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  Wednesday, October 19, 2005

BX Conf. Preview #24: MidCon
By Drew Barnette

#24 href=/profile//> MID href=/profile//> CONTINENTAL href=/profile//> CONFERENCE

This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fun href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> generally href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> parity href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> exception. href=/profile//>




-1. href=/profile//> ORAL href=/profile//> ROBERTS. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> golden href=/profile//> eagles href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> hands href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> favorites href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Caleb href=/profile//> Green href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 19.4ppg href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 9.3 href=/profile//> rebounds. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> shoots href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Oakland href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> missed href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> tough href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Great href=/profile//> Alaska href=/profile//> Shootout href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Oklahoma href=/profile//> later href=/profile//> on, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> theyíll href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> national href=/profile//> stage. href=/profile//>

-2. href=/profile//> VALPARAISO. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> crusaders href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> respectable href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 10-6 href=/profile//> record, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> generally href=/profile//> below href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> level href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> usually href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Senior href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Dan href=/profile//> Oppland href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> coached, href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> balanced href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> wonít href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> prone href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> too href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> mistakes. href=/profile//>

-3. href=/profile//> IUPUI. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> reading href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> familiar href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> MidCon, href=/profile//> thatís href=/profile//> Indiana href=/profile//> University-Purdue href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Indianapolis, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> us href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say, href=/profile//> OOOEEEPOOEEE. href=/profile//> Coach href=/profile//> Ron href=/profile//> Hunter href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> done href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sensational href=/profile//> job href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> program href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> always href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> expected. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> key href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> Brandon href=/profile//> Cole href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> George href=/profile//> Hill href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leaders href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> jaguars href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> extremely href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> major href=/profile//> asset href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> night href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> wonít href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> automatic href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament. href=/profile//>

-4. href=/profile//> UMKC. href=/profile//> Last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> kangaroos href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> followed href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> eleven href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> overall href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 14-12 href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> newcomers href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Their href=/profile//> strength href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Quinton href=/profile//> Day href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Tim href=/profile//> Blackwell href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> ten href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> rebuilding href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> arenít href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> beat. href=/profile//>

-5. href=/profile//> WESTERN href=/profile//> ILLINOIS. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> leathernecks href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> nicknames href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> donít, href=/profile//> however, href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> greatest href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> posted href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> div1 href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> back, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> factor href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> having href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> successful href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

-6. href=/profile//> OAKLAND. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> grizzlies href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> unimpressive href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 7-9 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> twelve href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> overall. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> spectacular href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> opening href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Alabama href=/profile//> A&M href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament. href=/profile//> For href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> though, href=/profile//> chances href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> beginning href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> middle href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> went. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> grizzlies href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> scorers href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> experienced. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> traditionally href=/profile//> likes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> bench, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> contribute. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> wonít href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> generate href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season.

-7. href=/profile//> SOUTHERN href=/profile//> UTAH. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 6-10 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> questions href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> answers href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> thunderbirds, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> Iím href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> expecting href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> dramatic href=/profile//> improvements href=/profile//> despite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> roster, href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> away. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-8. href=/profile//> CHICAGO href=/profile//> STATE. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> hasnít href=/profile//> come href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> posting href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> record href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> improving. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> 2000-01, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> following href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> three. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> nine href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> div1 href=/profile//> opponents, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> young, href=/profile//> inexperienced href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> match href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> total href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season.

-9. href=/profile//> CENTENARY. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> isnít href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> anything, href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> behind href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> standings. href=/profile//> Expect href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> cellar href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>



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