Johns Hop­kins

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Coach: Bill Nel­son (31st sea­son, 485-302) 2015-16 record: 13-12, 10-8 (sixth in Di­vi­sion III Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence) Tour­na­ment fin­ish: Did not qual­ify Pre­sea­son poll: Third in Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence Key non­con­fer­ence games: at Lynch­burg (Tues­day), vs. Cabrini (next Fri­day), vs. Sal­is­bury/Staten Is­land (Nov. 19), vs. York (Pa.) (Dec. 29) Player to watch: Ryan Cur­ran. The 6-7 se­nior for­ward av­er­aged 13 points and a team-best 7.3 re­bounds while fin­ish­ing third on the Blue Jays in to­tal steals (19) and sec­ond in blocks (18). Skinny: Will Nel­son get his 500th ca­reer vic­tory at Hop­kins? He’s 15 away, and he gets back three starters from last year’s team, as well as six play­ers who played in at least 16 games. Grad­u­ate stu­dent Sam Gor­don, Cur­ran and ju­nior Jesse Flan­nery com­bined for 52 starts last sea­son. Also back is grad­u­ate stu­dent Austin Vasil­iadis, who missed the fi­nal 19 games with a knee in­jury. Vasil­iadis, a 5-11 guard, av­er­aged 14.3 points, 5.7 as­sists and 3.0 steals in 31.7 min­utes in six games be­fore his in­jury.

McDaniel

Coach: Kevin Cur­ley (10th sea­son, 123-112) 2015-16 record: 14-12, 10-8 (fifth in Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence) Tour­na­ment fin­ish: Lost to No. 4 seed Get­tys­burg, 68-56, in Cen­ten­nial first round Pre­sea­son poll: Eighth in Cen­ten­nial Key non­con­fer­ence games: vs. Wil­son (Tues­day), vs. Penn State-York (Nov. 19), vs. Penn State-Schuylkill (Nov. 27), at Mary­mount (Dec. 19), at City Col­lege of New York (Dec. 30) Play­ers to watch: Austin Can­non and Josh McWil­liams. Can­non, a 6-1 guard and Manch­ester Val­ley grad­u­ate, had a team-best 1.9 as­sist-to-turnover ra­tio and the sec­ond-most starts last sea­son of any re­turn­ing player (19), while McWil­liams is the lead­ing re­turn­ing scorer af­ter av­er­ag­ing 5.3 points per game last sea­son. The back­court duo will try to fill the role left by Wes Brooks, who was sec­ond on the team and fifth in the con­fer­ence in scor­ing, av­er­ag­ing 14.9 points. The skinny: Who will shoul­der the scor­ing load af­ter the loss of Brooks and for­ward Tim Ste­wart? Brooks took a team-high 64 3-point­ers last sea­son while shoot­ing a con­fer­ence-best 46.7 per­cent from be­yond the arc. Ste­wart led the team and was fourth in the con­fer­ence in scor­ing with 15.6 points per game, while also lead­ing the Green Ter­ror in re­bound­ing. Both earned first-team All-Cen­ten­nial hon­ors, the first time McDaniel had mul­ti­ple play­ers on the first team. Se­nior for­ward-cen­ter Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills) played the third-most min­utes per game last sea­son be­hind Brooks and Ste­wart.

Steven­son

Coach: Gary Ste­wart (sixth sea­son, 75-61) 2015-16 record: 11-15, 9-7 (fourth in Mid­dle At­lantic Con­fer­ence Com­mon­wealth) Tour­na­ment re­sult: Lost to No. 5 seed Ly­coming, 89-75, in MAC Com­mon­wealth first round Pre­sea­son poll: t-sev­enth in MAC Com­mon­wealth Key non­con­fer­ence games: vs. Lynch­burg (next Fri­day), vs. Skid­more (Nov. 19), at Goucher (Dec. 17), vs. Se­wa­nee (Dec. 29) and vs. Oglethorpe (Dec. 30) in At­lanta Player to watch: Sean May­berry. The 6-2 ju­nior guard, a Calvert Hall grad­u­ate, av­er­aged 13.3 points last sea­son, third best on the team. He’ll be called upon to step up af­ter the Mus­tangs lost a pair of All-MAC per­form­ers to grad­u­a­tion in Erik Fisher (Arch­bishop Spald­ing) and Chris­tian Roberts. In 23 starts, May­berry was sec­ond on the team with 5.6 re­bounds per game and fourth with 1.5 as­sists. The skinny: Can the Mus­tangs score enough to be com­pet­i­tive? Steven­son re­turns five play­ers from last sea­son’s team that qual­i­fied for the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment for the fifth straight year. May­berry is the only re­turn­ing player who scored in dou­ble dig­its last sea­son, with se­nior for­ward Ryan Hill (4.7 points per game), an Arun­del grad, and sopho­more guard Korey Hay­man Jr. (3.8) the next-best op­tions. cdoon@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/CJDoon For sea­son pre­views of Mary­land and Navy, go to bal­ti­more­sun.com/sports.

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