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  Saturday, October 29, 2005

BX Conf. Preview #17: Big West
By Drew Barnette

#17 href=/profile//> BIG href=/profile//> WEST

The href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> new, href=/profile//> lighter href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Utah href=/profile//> State href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Idaho href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> left href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> joined href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> WAC, href=/profile//> making href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> eight href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> There href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> parity href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> Iíd href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> legit href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> it. href=/profile//> Pacific href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> seasons, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> shouldnít href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> walk href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> theyíve href=/profile//> recently href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> doing.




-PACIFIC. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> owned href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Big href=/profile//> West href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> seasons. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> either href=/profile//> tied href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> years. href=/profile//> Theyíve href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> trips href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> problem href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> inexperienced href=/profile//> overall. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> possibly href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> loved href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> faces href=/profile//> itís href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> determine href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> theyíll href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

-CAL href=/profile//> STATE href=/profile//> FULLERTON. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> titans href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Bobby href=/profile//> Brown href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Jamaal href=/profile//> Brown. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> eleven href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> fourteen href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> nearly href=/profile//> knocked href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> Pacific href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stretch href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> players, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> inexperienced href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> depth. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

-UC href=/profile//> IRVINE. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> anteaters href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Ross href=/profile//> Schraeder href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Aaron href=/profile//> Fitzgerald href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> 12ppg href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> underneath. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> rebounder href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Darren href=/profile//> Fells, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> center, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> 6-7 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> experienced href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> minimize href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> turnovers href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

-LONG href=/profile//> BEACH. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> unimpressive href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> games. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> starters, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> returned href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> transition href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> fine. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> loves href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> utilize href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> speed href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> athleticism. href=/profile//> Jabril href=/profile//> Hodges href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Shawn href=/profile//> Hawkins href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> lack href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> presence href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> hurt href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> exciting href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> watch href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> night. href=/profile//> href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-CAL href=/profile//> STATE href=/profile//> NORTHRIDGE. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> matadors href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fairly href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> especially href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stretch, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> scorers href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> rebounder href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> bench, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> isnít href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> tap href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> to. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> heavily href=/profile//> dependent href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> G/F href=/profile//> Jonathon href=/profile//> Heard href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bigger href=/profile//> contributors, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> isnít href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> heíll href=/profile//> contribute href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//>

-UC href=/profile//> SANTA href=/profile//> BARBARA. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> gauchos href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> starter href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 11-18 href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> didnít href=/profile//> exactly href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> strong, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> itís href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> say href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> benefit href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> experience. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fairly href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> offensive href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> Senior href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Josh href=/profile//> Davis href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> figures href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Joe href=/profile//> See href=/profile//> shot href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> outside. href=/profile//> Still, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> weaknesses href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> strengths href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//>

-UC href=/profile//> RIVERSIDE. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> highlanders href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> wins href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> guards href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Ricky href=/profile//> Porter href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Larry href=/profile//> Cunningham, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> throughout href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//>

-CAL href=/profile//> POLY. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> starters, href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> experience, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> toward href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bottom href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Dawin href=/profile//> Whitten href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 11.4ppg href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> else href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>



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