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College Basketball 2006

State Men

November 03, 2006|By KENT BAKER | KENT BAKER,SUN REPORTER

COPPIN STATE

Coach -- Fang Mitchell, 21st season at Coppin State (330-261)

Affiliation -- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

2005-06 record -- 12-18 (12-6 MEAC)

Arena -- Coppin Center (1,720)

Consensus MEAC favorite -- Delaware State

Consensus Coppin State prediction -- Fourth

Starters lost -- One

Outlook -- After the usual sledgehammer road schedule that includes games at Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Tennessee, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Connecticut and Ohio State, Coppin should be fine. Tywain McKee (15.4 ppg, 2.5 spg) is an All-MEAC preseason pick and three other regulars are back, although two freshmen, 6-3 Ruben Britt and 6-6 Ethan Kennedy, will probably break into the starting lineup. The onus will be on the frontcourt - since the Eagles were pounded on the boards last year - and the usual pressing defense, which allowed 68.6 points per game, the most in nine years.

LOYOLA

Coach -- Jimmy Patsos, third season at Loyola (21-35)

Affiliation -- Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

2005-06 record -- 15-13 (8-10 MAAC)

Radio -- WNST (1570 AM)

Arena -- Reitz Arena (3,000)

Consensus MAAC favorite -- Marist

Consensus Loyola prediction -- Fifth

Starters lost -- Two

Outlook -- Two transfers loom large in the plans of the Greyhounds, who will have a new look without Andre Collins (26.1 ppg), the nation's No. 4 scorer last season. Two players left the program, but 6-4 Gerald Brown (Douglass), who departed Providence, will probably start right away, and 6-8 Omari Isreal, formerly of Notre Dame, is eligible the second semester. With holdovers Michael Tuck (9.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg), point man Shane James, Marquis Sullivan (Archbishop Spalding) and 6-10 Hassan Fofana, Patsos will have the height to contend in the MAAC. The bench should be adequate to play the up-and-down game the coach prefers.

MORGAN STATE

Coach -- Todd Bozeman, first season at Morgan State

Affiliation -- Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

2005-06 record -- 4-26 (4-14 MEAC)

Radio -- WEAA (88.9 FM)

Arena -- Hill Field House (4,250)

Consensus MEAC favorite -- Delaware State

Consensus Morgan State prediction -- 10th

Starters lost -- Two

Outlook -- In his second-chance job after serving an eight-year NCAA ban for cheating at California, Bozeman faces a major building project. Morgan regressed last season after showing some promise under Butch Beard, who resigned in frustration. Bozeman has some holdover talent headed by G Joe McLean (fifth in the MEAC at 14.7 ppg), F Karanvir Aujla (injured much of 2005-06) and F Ronald Timus, who sat out last season, then changed his mind about transferring. Boubacar Coly, a 6-9 transfer from Xavier, 6-9 freshman Rodney Stokes (Old Mill) and 6-8 freshman Gilroy Hemsley will add much-needed size.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S

Coach -- Milan Brown, fourth season at Mount St. Mary's (30-56)

Affiliation -- Northeast Conference

2005-06 record -- 13-17 (11-7 Northeast)

Radio -- WTHU (1450 AM)

Arena -- Knott Arena (3,500)

Consensus Northeast Conference favorite -- Monmouth

Consensus Mount St. Mary's prediction -- Eighth

Starters lost -- Two

Outlook -- The Mount has a lot of scoring to replace with Landy Thompson (1,733 career points), Charles Cook and Kiel Butler gone. The Mountaineers will depend mightily on the defense and some youngsters. Mychal Kearse (10.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg), the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in the league, will be the leader of a team that allowed an average of 66 points. Freshmen Jeremy Goode (5-9) and Will Holland (6-4) are likely starters, but there isn't a lot of height or experience overall. Rebounding is a question mark and injuries could be devastating.

NAVY

Coach -- Billy Lange, third season at Navy (19-37)

Affiliation -- Patriot League

2005-06 record -- 10-18 (3-11 Patriot)

Radio -- WNAV (1430 AM)

Arena -- Alumni Hall (5,710)

Consensus Patriot favorite -- Bucknell

Consensus Navy prediction -- Seventh

Starters lost -- One

Outlook -- The good news is that the Midshipmen are taller, thanks to the influx of plebes. The bad news is that the league - in which every team except Navy and Army now offers basketball scholarships - keeps improving. Four regulars return, but only Greg Sprink (14.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Corey Johnson and Kaleo Kina (an All-Patriot rookie pick) are expected to start. Newcomers such as 6- -10 Trey Stanton, 6-8 Bobby Fenske and 6-7 T.J. Topercer will see plenty of action on a team with only four upperclassmen. Navy should be good on the perimeter because the big guys can shoot.

TOWSON

Coach -- Pat Kennedy, third season at Towson (17-40)

Affiliation -- Colonial Athletic Association

2005-06 record -- 12-16 (8-10 CAA)

Radio -- WBAL (1090 AM), WTMD (89.7 FM)

Arena -- Towson Center (5,000)

Consensus CAA favorite -- Hofstra

Consensus Towson prediction -- Seventh

Starters lost -- One

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