2008-09 Conference Capsules Print
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CONFERENCE USA
07-08 CHAMPIONS: xy-Memphis.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Memphis. NIT: UAB.
PRESEASON POLL: Memphis; UAB; Tulsa; Texas-El Paso; Southern Mississippi (only five teams picked).
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Robert Vaden, UAB; Robert Dozier, Memphis; Stefon Jackson, Texas-El Paso; Jerome Jordan, Tulsa; Jermaine Taylor, Central Florida.
ason. He'll be in charge at Rice, which ended the season on a 20-game losing streak.
08-09 PREDICTIONS:
NCAA-Memphis; UAB; Tulsa.
NIT-Texas-El Paso.
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HORIZON LEAGUE
07-08 CHAMPIONS: xy-Butler.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Butler. NIT: Cleveland State.
PRESEASON POLL: Cleveland State, Wright State, Illinois-Chicago, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Butler, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Valparaiso, Loyola of Chicago, Detroit, Youngstown State.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Josh Mayo, Illinois-Chicago; J'Nathan Bullock, Cleveland State; Cedric Jackson, Cleveland State; Vaughn Duggins, Wright State; Matt Howard, Butler.
THREE THINGS: Butler has been the Horizon's star program for the last decade with last season's conference 30 wins and a solid stint in the Top Ten capping the run. The Bulldogs lost four starters from that team. Even though second-year coach Brad Stevens brought in a solid recruiting class, things should be different in Hinkle Field House. ... Perry Watson retired after 15 seasons at Detroit and former Indiana assistant Ray McCallum takes over. ... Cleveland State went from 20 losses to 20 wins last season, and seniors J'Nathan Bullock and Cedric Jackson should make the Vikings a title contender again.
08-09 PREDICTIONS:
NCAA-Cleveland State.
NIT-Butler.
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IVY LEAGUE
07-08 CHAMPION: Cornell.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Cornell.
PRESEASON POLL: Cornell; Penn; Yale; Harvard; Brown; Columbia; Dartmouth; Princeton.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: None.
THREE THINGS: Cornell stormed to the top of the league last season with a 14-0 mark and a school-record 22 wins. The Big Red have four starters back, including player of the year Louis Dale and all-conference pick Ryan Wittman. ... James Agel replaces Craig Robinson at Brown; it will be hard to replace the graduated backcourt of Mark McAndrew and Damon Huffman, who helped the Bruins to a school-record 19 wins last season. ... It looks like it will be a second straight season neither Penn nor Princeton wins the league. Cornell's perfect season was the first time in 20 years and only the fifth since 1960 one of the perennial powers didn't win the conference.
08-09 PREDICTIONS:
NCAA-Cornell.
NIT-None.
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METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC
07-08 CHAMPIONS: x-Rider; Siena. y-Siena.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Siena.
PRESEASON POLL: Siena; Fairfield; Rider; Niagara; Loyola, Md.; Manhattan; Iona; Canisius; Saint Peter's; Marist.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Jonathan Han, Fairfield; Ryan Thompson, Rider; Alex Franklin, Siena; Kenny Hasbrouck, Siena; Edwin Ubiles, Siena.
ne over Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Coach Fran McCaffrey has all five starters back, and the Saints will have a chance at more big wins with a tough nonconference schedule. ... Marist lost six of its top seven scorers and coach Matt Brady. Former Memphis assistant Chuck Martin takes over the program. ... Iona, which has had one winning season since 2002, has four starters back and will have Big East transfers Kashif Pratt and Jonathan Huffman eligible.
08-09 PREDICTIONS:
NCAA-Siena.
NIT-None.
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MID-AMERICAN
07-08 CHAMPIONS: xy-Kent State.
POSTSEASON TEAMS: NCAA: Kent State. NIT: Akron.
PRESEASON POLL: East: Kent State; Miami; Bowling Green; Akron; Ohio; Buffalo. West: Western Michigan; Eastern Michigan; Central Michigan; Toledo; Ball State; Northern Illinois.
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: East Division: Nate Linhart, Akron; Nate Miller, Bowling Green; Al Fisher, Kent State; Michael Bramos, Miami, Ohio; Jerome Tillman, Ohio. West Division: Anthony Newell, Ball State; Carlos Medlock, Eastern Michigan; Darion Anderson, Northern Illinois; Tyrone Kent, Toledo; David Kool, Western Michigan.
THREE THINGS: Despite four surgeries for heart and other problems, Charlie Coles will be in charge at Miami for a 13th season, and the RedHawks have six seniors back, including guard Michael Bramos, who averaged 16.2 points in an injury-filled 2008-09. ... Kent State has a 10-year string of 20-win seasons; that could be tested under first-year coach Geno Ford, who will face a tough nonconference schedule with a thin frontcourt. ... John Groce at Ohio University and Gene Cross at Toledo are the league's other new coaches.
08-09 PREDICTIONS:
NCAA-Western Michigan.
NIT-Miami.
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