pull, but the game itself is as enjoyable to cover now as it was 14 years ago.

As we bring back the Morning Dish for another season to start off each day throughout the college season, for the next few days until tip-off we will also give you a quick look at all of the conferences, a few each day.

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Georgia State has a new look but should have similar results

by - Published October 26, 2015 in Columns

It’s a new day at Georgia State. One of the great stories of March last year, they were among the darlings before the NCAA Tournament and then once it got going. They would have been a great story even without the dramatic win over Baylor and the family aspect involved. But that team is no more in a lot of respects, as the Panthers will have a new look this season. They will, however, not have such a new look in key respects.

Ron Hunter is still on the bench. And the Panthers should still contend in the Sun Belt Conference all the same.

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Kansas: The under-the-radar national title contender

by - Published October 22, 2015 in Columns

Amidst talk of who could be a Final Four and/or national title contender this season, one traditional powerhouse that should be in the mix isn’t getting talked about much, at least not in this vein. There’s an understandable reason, and there’s another reason that could go away and then lead to more talk of them as contenders.

Kansas isn’t being talked about enough. And when you look at their team, you see why they should be a contender, as well as why they are perhaps a bit under the radar, relatively speaking.

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