Mount St. Mary’s

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Coach: Jamion Chris­tian (fifth sea­son, 63-65) 2015-16 record: 14-19, 10-8 (fifth in North­east Con­fer­ence) Tour­na­ment re­sult: Lost to No. 2 seed Fair­leigh Dick­in­son, 80-75, in NEC semi­fi­nals Pre­sea­son poll: t-fourth in NEC Key non­con­fer­ence games: at No. 20 West Vir­ginia (tonight), at No. 24 Iowa State (Mon­day), at Min­nesota (Wed­nes­day), at Ge­orge Ma­son (next Fri­day), at Michi­gan (Nov. 26), at Arkansas (Nov. 28), at Loy­ola Mary­land (Dec. 3), vs. UMBC (Dec. 7), at Buck­nell (Dec. 19), vs. Cop­pin State (Dec. 22) Player to watch: Ju­nior Robin­son. The 5-5 ju­nior guard av­er­aged 12.5 points, sec­ond most on the team, and 3.1 as­sists last sea­son en route to earn­ing All-NEC sec­ond-team hon­ors. Robin­son, who scored at least 20 points five times last sea­son, led the team with 102 as­sists, was sixth in the con­fer­ence in as­sist-to-turnover ra­tio (1.23) and shot a team-high 34.2 per­cent from 3-point range. The skinny: Can the Moun­taineers sur­vive a tough nine-game road trip to start the sea­son? In ad­di­tion to open­ing against a pair of Top 25 teams (West Vir­ginia and Iowa State), Mount St. Mary’s faces two Big Ten teams (Min­nesota and Michi­gan), a strong mid-ma­jor (Ge­orge Ma­son) and an Arkansas team with South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Pre­sea­son Player of the Year Moses Kings­ley. The Mount will have to fig­ure out how to re­place lead­ing scorer BK Ashe (13.8 points per game) and lead­ing re­bounder Gre­gory Graves (5.5 re­bounds per game). Se­nior for­ward Will Miller fig­ures to shoul­der some of the load af­ter hit­ting seven 3-point­ers en route to a game-high 22 points to lead Mount St. Mary’s to an 89-65 win over Hood in an ex­hi­bi­tion Satur­day.


Coach: Pat Sk­erry (sixth sea­son, 76-87) 2015-16 record: 20-13, 11-7 (t-third in Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion) Tour­na­ment re­sults: Lost to No. 6 seed North­east­ern, 71-60, in CAA quar­ter­fi­nals; lost to Oak­land, 90-72, in Ve­gas 16 first round Pre­sea­son poll: Sec­ond in CAA Key non­con­fer­ence games: at Ge­orge Ma­son (Satur­day), at No. 25 Mary­land (Nov. 20), at Bos­ton Col­lege (Nov. 22), vs. Stony Brook (Nov. 25), vs. Old Do­min­ion (Dec. 3), vs. Loy­ola Mary­land (Dec. 7), at UMBC (Dec. 17), vs. Ne­vada (Dec. 21), vs. Iona (Dec. 22) Player to watch: Arnaud Wil­liam Adala Moto. The 6-7 se­nior for­ward and Wake For­est trans­fer re­ceived pre­sea­son All-CAA first team hon­ors af­ter lead­ing the Tigers in scor­ing (13.9 points per game) and re­bounds (8.3) en route to be­ing named to the All-CAA sec­ond team. Adala Moto had eight dou­ble dou­bles last sea­son. The skinny: Can the Tigers ride Adala Moto and ju­nior guard Mike Morsell to the top of the con­fer­ence? Morsell, a pre­sea­son All-CAA sec­ond-team pick af­ter be­ing named a third-team se­lec­tion at the end of last sea­son, av­er­aged 13 points while shoot­ing 31.1 per­cent from 3-point range. Tow­son also wel­comes back a key con­trib­u­tor in se­nior for­ward John Davis, a starter last sea­son who shot a team-best 37.9 per­cent from be­yond the arc while av­er­ag­ing 10.3 points and 5.5 re­bounds. Ju­nior guard Eddie Keith II, sopho­more guard Jor­dan McNeil (Mount Saint Joseph) and sopho­more for­ward Alex Thomas also re­turn.


Coach: Ryan Odom (first sea­son) 2015-16 record: 7-25, 3-13 (ninth in Amer­ica East Con­fer­ence) Tour­na­ment re­sult: Lost to No. 1 seed Stony Brook, 86-76, in Amer­ica East quar­ter­fi­nals Pre­sea­son poll: Sixth in Amer­ica East Key non­con­fer­ence games: at UMES (Sun­day), at Navy (Nov. 23), at Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 7), vs. Tow­son (Dec. 17), at James Madi­son (Dec. 23), at Vir­ginia Tech (Dec. 28) Player to watch: Jairus Lyles. A pre­sea­son All-Amer­ica East se­lec­tion, the 6-2 ju­nior guard led the con­fer­ence with 22.1 points, 2.7 steals and 37.2 min­utes per game in league games last sea­son. He set a UMBC sin­gle-sea­son record with a con­fer­ence-best 23 points per game last sea­son on his way to earn­ing sec­ond-team All-Amer­ica East hon­ors. De­spite miss­ing 11 games, he set UMBC sopho­more records in field goals (170) and points (482), and tied the mark in steals (53). The skinny: Can Odom make the Retriev­ers com­pet­i­tive in his first sea­son? Odom, who led Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) to the NCAA Di­vi­sion II re­gional fi­nals for the first time in school his­tory, must fo­cus on fix­ing a de­fense that al­lowed 80.6 points per game, third worst in the con­fer­ence. UMBC also al­lowed op­po­nents to shoot 49.6 per­cent from the field, bet­ter than only 8-22 Maine. Odom has an ex­pe­ri­enced group to work with, re­tain­ing ju­niors Rod­ney El­liott (John Car­roll) and Jourdan Grant (Arch­bishop Spald­ing) at guard and se­nior Will Dar­ley (Du­laney) and sopho­more Joe Sher­burne at for­ward. El­liott came back from shoul­der surgery to av­er­age 12.8 points and 3.6 as­sists last sea­son. Grant added solid perime­ter de­fense, fin­ish­ing fourth in the con­fer­ence in steals per game (1.3), and tied for eighth all time among UMBC sopho­mores with 41 steals. The front­court should be dan­ger­ous from the perime­ter: Dar­ley fin­ished fourth in the con­fer­ence in 3-point field-goal per­cent­age (.434), and Sher­burne hit 61 3-point­ers, the third most for a UMBC fresh­man.


Coach: Bobby Collins (third sea­son, 28-37) 2015-16 record: 10-22, 7-9 (t-sixth in MEAC) Tour­na­ment fin­ish: Lost to No. 9 seed Mor­gan State, 65-58, in MEAC first round Pre­sea­son poll: Eighth in MEAC Key non­con­fer­ence games: at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton (tonight), vs. UMBC (Sun­day), at Bos­ton Col­lege (Tues­day), at Wi­chita State (Nov. 20), at Vir­ginia Tech (Dec. 7), at Michi­gan (Dec. 17), at UTEP (Dec. 21) Player to watch: Bakari Copeland. The 6-6 se­nior for­ward, a pre­sea­son sec­ond-team All-MEAC se­lec­tion, av­er­aged 10.5 points and 4.6 re­bounds last sea­son, scor­ing in dou­ble dig­its in 16 of the last 21 games. Copeland took ad­van­tage of a change to the NBA draft process and de­clared early at the end of the sea­son to par­tic­i­pate in pre­draft work­outs, but later an­nounced he would re­turn for his se­nior year. Skinny: Will the Hawks be able to re­place a pair of All-MEAC play­ers? Gone are Do­minique El­liott (14.8 points per game) and Devin Martin (16.8), se­nior lead­ers who car­ried the scor­ing load. Sopho­more Isaac Tay­lor, Copeland’s room­mate, never started as a fresh­man and played just 5.7 min­utes per game, but should see an in­creased work­load be­cause of the Hawks’ lack of front­court depth. UMES lists just four for­wards on its 15-man ros­ter. Tay­lor is the tallest and the heav­i­est Hawk, at 6-8 and 250 pounds. Help­ing out in the back­court will be grad­u­ate stu­dent Der­rico Peck, who shot a team-best 75.7 per­cent from the field last sea­son, and ju­nior col­lege trans­fer Michael Cham­bers, who av­er­aged 14.5 points, 2.9 as­sists, 4.0 re­bounds and 1.3 steals last sea­son at Cape Fear Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Wilm­ing­ton, N.C.


Coach: Tom Rose (sec­ond sea­son, 10-15) 2015-16 record: 10-15, 6-10 (sixth in Di­vi­sion III Land­mark Con­fer­ence) Tour­na­ment fin­ish: Did not qual­ify Pre­sea­son poll: Sev­enth in Land­mark Key non­con­fer­ence games: at Sal­is­bury (Tues­day), at Hood (Nov. 22), vs. Saint Vin­cent at Pitts­burgh (Nov. 26), vs. East­ern (Nov. 29), at Tow­son (Nov. 30), vs. Steven­son (Dec. 17) Player to watch: Chris Out­ing. The 6-7 se­nior for­ward is the top re­turn­ing scorer (8.0 points per game), and will be tasked with help­ing fill the big shoes of lead­ing scorer and All-Land­mark sec­ond-team se­lec­tion Kevin Miles (16.7 points per


Todd Boze­man, who is start­ing his 11th sea­son as coach at Mor­gan State, needs to find re­place­ments for lead­ing scor­ers Cedric Blos­som and Rasean Simp­son.

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