IT’S OFFICIAL: COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON TIPS OFF FRIDAY!!!
Friday, Nov. 14
North Carolina Central at North Carolina
St. Francis (Pa.) at Cincinnati
Central Arkansas at Creighton
Louisiana Tech at Southern
Charleston Southern at Mississippi
Eastern Illinois at Missouri State
Northern Arizona at Xavier
Ohio Valley at Middle Tennessee State
Sunday, Nov. 16
Northern Arizona at Toledo
Chicago State at Creighton
Monday, Nov. 17
LSU-Alexandria at Southern
Eureka at Eastern Illinois
Mississippi at Troy
Tuesday, Nov. 18
College of Faith at North Carolina Central
Murray State at Middle Tennessee State
Wednesday, Nov. 19
Oklahoma at Creighton
Morehead State at Cincinnati
Oct. 29 Games
Northern Arizona 87, California Baptist 82
Nov. 3 Games
Cincinnati 86, Bellarmine 79
Friday, Nov. 7 Games
Creighton 91, Sioux Falls 72
Mississippi 97, Delta State 58
Saturday, Nov. 8 Games
Cincinnati 71, Fairmont State 54
Monday, Nov. 10 Games
Eastern Illinois 85, St. Francis (Ill.) 54
Martin Methodist 76, Middle Tennessee State 67
CREIGHTON RELOADING, NOT REBUILDING: Graduation claimed four starters but Creighton feels it is reloading, not rebuilding as it enters the 2014-15 campaign.
Point guard Austin Chatman is the only starter back, which has led many to label this season’s team as inexperienced. That’s hardly the case.
Chatman has started the past 71 games and has played in 106 in his career.
Avery Dingman also has played in 106 games over the past three seasons, while Will Artino will be playing in his 103rd game against Central Arkansas.
Another senior, Devin Brooks, played in 34 of 35 games last season, his first in the program after two seasons of junior-college competition. Then there’s Ricky Kreklow, the graduate transfer from California. He started his collegiate career at Missouri, playing in 32 games as a true freshman. Injuries limited him to 33 games at Cal, but he’s hardly some unproven rookie.
“We’d be hard-pressed to find a cutoff between seven, eight, nine and 10 (players),” Kennedy said.
ROZIER READY TO TAKE RAIDERS BACK TO NCAA: Senior forward Jacquez Rozier is battle tested and ready to lead Middle Tennessee State back to the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, Rozier carved out a starting role on the Blue Raiders first NCAA Tournament team in more than 20 years.
The then-sophomore won a starting spot after a dominating preseason camp.
But he broke his hand before getting healthy, winning back his starting job and promptly breaking his hand again.
The recurrence of the injury ended his season as the Blue Raiders found their groove en route to a program-record for wins in a single season at 28.
If was a tough break for the Georgia native, who played in all 33 games last year as a junior but made just two starts.
That won’t be the case this season though as the 6-foot-7 forward will be leaned on heavily with a roster featuring nine (of 15) new players
Junior Jaleni Neely transferred in from Eastern Utah and started at point guard in NAU’s exhibition win over Cal Baptist a week ago. Neely enters the mix, joining senior Aaseem Dixon, senior Quinton Upshur and sophomore Kris Yanku, and gives Northern Arizona one of the deeper backcourts in the conference.
Only Travis Meeker and his 4.5 minutes in 20 games left the program, meaning there wasn’t much need to fill minutes in the backcourt. However, Murphy said Neely still was a need for the team.
“I think he was a need because he is a true, pure point guard,” Murphy said. “Kris Yanku is a prototypical combo guard on and off the ball. Aaseem Dixon was forced into action at the point last year and he is more of a natural (shooting guard).”
Nov. 8: Bearcats beat Fairmont State
Nov. 7: Counting On Sanders
Oct. 28: Andy Katz on Bearcats
Nov. 11: Battle At Center
Nov. 10: Creighton Big EAST preview
Nov. 7: Brooks, Chatman Lead Creighton
Nov. 6: Defining Roles
Nov. 6: Watson Has Broken Leg
Nov. 5: Devon Brooks Adjusts Style
Nov. 5: Brooks Under Radar
Nov. 10: Panthers Coast in Exhibition
Nov. 9: Basketball Lineups
Middle Tennessee State
Nov. 10: Raiders Fall in Exhibition
Nov. 9: Preseason Opener
Nov. 8: Five Questions
Nov. 7: Rebels Rout Delta State
Oct. 30: Summers To Lead Rebels
Oct. 27: Conference Preview
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