1990-1991 State Division I Men's Basketball Previews

November 23, 1990

Coppin State

Last season's record: 26-7, 15-1 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Conference finish: First in regular season, champions in MEAC tournament

NCAA tournament: Lost to Syracuse in the first round

Coach: Fang Mitchell, 65-51 (fifth year)

Home court: Coppin Center-Pullen Gymnasium (3,000)

Key returnees: Reggie Isaac (G, 6-3, 185), 21.2 ppg; Larry McCollum (C, 6-9, 270), 31 blocked shots; Larry Stewart (F, 6-8, 220), 18.7 ppg, 11.2 rpg, MEAC Player of the Year; Larry Yarbray (G, 6-0, 175), 7.3 apg

Key newcomers: James Mazyck (G/F, 6-7, 185), Galen Howard (C, 6-10, 220), Dennis Brown (G/F, 6-6, 220)

Key to success: Another scorer to complement Stewart and Isaac. The Eagles had that player in Phil Booth last season, but he has departed. Sophomore Michael Johnson -- who hardly played last season -- and newcomer Brown have good outside jumpers and could be the answer.

Make tournament plans if: The Eagles stay injury-free. Stewart, Yarbray and McCollum had nagging injuries before practice started last month. Coppin's bench is deeper this season, but the team can't afford to lose one of its seasoned performers -- especially during conference play.

Loyola

Last season's record: 4-24, 2-14 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Conference finish: Sixth in MAAC South division, eliminated in first round of MAAC tournament

Coach: Tom Schneider, 4-24 (second year)

Home court: Reitz Arena (4,000)

Key returnees: Tracy Bergan (G, 6-0, 165), 9.7 ppg, 3.6 apg; Kevin Green (G, 6-4, 170), 19.4 ppg; George Sereikas (C, 6-7, 195), 4.2 ppg; Kevin Anderson (F, 6-4, 185), 8.3 ppg; John Boney (F, 6-7, 215), 4.0 ppg

Key newcomers: Jon Haggler (F, 6-5, 213), Mark Sparzak (C, 6-8, 220)

Key to success: Better shooting. The Greyhounds shot just 41.6 percent from the field last season, which explains their 4-24 record. Teams planned their defenses to stop Green, and no one stepped forward to pick up the scoring slack. Bergan missed half of the season, and should help this season. Loyola also will need some inside scoring, something that was missing last season.

Make tournament plans if: La Salle falls apart from the loss of Lionel Simmons (Sacramento Kings) and the other six teams picked to finish ahead of Loyola falter. The MAAC has some loaded teams this season, and it probably will take Schneider another season to have Loyola in serious competition.

Maryland

Last season's record: 19-14, 6-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference

Conference finish: Fifth in regular season, lost to Duke in the first round of the ACC tournament

NIT: Lost to Penn State in the second round

Coach: Gary Williams, 19-14 (second year)

Home court: Cole Field House (14,500)

Key returnees: Walt Williams (G/F, 6-8, 203), 12.4 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.2 rpg; Evers Burns (F/C, 6-8, 234), 4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg; Vince Broadnax (F, 6-3, 181), 3.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg; Cedric Lewis (C, 6-9, 223), 3.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg

Key newcomers: Matt Roe (G/F, 6-6, 198), 11 ppg at Syracuse two years ago; Garfield Smith (F, 6-7, 220), 16.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg at Coffeyville (Kansas) JC; Matthew Downing (G, 6-0, 180), 18 ppg at Dodge City (Kansas) JC; Eric Kjome (F, 6-7, 205), 9 ppg, 4.7 rpg at Air Force three years ago

Key to success: Rebounding and the ability of Walt Williams to stay out of foul trouble.

Make tournament plans if: Don't bother. Maryland is on NCAA probation until 1992.

Maryland Baltimore County

Last season's record: 12-16

Conference finish: Independent last season, entering first season East Coast Conference

Coach: Earl Hawkins, 29-27 (two years)

Home court: UMBC Fieldhouse (4,024)

Key returnees: Derrick Reid (F, 6-7, 220), 12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg; Jim Frantz (C, 6-10, 225), 11.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg; Bobby Mills (G, 6-2, 182), 4.8 apg; Emmanuel Fasaye (F, 6-8, 215), 4.1 rpg; Derell Thompson (G, 6-4, 185), 8.3 ppg; Brian Watkins (F, 6-4, 220), 8.0 ppg

Key newcomers: Mark Bogosh (C, 7-0, 230), Spencer Ferguson (G, 5-10, 175), Skip Saunders (G, 6-0, 165), Stanley Wright (F, 6-5, 190)

Key to success: Finding someone to fill the shoes of sharp-shooter Larry Simmons. The all-time leading scorer at the school, Simmons averaged 20.4 points last season. The Retrievers also will have to do a better job on defense, as they gave up a school-record 81.4 points per game. UMBC has inside strength in Reid, Frantz, Fasaye and Watkins, but will need a jump shooter to help open up the middle.

Make tournament plans if: The team has a near-perfect season. But that's too far-fetched. The ECC is a conference where UMBC would have been competitive last season, but with just one experienced guard in Mills in a guard-heavy conference, the Retrievers will find competing for the regular-season conference title difficult.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Last season's record: 10-17, 4-12 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

Conference finish: Tied for eighth in regular season, ineligible for MEAC tournament

Coach: Bob Hopkins (first year)

Home court: Tawes Gymnasium (2,000)

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