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November 07, 2001

Coppin State

Coach: Fang Mitchell, 16th season at Coppin (269-172) Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2000-01 record: 13-15 (11-8 MEAC) Radio: None Arena: Coppin Center (1,720) Consensus MEAC favorite: South Carolina State Consensus Coppin prediction: 4th Starters lost: 1 Outlook: With leading scorer Joe Brown gone from a team that lost more conference games than any Eagles team since 1987-88, Mitchell is wondering where all the points will come from. And injuries and some disciplinary action have slowed preseason practice. But the Eagles' usual sticky defense and Mitchell's emphasis on fundamentals should have them in the thick of the MEAC chase.

Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

DeMond Huff Jr. 6-10 240 F-C

Michael Poster Sr. 6-3 190 G-F

LeMar Ruffin So. 6-8 220 F

Rasheem Sims Sr. 6-2 185 G

Donnell Thomas Sr. 6-8 205 F-C

Larry Tucker Sr. 6-4 210 G-F

Terek Wright Sr. 6-11 280 C

Newcomers

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

Jimmy Boykin So. 6-7 200 F

Drew Cagle Jr. 6-5 205 G-F

Henry Colter Fr. 7-0 200 F

Alexy Ferreira So. 6-2 180 G

Robert Smith Fr. 5-10 185 G

Loyola

Coach: Scott Hicks, 2nd season at Loyola (6-23), 10th overall (137-118) Affiliation: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 2000-01 record: 6-23 (2-16 MAAC) Radio: WWLG (1360 AM) Arena: Reitz Arena (3,000) Consensus MAAC favorite: Iona Consensus Loyola prediction: 8th Starters lost: 3 Outlook: Except for the returning backcourt of Damien Jenifer and B.J. Davis, the Greyhounds' roster is practically all new. Starting positions are wide-open, and as many as three freshmen could find spots in the lineup, including promising 6-foot-10 center Irakli Nijaradze, who comes to Baltimore from the Republic of Georgia. This is a rebuilding team that should improve as the season grinds on.

Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

B.J. Davis So. 5-11 175 G

Ryan Dickey So. 6-1 165 G

Damien Jenifer Sr. 6-0 180 G

Delonnie Southall Jr. 6-7 250 F

Donovan Thomas So. 6-7 220 F

Newcomers

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

Bernard Allen Fr. 6-5 215 F

Lindbergh Chatman So. 6-5 215 F

Jim Chivers Fr. 6-8 220 F

Sean Corrigan Fr. 6-11 250 F-C

Dennis Desmond So. 5-11 175 G

Lucious Jordan Fr. 6-2 200 G

Kyle Koch So. 6-2 180 G

Peter Koch Fr. 5-11 185 G

Irakli Nijaradze Fr. 6-10 250 C

UMBC

Coach: Tom Sullivan, 7th season at UMBC (72-96), 17th overall (226-221) Affiliation: Northeast Conference 2000-01 record: 18-11 (13-7 NEC) Radio: Only on Internet, at UMBCRetrievers- .com Arena: Retriever Activities Center (4,024) Consensus NEC favorite: Monmouth Consensus UMBC prediction: 3rd Starters lost: 2 Outlook: UMBC has become a perennial contender in the conference, and nothing should be different this season despite a lack of numbers. Malik Wallace, a transfer from Allegany Community College, is in line to replace three-point shooting specialist Terence Ward, and Sullivan has high expectations for a slimmed-down Andrew Feeley in the post. Another championship run is a possibility.

Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

Will McClurkin So. 6-9 230 C-F

Peter Mulligan So. 6-5 205 G-F

Kareem Washington Jr. 6-3 195 G

Andre Williams Jr. 6-5 240 F

Justin Wilson Jr. 6-0 175 G

Ron Yates So. 6-5 190 G

Eugene Young So. 6-7 235 F

Newcomers

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

Andrew Feeley Fr. 6-9 260 F-C

Rob Gogerty Fr. 6-1 165 G

Mike Snyder Fr. 6-2 200 G

Malik Wallace Jr. 6-2 185 G

UMES

Coach: Thomas Trotter Sr., 2nd season at UMES (12-16) Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 2000-01 record: 12-16 (10-8 MEAC) Radio: None Arena: Hytche Athletic Center (5,500) Consensus MEAC favorite: South Carolina State Consensus UMES prediction: 8th (tie) Starters lost: 1 Outlook: The Hawks have three returning starters who averaged 10 points or better last season, led by sophomore guard Thomas Trotter Jr. (14.2). Junior guard Ka'Reem Horton, a first-team All-JuCo All-American at Roxbury (Mass.) Community College, could be a key factor. UMES, which has seven players from the Chicago area, could surprise in the MEAC.

Returning players

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

Kevin Darby Sr. 6-5 205 G-F

Josh Hickman Sr. 5-9 158 G

Mohammad N'Diaye Sr. 6-8 247 F-C

Andre Newson Sr. 6-6 205 G-F

Tim Smith Sr. 6-3 185 G

Ali Trotman Jr. 6-6 218 F

Thomas Trotter Jr. So. 5-11 175 G

Newcomers

Name Yr. Ht. Wt. Pos.

Brandon Allen Fr. 6-8 222 F-C

Watra Banks Jr., 6-4 180 G

Justin Bowen Fr. 6-6 190 G-F

Brent Campbell Fr. 6-1 165 G

Ka'Reem Horton Jr. 6-4 156 G

Antoine Joiner So. 6-5 180 G

Jason Scott Jr. 7-0 320 C

Damond Thomas So. 6-10 265 C

Mount St. Mary's

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