September 13, 2009

Rivals.com 347 Countdown: Nos. 201-250

We continue our 1-347 countdown. Today, it's teams ranked 201st through 250th.

We'll rank teams in groups of 50 until we get to the teams in the top 50, which will get full-fledged breakdowns.

MORE: Nos. 301-347 | Nos. 251-300

201. Louisiana-Lafayette
CONFERENCE: Sun Belt
BEST PLAYER: G Chris Gradigno
QUICK TAKE: Coach Robert Lee is on the hot seat and shook up his staff, hiring two new assistants.
BUZZ: There is some talent, most notably Gradigno, but the Ragin' Cajuns must shoot better (41.6 percent last season, including a woeful 32.1 percent from 3-point range) and put forth more effort on the boards. Injuries also were an issue last season.

202. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
CONFERENCE: Southwestern Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Terrance Calvin
QUICK TAKE: All the key players are back for the Golden Lions as they go for the SWAC title.
BUZZ: Coach George Ivory got more out of the Golden Lions in his first year than anyone could have predicted. And after an 11-7 fourth-place finish in the league, this team is shooting higher with everyone of consequence returning. Calvin (12 ppg) is the catalyst and emotional leader, and 6-8 F Lebaron Weathers (7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) has the potential to do more around the basket.

203. George Washington
CONFERENCE: Atlantic 10
BEST PLAYER: F Damian Hollis
QUICK TAKE: The Colonials have slumped badly of late, going 19-35 overall and 9-23 in the A-10 in the past two seasons.
BUZZ: GW's A-10 championship in 2005-06 is a distant memory; at one point last season, the Colonials lost 11 in a row. After three dismissals at the end of the 2008 season, the departure of a fourth player last January and the loss of four seniors, GW will be in rebuilding mode once again. There's a young nucleus, but the key guy is Hollis (13.4 ppg), a senior.

204. Rice
CONFERENCE: Conference USA
BEST PLAYER: F Lucas Kuipers
QUICK TAKE: Freshman F Arsalan Kazemi will be the first native-born Iranian to play college basketball in the United States.
BUZZ: The Owls won four conference games last season, which may not seem like much until you remember they were winless in league play in 2007-08. Coach Ben Braun, who took over before last season, has to find a way to get his team to be more productive offensively. Rice had one player average in double figures last season, and that player - guard Rodney Foster - is gone.

205. Gardner-Webb
CONFERENCE: Big South
BEST PLAYER: F Joshua Henley
QUICK TAKE: Henley led all NCAA freshman last season with 309 rebounds.
BUZZ: Grayson Flittner (14.5 ppg, 3.5 apg), a guard who battled a leg injury the second half of the season, returns for his senior season. Also back are Henley (6.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and Auryn MacMillan (9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg). They will keep the Runnin' Bulldogs in contention for a top-four finish in the Big South.

206. Southeastern Louisiana
CONFERENCE: Southland
BEST PLAYER: C Patrick Sullivan
QUICK TAKE: If the Lions jell, they have all the parts to make a run at the Southland title.
BUZZ: Ole Miss transfer Rodney Jones should bring some much-needed athleticism to the perimeter, and Sullivan (12.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg) should be one of the league's best post players. Sophomore PG Brandon Fortenberry has Jones and wings Chris Cyprian and Damon Forest at his disposal, making for a potentially potent offense.

207. Manhattan
CONFERENCE: Metro Atlantic Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Darryl Crawford
QUICK TAKE: The Jaspers' frontcourt likely will drag them down in the MAAC this season.
BUZZ: A backcourt led by Crawford will make the Jaspers tough to contend with. But the frontcourt is lacking, and that's going to cost them. Crawford has a chance to be a first-team all-league performer. The Jaspers need to improve their 3-point shooting (31.5 percent) and their free-throw shooting (64.5 percent).

208. UC Riverside
CONFERENCE: Big West
BEST PLAYER: F Kyle Austin
QUICK TAKE: Austin, who began his career at USC, is the best player in the Big West.
BUZZ: Austin (16.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is a 6-7 do-it-all player. Senior PG Javon Borum (9.7 ppg) and shooter Brandon Dowdy (40.6 percent on 3-pointers) will complement Austin, but the Highlanders must become more consistent offensively to make a legitimate title push.

209. Stony Brook
CONFERENCE: America East
BEST PLAYER: G Muhammad El-Amin
QUICK TAKE: The Seawolves appear to be a team on the rise in the America East. Coach Steve Pikiell has done a nice job.
BUZZ: The Seawolves are on the upswing. Stuck in the cellar two seasons ago, they improved to 8-8 and tied for fourth last season thanks to the play of three freshman starters and the emergence of junior transfer guard El-Amin (15.7 ppg). All-rookie honorees Bryan Dougher (11.2 ppg, 66 3-pointers) and Tommy Brenton (8.9 rpg) were the best of the youngsters.

210. Quinnipiac
CONFERENCE: Northeast
BEST PLAYER: F James Feldeine
QUICK TAKE: If their perimeter shooting improves, the Bobcats will be in the conference title race.
BUZZ: The Bobcats finished fifth at 10-8 but led the league in injuries last season. With better luck and more strong play from forwards Feldeine (the league's top scorer at 17 points per game) and Justin Rutty (the top rebounder at 9.8 a game), Quinnipiac can move up in the standings. Watch the perimeter shooting, though.

211. Montana
CONFERENCE: Big Sky
BEST PLAYER: G Anthony Johnson
QUICK TAKE: Johnson is the leading contender for league player of the year honors.
BUZZ: Count this team as a wild-card contender in the Big Sky. Johnson (17.6 ppg), the league's top scorer, is back to lead a group with plenty of quality depth. Montana will miss Jordan Hasquet and needs more from Oregon State transfer Jack McGillis. Hopes are high for 7-foot sophomore Derek Selvig, whose season was cut short by a stress fracture.

212. Harvard
CONFERENCE: Ivy
BEST PLAYER: G Jeremy Lin
QUICK TAKE: Former Duke guard and Seton Hall and Michigan head man Tommy Amaker is entering his third season as coach.
BUZZ: Amaker's team upset Boston College and got a win over Cornell - and most important, a win over Yale - in his second season with the Crimson. The next step is becoming a legitimate league contender. Harvard should move closer behind the high-scoring play of Lin (17.8 ppg) and promising sophomore Keith Wright (8.0 ppg). Amaker has more solid recruits on the way, but his team needs to defend and rebound better.

213. Air Force
CONFERENCE: Mountain West
BEST PLAYER: G Evan Washington
QUICK TAKE: The good news is the Falcons return 12 lettermen. The bad news is they were winless in the Mountain West last season.
BUZZ: There is reason to believe the Falcons can bounce back eventually. But it's tough to imagine the turnaround coming this season: The roster doesn't include anyone who scored as many as seven points per game last season. Air Force might win a conference game or two, but another last-place finish seems likely.

214. UCF
CONFERENCE: Conference USA
BEST PLAYER: F A.J. Tyler
QUICK TAKE: The Knights return nine players. Unfortunately, high-scoring G Jermaine Taylor - a second-round NBA pick - isn't one of them.
BUZZ: Taylor averaged 26.2 points, and his production is going to be impossible to replace. As good as he was, UCF finished below .500 in the league with him. That puts a ton of pressure on coach Kirk Speraw and his staff, who are feeling the heat as the season begins. This is a young team, with 10 underclassmen on the roster, and there are no scholarship seniors.

215. UNC Wilmington
CONFERENCE: Colonial
BEST PLAYER: G Chad Tomko
QUICK TAKE: In his three seasons, coach Benny Moss has won seven games, then 20, then seven. UNCW won't win 20 this season.
BUZZ: To reach 20 victories in 2009-10, Tomko (15.6 ppg) must have a huge season and an influx of junior college players have to make an immediate impact.

216. Stephen F. Austin
CONFERENCE: Southland
BEST PLAYER: G Eddie Williams
QUICK TAKE: The Lumberjacks lost their two best players, and both were forwards. There will be no repeat trip to the NCAAs.
BUZZ: It's time to start over after senior big men Matt Kingsley and Josh Alexander - the league's past two players of the year - led the Lumberjacks to a 24-8 season, Southland title and NCAA first-round loss to Syracuse. Two other key seniors are gone and the frontcourt is a huge concern. Williams (7.4 ppg) and 5-3 Eric Bell bring experience and ability to the backcourt.

217. Army
CONFERENCE: Patriot
BEST PLAYER: G Cleveland Richard
QUICK TAKE: The Black Knights are stingy defensively, especially on the perimeter. But a lack of size hurts.
BUZZ: A fast, ball-hawking backcourt keys a defense that gives Army a chance to be a long-shot contender. Richard (12.0 ppg), Patriot League top defender Marcus Nelson and talented sophomore Julian Simmons make up a mean perimeter trio. The Black Knights need to be more consistent offensively, though, and a third shooter to complement Richard and Simmons would help.

218. IPFW
CONFERENCE: Summit
BEST PLAYER: F Deilvez Yearby
QUICK TAKE: The "IPFW" stands for Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne. And now you know why the school prefers IPFW.
BUZZ: Former Indiana guard Dane Fife gradually is elevating this program and proving his mettle as a coach. The Mastodons came on late after a rough start last season and now have enough experienced talent to move into the upper division. Top scorer David Carson is gone, but Ben Botts (11.3 ppg) is a lethal shooter and the 6-6 Yearby (9.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) might have as much potential as anyone in the league.

219. Jacksonville State
CONFERENCE: Ohio Valley
BEST PLAYER: G Jay-R Strowbridge
QUICK TAKE: The Gamecocks need Strowbridge, a Nebraska transfer, to provide a lot of offense.
BUZZ: The Gamecocks struggled to score last season, but that shouldn't be the case this season. Strowbridge is eligible and will be a good addition to the backcourt; he and Jeremy Bynum could prove a formidable scoring duo. The key is whether F Brandon Crawford can become a consistent double-digit scorer.

220. South Alabama
CONFERENCE: Sun Belt
BEST PLAYER: G LaShun Watson
QUICK TAKE: The Jaguars return just one of their top five scorers and only two of their top nine.
BUZZ: The coaching staff brought in seven recruits, including three junior college transfers, and those guys obviously have to produce immediately. Coach Ronnie Arrow is a veteran hand at dealing with heavy roster turnover, but he has his work cut out for him. Arrow didn't finalize his staff until late August.

221. Ball State
CONFERENCE: Mid-American
BEST PLAYER: F/C Jarrod Jones
QUICK TAKE: The Cardinals could be the second-best team in the MAC West - but that's akin to being the second-best show on the local cable-access channel.
BUZZ: Ball State might have the best frontcourt and the worst backcourt in the entire conference. If the Cardinals get any kind of production from their guards, they have an excellent chance to win their division. But if Ball State doesn't get anyone to deliver from the perimeter, opposing defenses will swarm Jones and dare someone else to beat them.

222. Drexel
CONFERENCE: Colonial
BEST PLAYER: G Gerald Colds
QUICK TAKE: Five of the Dragons' eight CAA losses last season were by one point or in overtime.
BUZZ: Bruiser Flint was named CAA coach of the year after guiding the Dragons, picked in the preseason to finish last, to a 10-8 league finish. Colds (9.0 ppg), a junior, is the top returning scorer for the defense-minded Dragons.

223. UT San Antonio
CONFERENCE: Southland
BEST PLAYER: G Devin Gibson
QUICK TAKE: The Roadrunners have a good backcourt, but the frontcourt is more than a bit iffy.
BUZZ: Backcourts don't get much faster or more entertaining than Gibson (12.3 ppg, 3.3 apg) and the 5-7 Omar Johnson (12.6 ppg, 40 percent 3-point accuracy). The Roadrunners will ride them to another solid season. If UTSA can get more around the basket from players such as Demarco Stepter (6.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg), add a third contender to the West Division race.

224. South Dakota State
CONFERENCE: Summit
BEST PLAYER: G Garrett Callahan
QUICK TAKE: We admit it - we hope they make the NCAA tournament just so we can cheer for a team nicknamed "Jackrabbits."
BUZZ: The Jackrabbits stunned Oral Roberts in the first round of the league tourney, and now they're hoping for more success. SDSU has a good young roster with a high-scoring senior guard in Callahan (15.8 ppg) to lead it. Kai Williams (9.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg) is strong at the rim.

225. Florida International
CONFERENCE: Sun Belt
BEST PLAYER: G Michael Dominguez
QUICK TAKE: If nothing else, new coach Isiah Thomas means the Golden Panthers won't lack for media coverage.
BUZZ: Thomas' hiring brought the program unprecedented publicity, but there is a lack of talent, especially after C Freddy Asprilla - who was the freshman of the year in the league last season and the program's best player - announced plans to transfer. FIU was battered by injuries last season, but even with a fully healthy roster, it's hard to see the Golden Panthers finishing better than fourth in the division.

226. San Jose State
CONFERENCE: Western Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Adrian Oliver
QUICK TAKE: The Spartans have only one NCAA appearance since 1980, and simply breaking even would be a major achievement.
BUZZ: Let's just say the bar isn't set high at San Jose State. The Spartans went 13-17 last season - and it was their best season since 2000-01. And the 26 total wins in the past two seasons is the best two-season total since 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Yet the season could have been better. Leading scorer Oliver, a transfer from Washington, was limited to 18 games. He was ineligible until mid-December, then missed six games because of injury in January and February.

227. Fordham
CONFERENCE: Atlantic 10
BEST PLAYER: G Jio Fontan
QUICK TAKE: The Rams look headed to another last-place finish in the A-10, and coach Dereck Whittenburg definitely is on the hot seat.
BUZZ: As if finishing 3-25 overall and 1-15 in the A-10 wasn't bad enough, the Rams spent a few months in the offseason worrying they would lose their best player. After leading Fordham in scoring at 15.3 points per game as a freshman, Fontan said he planned to transfer. After the school refused to grant him his release - though it granted releases for three other players - Fontan eventually opted to return to school. Despite his return, this has the looks of another difficult season for Whittenburg.

228. UT Arlington
CONFERENCE: Southland
BEST PLAYER: G Marquez Haynes
QUICK TAKE: Haynes, who began his career at Boston College, will be the offensive focal point this season.
BUZZ: Haynes (16.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) is one of the best players in the Southland, but he'll miss physical forward Anthony Vereen (17.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg). The paint is the apparent weak point for the Mavericks, but at least Haynes has shooters around him such as Brandon Long (12.7 ppg, 57 3-pointers).

229. Eastern Kentucky
CONFERENCE: Ohio Valley
BEST PLAYER: F Josh Taylor
QUICK TAKE: Coach Jeff Neubauer is a former John Beilein assistant, and EKU loves to shoot 3-pointers.
BUZZ: The loss of forward Mike Rose hurts and means the Colonels don't have a legit shot at the league title. The Colonels hit 40.1 percent from 3-point range last season and will need to be on the mark again to overcome a lack of size. While EKU won't win the league, it will pull some upsets that determine who does win it. The Colonels have 17 home games this season, the most in school history.

230. Hawaii
CONFERENCE: Western Athletic
BEST PLAYER: F Roderick Flemings
QUICK TAKE: Just two seasons into his tenure as coach, Bob Nash already resides on the hot seat.
BUZZ: Nash will be under pressure to find the right mix of players on the court this season. At times, it was apparent the team didn't have great chemistry last season. The players have to figure out a way to put things together or Nash will be under more fire.

231. Missouri State
CONFERENCE: Missouri Valley
BEST PLAYER: F Kyle Weems
QUICK TAKE: The Bears were ... well, they were pitiful on offense last season in coach Cuonzo Martin's first go-round.
BUZZ: Scoring was a major issue last season, as Missouri State ranked 303rd in the nation in field-goal percentage, and the Bears' 60.9 scoring average was the school's lowest since 1949-50. Martin's defensive philosophy is starting to take hold, but it's vital more points are scored. Look for this season's Bears to be much more athletic than last season's group.

232. Canisius
CONFERENCE: Metro Atlantic Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Frank Turner
QUICK TAKE: The entire roster is back for the Golden Griffins - but that's off a team that lost 20 games and shot just 40 percent from the field.
BUZZ: The Golden Griffins need big-time offensive improvement; they shot 28.7 percent from 3-point range. Turner and forward Greg Logins are the key players. Forward Chris Gadley is a solid rebounder.

233. Norfolk State
CONFERENCE: Mid-Eastern Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Michael Deloach
QUICK TAKE: Deloach is a good bet to lead the MEAC in scoring - and he could lift the Spartans to the league title.
BUZZ: The Spartans endured an up-and-down regular season but got to the MEAC title game before falling to Morgan State. With Deloach (21.5 ppg) returning, watch out for a rematch. Three other key seniors are gone, but 6-9 big man Kyle O'Quinn (5.3 ppg) can be expected to increase his production significantly.

234. Longwood
CONFERENCE: Independent
BEST PLAYER: F/G Dana Smith
QUICK TAKE: The nation's best independent? It should be the Lancers, who return four starters off a 17-win team.
BUZZ: Smith may be the best all-around player in independent ranks. Any chance for a 20-win season likely depends on what the Lancers do in December, when six of their eight games are at home against beatable foes.

235. San Francisco
CONFERENCE: West Coast
BEST PLAYER: F Dior Lowhorn
QUICK TAKE: Lowhorn can score, but he doesn't have enough help.
BUZZ: The WCC's scoring champion is back, and that means the Dons have a chance to move up. Lowhorn (20.1 ppg) is a 6-7 forward who can convert from anywhere, hitting 43.2 percent of his 3-pointers as a junior. Sophomore guard Kwame Vaughn (10.8 ppg) will have to do more without last season's senior leader, Manny Quezada.

236. Iona
CONFERENCE: Metro Atlantic Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Scott Machado
QUICK TAKE: Second-year coach Kevin Willard, a former Louisville assistant, needs time to get the Gaels back in the MAAC title hunt.
BUZZ: The Gaels lost leading scorer Gary Springer and need sophomore point guard Machado to carry a big load this season. Iona's poor offense was the culprit in a 19-loss season in 2008-09, and without Springer, who's going to score this season?

237. Pacific
CONFERENCE: Big West
BEST PLAYER: C Michael Nunnally
QUICK TAKE: The Tigers could be treading water this season because of the loss of five of their top seven scorers.
BUZZ: Legal troubles and roster defections could not keep the Tigers from another strong season under Bob Thomason. This season could be different with five of the team's top seven scorers gone. Nunnally is due back after missing last season because a sexual assault investigation, which did not result in charges. He and 6-9 junior Sam Willard (7.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg) can be a strong inside combo, but questions remain on the perimeter.

238. Evansville
CONFERENCE: Missouri Valley
BEST PLAYER: C Pieter van Tongeren
QUICK TAKE: The Purple Aces went from 10th in the MVC in 2007-08 to fifth last season, but they could finish 10th again this season.
BUZZ: Evansville must find a way to replace the top four scorers from last season. The Purple Aces advanced to the postseason (CollegeInsider.com Tournament) for the first time in 10 years last season, but another postseason appearance seems out of reach for coach Marty Simmons. The key this season will be finding guards who can complement what could be a strong frontcourt.

239. Montana State
CONFERENCE: Big Sky
BEST PLAYER: G Will Bynum
QUICK TAKE: The Bobcats don't look to have enough to win the Big Sky, but they will pull a few upsets.
BUZZ: The Bobcats were oh so close to reaching the NCAA tournament despite a losing record, upsetting their way to the conference tournament title game before falling 79-77 to Portland State. And although low-post presence Divaldo Mbunga is gone, Bynum (10.7 ppg) and F Bobby Howard (10.1 ppg) lead what should be a rising outfit.

240. New Hampshire
CONFERENCE: America East
BEST PLAYER: G Alvin Abreu
QUICK TAKE: The Wildcats have a shot at an upper-division finish in America East if everything breaks right.
BUZZ: Another long-suffering program heading in the right direction, Bill Herrion's Wildcats finished 8-8 in the league and nearly upset top-seeded Binghamton in the conference tournament semifinals. The loss of star guard Tyrece Gibbs (14.6 ppg) is a big one, but Abreu (12.8 ppg) and a young, deep supporting cast make this the sixth legitimately competitive team in the league.

241. Columbia
CONFERENCE: Ivy
BEST PLAYER: G Patrick Foley
QUICK TAKE: If the frontcourt develops, the Lions could contend for a top-four finish in the league.
BUZZ: Injuries piled up last season and limited a potentially promising conference season to a 7-7 finish. Foley (10.9 ppg) missed nine games and must find a way to stay healthy. He has a nice backcourt complement in Noruwa Agho (9.1 ppg). The question is whether coach Joe Jones can get anything out of a rebuilding frontcourt, and former La Salle forward Brian Grimes may be the answer.

242. UC Irvine
CONFERENCE: Big West
BEST PLAYER: F Eric Wise
QUICK TAKE: The Anteaters have a nice inside-outside duo in Wise and Michael Hunter.
BUZZ: Wise averaged 14 points and six rebounds as an undersized freshman forward, qualifying as the brightest spot in a 12-19 season for the Anteaters and the primary reason for optimism in 2009-10. Hunter (11.9 ppg) is back to run things as a senior. Wise needs to find more help around the basket now that center Kevin Bland (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has graduated.

243. Delaware
CONFERENCE: Colonial
BEST PLAYER: G Jawan Carter
QUICK TAKE: The Blue Hens will be perimeter-oriented; they have three guards returning who averaged in double figures.
BUZZ: Despite a 32-62 record in three seasons, coach Monte Ross received a contract extension through 2015. Star forward Marc Egerson is gone, but the Blue Hens return two guards who averaged in double figures - Carter and Alphonso Dawson. Brian Johnson, who was expected to enter his fourth season as a starter, tore his left ACL in August and is likely out for the season.

244. Robert Morris
CONFERENCE: Northeast
BEST PLAYER: F Rob Robinson
QUICK TAKE: The Colonials won the Northeast Conference last season, but they'll be hard-pressed to repeat without star guard Jeremy Chappell.
BUZZ: Jamie Dixon protégé Mike Rice has things rolling in Pittsburgh, but he'll have to defend last year's title without Chappell, the NEC player of the year who did everything well. The Colonials will lean heavily Robinson (11.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg), a senior. Jimmy Langhurst (9.9 ppg) is a solid shooter and playmaker.

245. CS Northridge
CONFERENCE: Big West
BEST PLAYER: G Mark Hill
QUICK TAKE: The Matadors were the Big West's representative in the NCAA tourney last season. They won't be going back.
BUZZ: Bobby Braswell is going after his third consecutive coach of the year award, and he certainly earned it last season. Legal issues and a car accident strapped his roster, yet the Matadors came on late to win the regular season, win the conference tourney and give Memphis a major scare in a first-round NCAA game. Now he loses five of the top six scorers, so much depends on Hill (8.2 ppg), a junior.

246. South Carolina State
CONFERENCE: Mid-Eastern Athletic
BEST PLAYER: F Jason Flagler
QUICK TAKE: Flagler and G Jimmy Williams give the Bulldogs a nice 1-2 punch.
BUZZ: Flagler (12.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) plays bigger than his 6-4 listing and is a capable interior focal point. Williams (8.6 ppg) showed a lot of promise as a freshman last season, so the Bulldogs should remain in the MEAC's upper echelon.

247. Pepperdine
CONFERENCE: West Coast
BEST PLAYER: G Keion Bell
QUICK TAKE: Coach Tom Asbury had success in his first go-round with the Waves, but needs some time in his second tenure.
BUZZ: Coming off a brutal 9-23 season, the Waves are in the early rebuilding stages under Asbury, the man who led Pepperdine to three NCAA bids and two NIT appearances in the early 1990s. He is building around the explosive 6-3 Bell (12.9 ppg), who was the team's only double-figures scorer last season.

248. Colgate
CONFERENCE: Patriot
BEST PLAYER: F Yaw Gyawu
QUICK TAKE: The Raiders have a chance to make some noise in the league; a top-three finish is possible.
BUZZ: Gyawu's is a name that will be mispronounced often in the next few years. He showed a lot of ability for Colgate as a freshman last season, scoring 10.2 points a game. Fellow frosh Nick Pascale has the potential to be a force at center, and Mike Venezia (10.8 ppg) and Ben Jonson (10.4 ppg) make up a solid backcourt. The Raiders bear watching.

249. Md.-Baltimore County
CONFERENCE: America East
BEST PLAYER: G Chauncey Gilliam
QUICK TAKE: The Retrievers look to have lost too much firepower to finish in the top half of the league.
BUZZ: Not long ago, UMBC was on top of the America East, and the Retrievers followed up a 2008 NCAA bid with a hard-fought, tourney title game loss to Binghamton to wrap up a rebuilding season. Now all the key parts from that NCAA run are gone, with Darryl Proctor (20.0 ppg) and Jay Greene (12.7 ppg) departing. Gilliam (10.9 ppg) must do more after a strong freshman season.

250. Penn
CONFERENCE: Ivy
BEST PLAYER: F Tyler Bernardini
QUICK TAKE: Believe it or not, Penn used to be one of the best programs in the Ivy League.
BUZZ: Rosen (8.1 ppg, 5.0 apg) is one of the top young point guards in the Ivy League, and he knows to get the ball to Bernardini (13.7 ppg). Unfortunately for coach Glen Miller's Quakers, G Harrison Gaines (9.9 ppg) has decided to transfer and the frontcourt is starting over with unproven players.




 

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