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Virginia Cavaliers 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Virginia Cavaliers (16-15, 7-9)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. G Jontel Evans
Sr. G Sammy Zeglinski
So. G Joe Harris
Sr. F Mike Scott
Sr. C Assane Sene

Important departures:

Mustapha Farrakhan: 13.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 66.4 percent
Rebounding: 80.6 percent

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 69.0 percent
Rebounding: 81.2 percent

Additions:

Malcolm Brogdon, No. 104 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star shooting guard from Norcross, Ga.
Paul Jesperson, No. 136 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star small forward from Merrill, Wisc.

Schedule highlights:

Best non-conference game: vs. Michigan
Toughest conference stretch: Feb. 21-March 1 (at Virginia Tech, vs. North Carolina, vs. Florida State)

Outlook:

Coach Tony Bennett gets back Mike Scott for a fifth year after the senior forward missed nearly all of last season with an ankle injury. In limited action, Scott was very productive, and he should be the dominant post player on offense for Bennett. Surrounding Scott, guards Jontel Evans, Joe Harris and Sammy Zeglinski should have plenty of opportunities to stretch the court for long-range shots.

Bennett should have the Cavaliers competing for an NCAA Tournament bid once again. Virginia doesn’t have a ton of opportunities to pick up non-conference quality wins, so the team’s NCAA Tournament hopes could rest on the team’s performance against Michigan and George Mason — and possibly Marquette in the Paradise Jam.

Prediction: Sixth

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Virginia Tech Hokies 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Virginia Tech Hokies (22-12, 9-7)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. G Erick Green
Sr. G Dorenzo Hudson
So. F Jarell Eddie
Sr. F Victor Davila
Sr. F JT Thompson

Important departures:

Malcolm Delaney: 18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.0 apg
Jeff Allen: 13.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.8 apg
Allan Chaney: Not cleared to play because of heart condition.

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 37.1 percent
Rebounding: 38.4 percent

Additions:

Dorian Finney-Smith, No. 31 Rivals.com and ESPNU five-star small forward from Portsmouth, Va.
Robert Brown, No. 82 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star power forward from Chatham, Va.
C.J. Barksdale, No. 99 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star shooting guard from Danville, Va.

Schedule highlights:

Best non-conference game: vs. Kansas State
Toughest conference stretch: Jan. 19-22 (vs. North Carolina, at Virginia)

Outlook:

Last season was supposed to be a special year for the Hokies, with Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen, Dorenzo Hudson and JT Thompson leading a deep, seasoned squad to a deep NCAA Tournament run. But it just didn’t work out for coach Seth Greenberg’s squad. Hudson and Thompson went down to season-ending injuries, and Florida transfer Allan Chaney never suited up because of a heart condition.

Despite last season’s tribulations, the Hokies remained competitive, narrowly missing the Big Dance. This season, Hudson and Thompson return with their sights set on taking Virginia Tech further into the NCAA Tournament. Erick Green and Jarell Eddie return along with Victor Davila to give Greenberg another veteran lineup. The question is whether the team can replace the interior dominance of Allen and the relentless desire to win that Delaney possessed.

Prediction: Seventh

Next: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-24, 1-15)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

So. G Tony Chennault
Jr. G C.J. Harris
So. F Travis McKie
Sr. F Nikita Mescheriakov
Sr. C Ty Walker

Important departures:

J.T. Terrell: 11.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg
Gary Clark: 10.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.6 apg
Ari Stewart: 8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.1 apg

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 54.4 percent
Rebounding: 71.6 percent

Additions:

None of note.

Schedule highlights:

Best non-conference game: at Seton Hall
Toughest conference stretch: Jan. 19-28 (at Duke, at Boston College, vs. Florida State, at Clemson)

Outlook:

Last season turned pretty ugly for coach Jeff Bzdelik and the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest dropped 15 of 16 ACC games and ranked as one of the worst major conference teams in the country. Since last season, the team lost about 50 percent of its scoring as Gary Clark graduated and J.T. Terrell and Ari Stewart left the team.

Sophomores Travis McKie and Tony Chennault return to lead a relatively young roster. The team figures to struggle again this season, but they should have better chemistry in Bzdelik’s second season. The team must remain competitive in more games to keep the heat off Ron Wellman, the university’s athletic director who canned Dino Gaudio, a Skip Prosser disciple whose teams had a bad habit of peaking in January, in favor of Wellman’s friend, Bzdelik.

Prediction: 11th

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Butler Bulldogs 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Butler Bulldogs (28-10, 13-5)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G Ronald Nored
Jr. G Chase Stigall
Jr. C Andrew Smith
So. F Eric Fromm
So. F Khyle Marshall

Important departures:

Shelvin Mack: 16.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg
Matt Howard: 16.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 apg

Two of the mainstays on the Butler teams that advanced to two consecutive NCAA championship games are gone. The Bulldogs will also need to replace Shawn Vanzant (8.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), a key role player during the past few seasons.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 37 percent
Rebounding: 53 percent

The Bulldogs return three players with significant starting experience: Khyle Marshall, Andrew Smith and Ronald Nored.

Additions:

The Bulldogs will welcome six new recruits to the squad this fall. Roosevelt Jones is a three-star recruit from Illinois who will play small forward. Jackson Aldridge is a three-star recruit from Australia who will provide depth at guard. Kameron Woods is a two-star recruit from Kentucky who will add height. Andy Smethers is a two-star recruit and local product who can play both guard and forward. Alex Barlow and Elliott Kampen are two less heralded recruits.

Schedule highlights:

Butler’s home matchup against Louisville Nov. 19 will be the team’s most important nonconference game. In Horizon League play, the Bulldogs will face two stretches in which they face Detroit and Cleveland State, two of the top teams in the Horizon League, as well as an improved Youngstown State team.

Prediction: The Bulldogs will finish first in what should be a closely contested Horizon League this season.

Next: Cleveland State

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Cleveland State Vikings

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Cleveland State Vikings (27-9, 13-5)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G Jeremy Montgomery
Sr. G Trevon Harmon
Sr. C Aaron Pogue
Jr. F Tim Kamczyc
Sr. F D’Aundray Brown

Important departures:

Norris Cole: 21.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.3 apg

After rewriting the Vikings’ record books, Norris Cole graduated and joined the Miami Heat in June’s NBA draft. Joe Latas (1.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.1 apg), Charlie Woods (2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.6 apg) and Josh McCoy (4.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.7 apg) transferred. Anthony Wells, who only played in eight games last season and did not score a point, also left the team. Keith Mackie, who also did not score a point last season, left the team as well. Darius Ware (0.5 ppg, 0.1 rpg, 0.0 apg) will not return either.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 58 percent
Rebounding: 64 percent

Four starters return from last year’s team: Tim Kamczyc, Aaron Pogue, Jeremy Montgomery and Trevon Harmon.

Additions:

Four new faces will be joining the Vikings this season. Anton Grady, a local product from Cleveland Central Catholic High School, is the Vikings’ most heralded recruit, and he will immediately strengthen the Vikings’ inside game. Charles Lee is a two-star recruit from Canada, and he will provide depth at the point guard position. Ike Nwamu, a two-star recruit, will provide depth at the guard position. Marlin Mason, a forward from Detroit, is viewed by the Vikings as a developmental player.

Schedule highlights:

The Vikings’ biggest nonconference matchup comes in their first game of the season, a home game against Vanderbilt. During Horizon League play, the Vikings face a tough three-game schedule in early February against Valparaiso, Butler and Milwaukee.

Prediction: The Vikings will finish second. Uncertainty about the quality of their bench play keeps them from the top spot.

Next: Detroit Titans

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Detroit Titans 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Detroit Titans (17-16, 10-8)

 

 Editor’s note: We updated this article at 1 pm Nov. 7, 2011, to provide new information about Eli Holman’s stats. 

 

 

Projected starting five:

So. G Ray McCallum
Sr. G Chase Simon
Sr. G Chris Blake
Jr. F LaMarcus Lowe
So. F Evan Bruinsma

Important departures:

The Titans did not lose any players to graduation. However, Eli Holman (11.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.6 blocks per game) left after a suspension a couple of months before the season.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 70 percent
Rebounding: 62.5 percent

Most of the Titans’ roster returns this fall.

Additions:

One new recruit and one transfer join the Titans’ squad this fall. Two-star recruit Alvin (P.J.) Boutte, a guard from Indianapolis, will provide depth at the point guard position. Junior college transfer Doug Anderson, a Top 40 Juco recruit, joins the Titans from Mott Community College and will play forward.

Schedule highlights:

The Titans’ biggest nonconference matchup occurs in the first game of the season, when the Titans square off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. During Horizon League play, the Titans have two tough stretches during which they will play Valparaiso, Green Bay and Butler.

Prediction: The Titans will finish third. Eli Holman’s indefinite suspension keeps the Titans from being ranked second.

Next: Green Bay Phoenix

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Green Bay Phoenix 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Green Bay Phoenix (14-18, 8-10)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Fr. G Keifer Sykes
Sr. G Steve Baker
So. C Alec Brown
Sr. F Jarvis Williams
So. F Daniel Turner

Important departures:

Rahmon Fletcher: 15.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.1 apg
Bryquis Perine: 11.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg. 2.8 apg

Starters Rahmon Fletcher and Bryquis Perine both graduated. Reserve forward Greg LeSage (2.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.4 apg) also graduated.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 48 percent
Rebounding: 69 percent

The Phoenix return three starters: Alec Brown, Jarvis Williams and Daniel Turner.

Additions:

Aaron Armstead is a freshman guard from Illinois who was named to the Associated Press Class 2A All-State First Team in Illinois. Jared Dimakos is a freshman walk-on guard from Illinois. One-star recruit Josh Humphrey is a freshman guard from Illinois. Greg Mays is a freshman forward from Illinois who is not expected to contribute much immediately. Keifer Sykes is a freshman guard from Illinois who was a McDonald’s All-American nominee. Terry Johnson is a transfer from Illinois State who will play guard for the Phoenix after sitting out last season.

Schedule highlights:

The Phoenix’s biggest nonconference matchup is against Wisconsin. In Horizon League play, the Phoenix face a tough three-game stretch against Butler, Valparaiso and Milwaukee.

Prediction: The Phoenix will finish fifth. Their talented rebounders will help them control many games in a size-challenged Horizon League.

Next: Loyola-Chicago Ramblers

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Loyola-Chicago Ramblers 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (16-15, 7-11)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. F Ben Averkamp
Sr. GF Jordan Hicks
Sr. C John Benkoske
Sr. G Courtney Stanley
Sr. G Walt Gibler

Important departures:

Geoff McCammon: 14.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg
Terrance Hill: 11.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg
Andy Polka: 6.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 apg

The Ramblers lost three starters in the offseason. Geoff McCammon, Andy Polka and Terrance Hill graduated.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 49 percent
Rebounding: 55 percent

The Ramblers return two starters: Ben Averkamp and Courtney Stanley.

Additions:

Joe Crisman is a freshman guard from Indiana who was a First Team Indiana Basketball Coaches Association All-State selection. London Dokubo is a freshman guard who is a local product from Schaumburg, Ill. Christian Thomas is a swingman from Missouri who earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 1 All-State status.

Schedule highlights:

The Ramblers’ biggest nonconference matchup is against Kansas State. During Horizon League play, the Ramblers face a tough three-game stretch against Butler, Detroit and Valparaiso.

Prediction: The Ramblers will finish ninth.

Next: UIC Flames

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UIC Flames 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

UIC Flames (7-24, 2-14)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. C Dorian Tyler
Sr. C Darrin Williams
Sr. F Paris Carter
Jr. G Gary Talton
So. F Hayden Humes

Important departures:

Robo Kreps: 15.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.9 apg
Paul Carter: 14.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.9 apg
Zavion Neely: 8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg
Brad Birton: 5.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg

The Flames were hit hard by graduation. Robo Kreps, Paul Carter, Brad Birton, Zavion Neely, K.C. Robbins (4.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.5 apg), Jimmy Harding (0.6 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 0.2 apg), and Dipanjot Singh (5.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg) all graduated. Eddie Denard and Shawn King are no longer with the team. Guard Corey Gray (3.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.4 apg) transferred to Chicago State.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 19 percent
Rebounding: 36 percent

The Flames return one starter: Darrin Williams.

Additions:

Jerome Brown is a freshman guard and local product from Chicago who is known for his outside shooting. Marc Brown is a freshman guard from Texas who received all-state honors during his senior year. Ahman Fells is a freshman forward and local product from Chicago who helped his high school team win two consecutive state titles. Rob Robinson is a freshman swingman who is another Chicago product who played for a year at a prep school before joining the Flames. Will Simonton is a freshman center from Virginia who is known for his defensive prowess. Sammy Sutter is a freshman guard who was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) all-state team and who joined the team as a walk-on. Greg Travis is a freshman guard and yet another local product. Guard Gary Talton is a Juco transfer.

Schedule highlights:

The Flames’ biggest nonconference matchup is against Oregon State. During Horizon League play, the Flames face a tough three-game test of Butler, Milwaukee and Green Bay.

Prediction: The Flames, who are in a rebuilding mode, will finish 10th.

Next: Valparaiso Crusaders

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Valparaiso Crusaders 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Valparaiso Crusaders (23-13, 12-6)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Jr. G/F Ryan Broekhoff
Jr. G Erik Buggs
Jr. G Matt Kenney
Jr. F Richie Edwards
Jr. F Kevin Van Wijk

Important departures:

Brandon Wood: 16.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.1 apg
Cory Johnson: 14.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Howard Little: 9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Michael Rogers: 5.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg

The Crusaders lost several key players, including several starters. Cory Johnson, Howard Little and Michael Rogers all graduated. In addition, Brandon Wood, who was an All-Horizon League First Team honoree graduated following his junior season of eligibility and transferred to Michigan State.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 39 percent
Rebounding: 49 percent

Two starters return for the Crusaders: Ryan Broekhoff and Erik Buggs.

Additions:

Will Bogan is a transfer from Ole Miss who is eligible to play immediately for the Crusaders. Bogan will play guard. Ben Boggs is a transfer from Virginia Tech who will join the team in the second half of the season and play guard. Bobby Capobianco is a transfer from Indiana, but he will not play this season because of NCAA transfer regulations. One-star recruit Richie Edwards is a Juco transfer who will play forward for the Crusaders. Vashil Fernandez is a freshman forward from Jamaica who will strengthen the Crusaders’ inside game. The eligibility of Dino Jakolis, a one-star recruit from Croatia, is still uncertain.

Schedule highlights:

Valparaiso’s biggest nonconference matchup is a matchup against Ohio State. In Horizon League play, Valparaiso faces a tough three-game stretch during which they will face Green Bay, Milwaukee and Detroit.

Prediction: The Crusaders will finish sixth. Replacing the amount of talent that departed in the offseason will be difficult, especially if Jakolis is declared ineligible.

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