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Memphis Tigers 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

Memphis Tigers (25-9, 10-6)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

So. G Joe Jackson
So. G Will Barton
Fr. F Adonis Thomas
Sr. F Wesley Witherspoon
So. F Tarik Black

Important departures:

Will Coleman: 7 ppg, 4.5 rpg

Additions:

Top 10-ranked SF Adonis Thomas
Juco C Stan Simpson

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 88.3 percent
Rebounding: 85.5 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: Michigan, Nov. 21
Key conference stretch: at Marshall Feb. 25, vs. UCF Feb. 28 and at Tulsa March 3

Outlook:

Memphis didn’t quite live up to the hype last season. Early on, the team played disjointed, as should be expected from a freshmen-laden team. During conference play, Memphis proved that it could beat the best teams in C-USA. Unfortunately, they also proved that they could lose to the worst teams in C-USA.

Once the C-USA tournament rolled around, Memphis finally seemed to click. It’s no coincidence that the team looked much better once Joe Jackson started playing under control. Jackson ended up earning the tournament MVP award, and Memphis won the tournament, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They lost their NCAA tournament game by one point to an Arizona team that made the Elite Eight. Expect Memphis to dominate C-USA this season and put together a deeper run in the Big Dance.

Prediction: First

Next: Rice Owls

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Rice Owls 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

Rice Owls (14-18, 5-11)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Fr. G Dylan Ennis
Jr. G Tamir Jackson
Sr. G Connor Frizzelle
Jr. F Arsalan Kazemi
Sr. F Lucas Kuipers

Important departures:

Cory Pflieger: 4.3ppg, 1.4 apg
Julian Debose: 5.6 ppg, 4 rpg

Additions:

Three-star PG Dylan Ennis
Three-star SG Julian DeBose

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 74.8 percent
Rebounding: 71.1 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: at Texas A&M Dec. 22
Key conference stretch: vs. UAB Jan. 18, vs. Tulsa Jan. 21, at Memphis Jan. 25

Outlook:

Rice returns its most valuable players, including pro-prospect Arsalan Kazemi. This should allow them to finish better than 10th in C-USA, as the Owls did last season, but it’s not enough to get them into the top half.

Prediction: Seventh

Next: Southern Methodist Mustangs

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Southern Methodist Mustangs 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

Southern Methodist Mustangs (17-14, 8-8)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

So. G Jeremiah Samarippas
Sr. G Rodney Clinkscales
Fr. G Jalen Jones
Sr. F Robert Nyakundi
Fr. C Cannen Cunningham

Important departures:

Papa Dia: 18.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg
Mike Walker: 6.9 ppg

Additions:

Three-star C Cannen Cunningham
Two-star SF Jalen Jones

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 41.9 percent
Rebounding: 39.4 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: at Ole Miss Jan. 3
Key conference stretch: vs. UAB Feb. 15, vs. Marshall Feb. 18

Outlook:

SMU finished last season 8-8 in conference play. The loss of Papa Dia will make improving on those results next to impossible. To have a successful season, SMU needs big production from its freshmen.

Prediction: Eighth

Next: Southern Miss Golden Eagles

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Southern Miss Golden Eagles 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (22-10, 9-7)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Angelo Johnson
Maurice Bolden
Torye Pelham
Josimar Ayarza
Keith DeWitt

Important departures:

Gary Flowers: 18.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 40.7 percent from 3-point range
D.J. Newbill: 9.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Additions:

Three-star PF Keith DeWitt
Two-star C Christian Robbins

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 30.7 percent
Rebounding: 40.8 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: at Ole Miss Dec. 16
Key conference stretch: at Memphis Jan. 11, vs. UAB Jan. 14, vs. Marshall Jan. 21

Outlook:

Southern Miss was the team everyone expected to give Memphis a fight for the conference crown last season. Memphis didn’t live up to the hype, and neither did Southern Miss. They finished fifth in C-USA. Losing Gary Flowers and D.J. Newbill will only make things harder.

Prediction: Ninth

Next: Tulane Green Wave

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Tulane Green Wave 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

Tulane Green Wave (13-17, 3-13)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. G Jordan Callahan
Sr. G Trent Rogers
Jr. G Kendall Timmons
So. F Kevin Thomas
Jr. G Ben Cherry

Important departures:

Kris Richard: 11.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg
David Booker: 7.5 ppg, 4 rpg

Additions:

Two-star SF Trevante Drye
Two-star PG Ricky Tarrant

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 43.9 percent
Rebounding: 43.5 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: at Syracuse Dec. 22
Key conference stretch: vs. Memphis Feb. 15, at UAB Feb. 18

Outlook:

Tulane finished last in C-USA last season. Luckily for the Green Wave, other conference members will be weaker. We’ll see if they capitalize on the opportunity to move up the standings.

Prediction: 10th

Next: Tulsa Golden Hurricane

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Tulsa Golden Hurricane 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (19-13, 11-5)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. G Scottie Haralson
So. G Jordan Clarkson
Fr. F Rashad Smith
Sr. F Joe Richard
Sr. F Steven Idlet

Important departures:

Justin Hurtt: 20 ppg, 2.4 apg
Bryson Pope: 6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg

Additions:

Two-star C David Wishon

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 62.6 percent
Rebounding: 82.6 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: vs. Western Kentucky Nov. 17
Key conference stretch: at UAB Feb. 29, vs. Memphis March 3

Outlook:

Tulsa finished the regular season tied for second place in C-USA with UTEP, just one game behind UAB. Coach Doug Wojick always finds a way to keep Tulsa in the top half of C-USA. It helps to be on the weak side of the conference, but losing Justin Hurtt makes it significantly harder.

Prediction: Fifth

Next: UAB Blazers

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UAB Blazers 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

UAB Blazers (22-8, 12-4)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. F Camerone Moore
Jr. F Ovie Soko
So. G Preston Purifoy
So. G Quincy Taylor
Fr. G Isiah Jones

Important departures:

Jamarr Sanders: 17.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 38.5 percent from 3-point range
Aaron Johnson: 11.8 ppg, 7.7 apg

Additions:

Two-star SG K.C. Whitaker
Two-star SG Isiah Jones

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 46.3 percent
Rebounding: 72.9 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: at Florida, Jan. 3
Key conference stretch: vs. Memphis Jan. 7, vs. Marshall Jan. 11

Outlook:

Last season Mike Davis did what he does best: He took a depleted UAB further than anyone predicted. They were crowned C-USA’s regular-season champions and earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. Although ranking UAB third might seem high now, it’s never a good idea to count them out.

Prediction: Third

Next: UCF Knights

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UCF Knights 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

UCF Knights (19-11, 6-10)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G A.J. Rompza
Jr. G Marcus Jordan
Sr. F P.J. Gaynor
Jr. F Keith Clanton
Sr. F Dwight McCombs

Important departures:

Isaac Sosa: 8ppg, 1.8 rpg, 39.2 percent from 3-point range
Tom Herzog: 5.7 ppg, 3,5 rpg

Additions:

Three-star SF Rod Days
Three-star F Wayne Martin
Three-star PF Kasey Wilson

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 68.3 percent
Rebounding: 74.8 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: at Florida State Nov. 14
Key conference stretch: at Marshall Jan. 14, vs. Memphis Jan. 18, at UAB Jan. 21

Outlook:

UCF started the season strong with a win streak during nonconference play. Unfortunately, that was followed by a devastating losing streak in C-USA. Barring injuries, UCF should compete much better with the rest of the league this season. They will go as far as Marcus Jordan takes them.

Prediction: Fourth

Next: UTEP Miners

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UTEP Miners 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

UTEP Miners (25-9, 11-5)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Gabriel McCulley
Michael Perez
Darius Nelson
Jacquis Streeter
John Bohannon

Important departures:

Randy Culpepper: 19.3 ppg, 3.1 apg, 2 steals per game
Julyan Stone: 8.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 5.3 apg
Christian Polk: 11.7 ppg, 3 apg, 44.9 percent from 3-point range

Additions:

Two-star SF Darius Nelson
Two-star SF Jalen Ragland

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 17.7 percent
Rebounding: 35.3 percent

Schedule highlights

Key nonconference game: vs. Clemson Dec. 19
Key conference stretch: vs. UAB Feb. 4, vs. Tulsa Feb. 8

Outlook:

UTEP had a great season in C-USA last year. The Miners tied for second in the regular season and made it to the C-USA championship game before falling to Memphis in the final seconds. They relied heavily on senior leadership for success. As Randy Culpepper Julyan Stone and Christian Polk move on, UTEP is going to find it a lot harder to win.

Prediction: Sixth

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Boston College 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Boston College Eagles (21-13, 9-7)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

So. G Gabriel Moton
So. G Danny Rubin
Jr. G Matt Humphrey
Fr. F Ryan Anderson
Fr. C KC Caudill

Important departures:

Reggie Jackson: 18.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.5 apg
Joe Trapani: 14.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.8 apg
Corey Raji: 12.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.6 apg

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 8.7 percent
Rebounding: 9.1 percent

Additions:

Matt Humphrey, junior guard transferred from Oregon
Ryan Anderson, ESPNU four-star freshman power forward from Long Beach, Calif.

Schedule highlights:

Best non-conference game: at Providence
Toughest conference stretch: Jan. 7-14 (at North Carolina, vs. Clemson, vs. Virginia Tech)

Outlook:

In his first season at the helm in Chestnut Hill, coach Steve Donahue propelled Boston College into the top half of the conference’s standings. En route, he helped turn Reggie Jackson into a bona fide star. Under Donahue’s tutelage, Jackson erupted for 18 points per game, and he guided the offense with nearly five assists per game.

For a second consecutive year, the Eagles won’t have lofty expectations. However, it would take a miracle for Donahue to get this team to more than five ACC wins. Boston College loses more than 90 percent of its scoring and rebounding, and nine of the 15 players on the roster are freshmen.

Prediction: 12th

Next: Clemson Tigers

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