November 3 Emerald Coast Classic Notebook

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Vladimir Brodziansky

St. Bonaventure Coach Mark Schmidt

HIGH FUELED OFFENSE FOR MARYLAND, TCU: Sports Illustrated projects Maryland and TCU to rank among the top 50 efficient scoring offenses in college basketball.

Maryland ranks No. 29 with TCU right behind at No. 30. The Terrapins are expected to revolve their offense around forward Justin Jackson who is projected to average 12.2 points. TCU’s projected leading scorer is senior forward Vladimir Brodziansky at 14.1 points.

PRESSURE DOESN’T PHASE TCU SENIOR: Sportswriter Garrett Podell reports TCU guard Kenrich Williams doesn’t feel any pressure entering his senior year with buzz about a NBA future and hopes of TCU’s first NCAA tournament berth since 1998.

“I’m not really supposed to be here, I had no DI scholarship offers, just Division II,” Williams said. “I’m supposed to be playing Division II basketball, so there’s no pressure for me, I always keep that mindset.”

Williams, who attended high school in Waco, Texas, opted for New Mexico Junior College, before joining the Frogs in 2014.

He’s thriving as the Horned Frog’s stat-sheet stuffer. Last season he led the Big 12 in double-doubles with 19 and won Most Outstanding Player honors at the NIT.

SOPHOMORE EXPECTED TO LEAD TERPS: With the season opener less than a week away Baltimore Sun reporter Don Marcus writes that sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan will clearly be one of the leaders for Maryland this season.

Much of the early-season spotlight will fall on Cowan because of the position he plays.

While Cowan started every game at point guard for a 24-9 team as a freshman, his role as a floor leader will be much more defined this season in the absence of Trimble, who decided to forgo his senior year after leading Maryland to three straight NCAA tournament appearances and an overall 79-24 record.

“I definitely feel the game is so much easier. The game is a lot slower for me now,” Cowan said. “Last year there were so many things going through my head being a freshman coming in. … I think I can focus so much better now.”

READY FOR PRIMETIME: Russell Steinberg writes with a shift of power seemingly on the horizon in the Atlantic 10, the St. Bonaventure is in position to not only contend for the league title, but to make a run in the NCAA tournament, despite missing out on the postseason altogether in 2016-17.

As Dayton and VCU enter rebuilds, Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure are the two favorites in the A-10, and the Bonnies have risen to power on the backs of one of the best guard combos in college basketball.

St. Bonaventure returns four starters from a year ago, including Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley. The two scored more combined points last year than any returning duo in the nation and both found themselves on the All-Atlantic 10 first team.

This will be coach Mark Schmidt’s most experienced team in years, and one that, despite its flaws, should be the best he has ever had.

TRANSFERS SPARK LOBOS BACKCOURT: Sportswriter Geoff Grammer from the Albuquerque Journal says transfers Chris McNeal and Antino Jackson have not only elevated the point guard spot to arguably the strength of New Mexico, but clearly have become the tone-setters in practice for what first-year head coach Paul Weir wants in his program.

“It’s the best duo I’ve coached since the 2010 team (at New Mexico State) that had (Hernst) LaRoche and Jonathan Gibson,” Weir said, referring to when he was associate head coach for an Aggies squad that won 23 games, the Western Athletic Conference tournament and was possibly a lane-violation away from an NCAA Tournament upset of eventual national semifinalist Michigan State.

“Jonathan Gibson was really a point guard we played off the ball. We had a lot of speed, a lot of quickness and a lot of shooting ability. That all made that team really good. I’m hoping that will make this team pretty good, too.”

HEADLINES

Maryland

Nov. 2: Terps Double Up Randolph-Macon in Exhibition

Nov. 2: Instant Reaction Following Exhibition Win

Nov. 2: Turgeon Updates Fernando Situation

Nov. 1: Fernando Has “Fire” That Will Contribute

Oct. 31: Highlights From Terps Media Day

Oct. 31: Terps Ready To Move From Trimble Era

Oct. 31: Maryland Freshmen Bring New Dimension

Oct. 31: Heurter Ready For New Role On And Off Court

Oct. 24 Season Preview For The Terps

Oct. 20: Sports Illustrated Big 10 Conference Preview

Oct. 19: Cowan Gets Ready For Life After Trimble

Aug. 15: Sophomores Will Lead Maryland Back To NCAA Tournament

New Mexico

Nov. 3: Walk-On Walks Through Boundaries

Oct. 31: Hoops Charity Donates over $21,000

Oct. 27: Lobos Shine In Exhibition

Oct. 26: Charity Game Hits Home For Houston Native

Oct. 3: Simons Hopes Hard Work Pays Off

Aug. 12: Weir Looks To Change Culture

St. Bonaventure

Nov. 3: Bonnies Host Alfred In Exhibition

Nov. 2: Season Preview

Oct. 25: Freshmen Set To Make Presence Known

Oct. 25: Media Day Highlights

Oct. 23: 1 Question About Each Bonnie

Oct. 20: Tough Breaks Haven’t Deterred Stockard

Oct. 19: Sports Illustrated Atlantic 10 Conference Projections

Oct. 18: Schmidt Jovial As Always At A-10 Media Day

Oct. 11: One Man’s View Of Atlantic 10 All-Conference

Oct. 9: Atlantic 10 Preview

Aug. 30: Adams Could Carry Bonnies Back To Big Dance

TCU

Nov. 2: TCU Showcases Program Under Dixon

Nov. 2: Big 12 Preview

Nov. 1: Preview For Rising Horned Frogs

Nov. 1: TCU Ranked No. 5 in Basketball Power Index

Oct. 24: Why TCU Is Finally Earning Respect In Big 12

Oct. 24: Kansas Coach: TCU Will Be Force In Big 12

Oct. 24: Dixon Reacts To High Big 12 Ranking

Oct. 23: Sports Illustrated Big 12 Conference Preview

Sept. 30: Bane Aiming For Big Season

Sept. 30: TCU Coach Previews Upcoming Season

Sept. 21: TCU Among Teams Ready to Return to NCAA Tournament

Jackson State

Oct. 11: Audio of Jackson State Head Coach in SWAC Teleconference

Oct. 11: Bolden Named Preseason SWAC Co-Defensive Player of Year

Oct. 5: More Preseason Honors for Bolden, Collins

Maryland Eastern Shore

Nov. 2: Late Free Throws Key Exhibition Win

Nov. 2: Youngsters Aim To Grow Up Fast

Oct. 27: Andino Earns Preseason All-MEAC Honors

Omaha

Nov. 3: Finding The Right Mix

Oct. 26: Mavericks Fall In Charity Exhibition

Oct. 26: Hansen Expects Growing Pains

Oct. 11: Mavericks Excited About Roster

Tennessee Tech

Oct. 31: Video of Tennessee Tech Head Coach at Ohio Valley Conference Media Day