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Wright State Raiders 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Wright State Raiders (19-14, 10-8)





Projected starting five:

So. F Cole Darling
Sr. F Johann Mpondo
So. F A.J. Pacher
So. G Matt Vest
So. G Vance Hall

Important departures:

Vaughn Duggins: 18.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg
N’gai Evans: 13.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg
Troy Tabler: 10.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg
Cooper Land: 8.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.7 apg

The Raiders lost more talent than any other team in the Horizon League. Their main losses include Vaughn Duggins, N’gai Evans, Troy Tabler and Cooper Land.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 28 percent
Rebounding: 54 percent

Two starters return for the Raiders: Cole Darling and Johann Mpondo


Brooklyn Bradley is a freshman guard who is a hometown product from Dayton, Ohio. Reggie Arceneaux is a freshman guard from North Carolina who was named to the NC Preps Class 4A All State Team. Jason Cuffee is a freshman guard from West Virginia who was first-team all-state in West Virginia. Stephen Gossard is a freshman forward from Ohio who is not expected to contribute immediately. Kendall Griffin is a freshman guard from Indiana who has been recognized by the Wright State coaching staff for his defense. Alex Pritchett is a freshman forward from Indiana who is a hard-working, physical post player. Tavares Sledge is a freshman forward from Alabama who has been described as having a unique blend of size and athleticism. Ulysses Thomas is a freshman guard and local product from Cincinnati who will play point guard for the Raiders.

Schedule highlights:

The Raiders’ biggest nonconference matchup is their first game of the year against Ohio State. In Horizon League play, the Raiders face a tough three-game patch of Butler, Milwaukee and Valparaiso.

Prediction: The Raiders lost an enormous amount of talent to graduation, and it will take some time for them to return to their previous level. They will finish eighth.

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Youngstown State Penguins 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 3, 2011 in Conference Notes

Youngstown State Penguins (9-21, 2-16)





Projected starting five:

Sr. F DuShawn Brooks
Jr. G Damien Eargle
Sr. G Ashen Ward
Jr. G Blake Allen
So. G Kendrick Perry

Important departures:

Vytas Sulskis: 13.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg

Starter Vytas Sulskis graduated. Reserves Tre Brewer (4.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg) and Sheldon Brogdon (2.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.4 apg) are no longer with the team.

% returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 63 percent
Rebounding: 55 percent

The Penguins return four starters: Damien Eargle, Ashen Ward, Blake Allen, and Kendrick Perry.


Shawn Amiker Jr. is a freshman guard from Michigan who redshirted last season. D.J. Cole is a freshman guard from Kansas who was a third-team all-state player in Kansas. Cale Zuiker is a freshman forward from Wisconsin who was an all-state player in Wisconsin. Danny Reese is a freshman guard who is a hometown product from Youngstown, Ohio, and was named as an honorable mention all-state player in Ohio. Fletcher Larson is a freshman forward from New York who redshirted last season.

Schedule highlights:

The Penguins’ biggest nonconference match up is against Penn State. In Horizon League play, the Penguins face a tough three-game stretch against Butler, Milwaukee, and Green Bay.

Prediction: Although the Penguins will improve on last season’s performance, they will still struggle to reach the upper echelons of the Horizon League and finish seventh.

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UConn Defeats Louisville for the Big East Title: A Tempo-Free Look

by - Published March 14, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, NJ – Have netbook will travel. Seriously, a time to assess the Big East Championship game. UCONN made it five wins in five days and one satisfying Big East championship at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies prevailed 69-66 in a game that literally came down to the final shot.

Possessions: UCONN 65 Louisville 65
Offensive Efficiency: UCONN 106 Louisville 102 … Continue Reading

A Tempo-Free Look at the A-10 Championship

by - Published March 13, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, NJ – Richmond earned their first Atlantic Ten Tournament title with a 67-54 decision over Dayton. The final at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall featured an outstanding defensive effort. The numbers:

Possessions: Dayton 61 Richmond 58
Offensive Efficiency: Dayton 89 Richmond 116 … Continue Reading

Notre Dame Playing As Well As Anyone

by - Published March 11, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – There isn’t anyone playing better than Notre Dame right now. If the fact that they had only lost once since mid-January doesn’t convince you, then perhaps their 89-51 dismantling of Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament will.

Notre Dame won’t leap out at you with big-time talent. There’s a reason many are surprised by how good this team has been, and it isn’t just that they lost the program’s all-time leading scorer in Luke Harangody and a key leader in point guard Tory Jackson. In the past, they’ve had plenty coming back, but this year that didn’t appear to be the case. But this team is much more than just the sum of its individual parts, and while it’s a cliché, it rings so true with this team that it bears mentioning. … Continue Reading

Big East Commissioner on End of Rutgers-St. John’s

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – Following St. John’s 65-63 win over Rutgers in the second round of the Big East Tournament, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto released a statement regarding the end of the game. There was controversy over how it ended, with broadcasts showing that St. John’s forward Justin Brownlee stepped out of bounds with time still remaining on the clock. Below is the text of Marinatto’s statement:

“The BIG EAST Conference acknowledges that two separate officiating errors occurred at the conclusion of the St. John’s vs Rutgers game. Both missed violations should have caused the game clock to stop and a change of possession to occur prior to the end of the game. Neither error is reviewable or correctable under NCAA playing rules.”

Calhoun sees Big East Deserving of 11 Bids

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – Should the Big east send eleven members to the Big Dance? In the estimation of UConn coach Jim Calhoun, why not ?

“First the field is 68, not 64 anymore,” Calhoun said following the Huskies’ first round win over DePaul. “Look what our teams have done (out of conference). We have beaten the Purdues and the Kentuckys out there.” In conference, the Big East schools just go at it relentlessly. Virtually every night games are one- or two-possession affairs. To Calhoun there is not a “weak sister” among them. … Continue Reading

George Mason and VCU: Now What?

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes, Your Phil of Hoops

We know Old Dominion will be in the NCAA Tournament. The Monarchs claimed their second straight conference title on Monday night with a win over arch-rival VCU. With that out of the way, what happens for some of the other top teams in the conference? Specifically, will George Mason and VCU make the NCAA Tournament as well?

That question can’t be answered here, but examining both teams’ case is a worthwhile exercise.

Most pundits figure George Mason is in. The Patriots won the regular season in what may be the best year ever for the CAA. They entered Championship Week as the hottest team in the country with 15 straight wins before the CAA Tournament. Their RPI is 27, which historically bodes well, although Missouri State can attest to that not being a sure thing. And the Patriots’ case is perhaps a little more interesting than one might think. … Continue Reading

March “Sadness” – Bidding an Outstanding Senior Good Bye

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – This was one that hurt. Like salt on a fresh wound. Seventh-seeded Canisius dropped a quarterfinal heartbreaker to second seed Loyola on Friday in the MAAC women’s quarterfinal.

The pain was on the expression of Micayla Drysdale. The Canisius senior guard, as usual, did all she could. Drysdale canned two free throws with three seconds left to give her team a three-point lead. The joyous anticipation of a semifinal date was fleeting. Seconds later, Miriam McKenzie buried a game-tying trey for Loyola to force overtime. There were five minutes of overtime to play but the spirit was noticeably drained from Canisius. The extra session was dominated by Loyola, a 68-53 winner. … Continue Reading

CAA Tournament Quick Hitters – Quarterfinals

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

RICHMOND, Va. – Some quick hitters from Saturday’s quarterfinal games at the CAA Tournament:

  • A common theme thus far has revolved around the teams with byes into the quarterfinals starting slowly because they aren’t in the same rhythm as the teams who had to win on Friday to get to this point. It happened in every game on Saturday, and even the coaches felt it made a difference at first. Clearly, though, each team found their footing after a while as all four top seeds advanced to the semifinals.
  • A little related to that, all eight games thus far have either been tied or had a two-point margin at halftime. … Continue Reading

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