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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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Clemson Tigers 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Clemson Tigers (22-12, 9-7)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G Andre Young
Sr. G Tanner Smith
Sr. F Bryan Narcisse
Jr. F Milton Jennings
Jr. F Devin Booker

Important departures:

Demontez Stitt: 14.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg
Jerai Grant: 12.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 0.8 apg

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 57.7 percent
Rebounding: 66.1 percent

Additions:

Bernard Sullivan, No. 83 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star freshman power forward from Davidson, N.C.

Schedule highlights:

Best non-conference game: at Arizona
Toughest conference stretch: Jan. 31-Feb. 4 (at Virginia, at Virginia Tech)

Outlook:

Clemson returns a very talented lineup and faces a relatively favorable conference schedule that should help the Tigers return to the NCAA Tournament this season. The Tigers must replace the contributions of Demontez Stitt in the backcourt and Jerai Grant in the frontcourt. However, their absence will give Tanner Smith and Milton Jennings a chance to shine this year.

In addition to Jennings and Smith, coach Brad Brownell will count on Devin Booker to anchor the Tigers’ offense. Booker was second on the team in rebounds last year, and he’ll need to continue to grab six to eight rebounds per game while boosting his 8.1 ppg closer to 12 or 13 ppg.

Prediction: Fourth

Next: Duke Blue Devils

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Duke Blue Devils 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Duke Blue Devils (32-5, 13-3)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Fr. G Austin Rivers
Jr. G Seth Curry
Jr. G Andre Dawkins
Jr. F Ryan Kelly
Jr. F Mason Plumlee

Important departures:

Nolan Smith: 20.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.1 apg
Kyrie Irving: 17.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.3 apg
Kyle SIngler: 16.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 47.2 percent
Rebounding: 67.4 percent

Additions:

Austin Rivers, No.1 Rivals.com and ESPNU five-star freshman combo guard from Winter Park, Fla.
Michael Gbinije, No. 35 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star freshman small forward from Richmond, Va.
Quinn Cook, No. 38 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star freshman point guard from Washington, D.C.
Alex Murphy, No. 45 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star freshman small forward from Southborough, Mass.
Marshall Plumlee, No. 79 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star freshman power forward from Arden, N.C.

Schedule highlights:

Best non-conference game: at Ohio State
Toughest conference stretch: Feb. 2-8 (at Virginia Tech, vs. Miami, at North Carolina)

Outlook:

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has to replace a couple of veteran leaders in Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler in addition to freshman sensation Kyrie Irving. Duke fans must feel shafted after Irving started on fire last season, then injured his toe and never returned to form. Duke faltered in the Sweet 16 last season, and the Blue Devils will have much lower expectations this season.

However, that might make the Blue Devils even more dangerous than last season. As usual, Coach K has a loaded recruiting class, headlined by Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook and Michael Gbinije. Add those talented youngsters to a lineup that already includes Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins and the Plumlee crew, and you have a team ready to compete at the top of the ACC standings.

Prediction: Second

Next: Florida State Seminoles

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Florida State Seminoles 2011-12 Preview

by - Published November 4, 2011 in Conference Notes

Florida State Seminoles (23-11, 11-5)

 

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G Jeff Peterson
Sr. G Deividas Dulkys
Jr. G Michael Snaer
So. F Okaro White
Jr. C Bernard James

Important departures:

Chris Singleton: 13.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.2 apg
Derwin Kitchen: 10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 apg

Percent returning scoring and rebounding:

Scoring: 69.3 percent
Rebounding: 70.9 percent

Additions:

Jeff Peterson, senior point guard transferred from Arkansas
Kiel Turpin, junior power forward transferred from D-II Lincoln College
Antwan Space, No. 91 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star freshman small forward from DeSoto, Texas
Terry Whisnant, No. 103 Rivals.com and ESPNU four-star freshman shooting guard from Cherryville, N.C.

Schedule highlights:

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

Outlook:

Under coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles have perennially been one of the top defensive teams in the country. Even without uber-athlete Chris Singleton, Florida State figures to continue its defensive dominance this season, with Bernard James leading the way. Florida State has good height throughout its lineup, forcing opponents to shoot outside the lane, and no one shot well beyond the arc against the Noles last season.

The question will be whether the Seminoles can generate enough offense to win some ugly, low-scoring affairs. Senior transfer Jeff Peterson will be a major part of that answer. The team could turn to Peterson to play point guard after he graduated from Arkansas last season and transfered to Tallahassee as a player eligible to join the team immediately. Hamilton will need Peterson to play well, and he’s got to hope that Michael Snaer, Deividas Dulkys and Luke Loucks practiced their jump shots all summer. None of the team’s top returning guards shot better than 40 percent from the field last season.

Prediction: Fifth

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