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81 NBA DRAFT RECAP

 

ROUND 1

 

PK.....TEAM...................................PLAYER........................POS.....YR......HT.....WT.....COLLEGE

1........Philadelphia 76ers...............Rodney Tunstall.............PF.........Jr........6-9....208....Kentucky

2........Portland Trail Blazers...........Max Michaud.................SF.........Sr.......6-8....229....Northwestern

3........San Antonio Spurs...............Robert Nies....................SF.........Jr.......6-6.....222....Colorado

4........New Orleans Pelicans.........Leroy Dietrick.................PG........Sr.......5-10...163....Virginia Tech

5........Denver Nuggets..................Joshua Smith..................PF........So.......6-6.....226...Colorado

6........Dallas Mavericks.................Norris Shake..................SF.........So......6-6......226...Virginia Tech

7........Cleveland Cavaliers............John Cortes....................PF........Jr........6-8......209....Arizona

8........Toronto Raptors...................Paul Suggs.....................PF........Jr........6-6.....210.....Washington

9........Atlanta Hawks......................Conrad Brown................PG.......Jr........6-2.....181....Minnesota

10......Memphis Grizzlies...............Raymond Staudt.............PG.......Jr........6-0.....187....Illinois

11......Phoenix Suns......................Charles Parkerson..........SG.......Sr........5-11...183....Connecticut

12......Milwaukee Bucks................Bruce Brown...................PF........Jr.........6-10...244....Oklahoma

13......Oklahoma City Thunder......Michael Low....................PF........Sr........6-7.....207....Connecticut

14......Orlando Magic.....................Fritz Anderson................PF........So.......6-8.....215....Illinois

15......Los Angeles Lakers.............Herbert Courson............C..........So.......6-10...230....Oklahoma

16......Utah Jazz.............................Victor Smith...................PG.......Jr.........6-2.....194....UCLA

17......Minnesota Timberwolves.....Dennis Davis.................PF.........Jr........6-10...231....Seton Hall

18......Houston Rockets.................Marlon Peterson............PF.........Sr.......6-7.....215....Texas A&M

19......Miami Heat..........................Stephen Smith...............C..........Sr.......7-1......247....Colorado

20......New York Knicks.................Neil Dunn.......................PF.........Jr.......6-10....247....Connecticut

21......Golden State Warriors........Kevin Prince...................PG.......Jr........5-11....163....Florida

22......Brooklyn Nets.....................Robert Wilson.................C..........Jr.......6-9......245....Kentucky

23......Sacramento Kings..............Terry Williams.................SG.......Sr.......6-3......206....Air Force

24......Boston Celtics....................Dustin Brookins...............SF........Sr......6-3......192....Providence

25......Indiana Pacers...................James Cosner.................PF........Jr.......6-9......233....Virginia Tech

26......Los Angeles Clippers.........Christopher Ward............SG.......Sr.......6-2.....187....Illinois

27......Charlotte Hornets...............Sean Killinger..................PG.......Sr......6-2......186....Kentucky

28......Washington Wizards..........Angel Ricci......................PG.......Jr.......6-2......182....Air Force

29......Detroit Pistons...................Derek Lowe.....................SG.......Jr.......6-1.......184....Connecticut

30......Chicago Bulls.....................William Cabana...............PF.......Jr........6-4......207....Duke

 

ROUND 2

 

PK.....TEAM...................................PLAYER........................POS.....YR......HT.....WT.....COLLEGE

31......Philadelphia 76ers................Donald Eichenberger....SG........Sr.......6-2....189.....Kansas

32......Portland Trail Blazers...........Mark Bonham................SF.........Sr......6-0.....193.....Duke

33......San Antonio Spurs................Lowell Wade.................PG........Sr.......6-3.....206....Northwestern

34......New Orleans Pelicans...........John Rawls..................C...........Sr.......6-8.....240....Ole Miss

35......Denver Nuggets....................Clifford Young...............PG........Sr.......5-11...181....Syracuse

36......Dallas Mavericks...................Michael Spears.............SG.......Sr.......6-1.....194....Cincinnati

37......Cleveland Cavaliers..............David Anderson.............SG.......Sr.......6-4.....216....Michigan State

38......Toronto Raptors....................Joseph Harpole..............SG.......Sr.......6-2.....194....North Carolina

39......Atlanta Hawks.......................Jose Salazar..................PF........Sr.......6-5.....211....American

40......Memphis Grizzlies................Marty Solem...................C.........Sr........6-9.....243....Arizona

41......Phoenix Suns.......................James Hulett...................C........Sr........6-9.....240....Syracuse

42......Milwaukee Bucks..................Joseph Manchester........PG......Jr........6-2.....187....UCLA

43......Oklahoma City Thunder........Steven Walker................PG.......Sr.......5-11...177....Syracuse

44......Orlando Magic......................Larry Gillette...................PG.......Sr.......6-0.....165....Texas

45......Los Angeles Lakers..............James Moncayo.............PF........Sr........6-6.....204....Florida

46......Utah Jazz.............................Leon Pettus.....................C.........Sr.......7-0......243....UCLA

47......Minnesota Timberwolves......John Trollinger................PF........Sr.......6-7......222....Boston College

48......Houston Rockets..................John Jensen...................PF........Sr.......6-9......225....Air Force

49......Miami Heat............................Michael Padro................SG......Sr........6-0......171....Connecticut

50......New York Knicks...................Johnny Judge.................SG......Sr........6-4......189....Iowa

51......Golden State Warriors..........Thomas Washington.......PF.......Sr........6-10....215....Xavier

52......Brooklyn Nets........................Ray Hicks.......................C........Sr........6-11.....230....Kansas

53......Sacramento Kings.................John Hutton....................PG.....Sr........5-8......161.....Ole Miss

54......Boston Celtics.......................Robert Allen....................PG.....Jr.........6-1......188....Connecticut

55......Indiana Pacers......................Chad Reid.......................C.......Sr.........6-10....234....North Carolina

56......Los Angeles Clippers............Henry Whittaker...............PG....Sr.........5-10....161....Cincinnati

57......Charlotte Hornets..................Jack Peart.......................C.......Jr..........6-8.....234....Ohio State

58......Washington Wizards.............Antonio Whipple..............PF.....Sr..........6-10...227....Louisville

59......Detroit Pistons......................Anthony Pennington........SF......So........6-3.....190....Providence

60......Chicago Bulls.......................Drew Clayton...................SF......Sr.........6-10....237....Syracuse



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Birmingham-Southern Athletics Press Release

 

Stutes signs Letter of Intent with Panthers

 

Birmingham-Southern coach Jeremy Knight announced the signing of Michael Stutes for the Panthers 82 recruiting class. Stutes is a 6-foot-7 power forward from Rockledge, Florida. He only played in 17 games last season for Rockledge High School, but averaged 20.3 ppg and 7 rpg for the season. He also shot 60.2% from the field during his senior season. 

 

“We’re very excited about the addition of Michael Stutes to our program.” Knight said, “We only had one spot available and we felt like he fit what we [as a staff] were looking for. He’s going to need some time to adjust to the college level and develop his game some. He’s a decent defender right now. He can also rebound and block shots a little bit. He’s pretty athletic but his offensive skill set in the low post needs to be developed. 

 

“His best strength as of right now is his passing ability. He’s an exceptional passer for a big man. He’s already the best passing big man we’ve had here during my tenure and he’s not too far behind a few of our guards in his passing ability. With 11 of our guys coming back we didn’t need a player that could come in and play right away. Michael will benefit from learning from our older players without having the pressure of coming in and performing immediately. We’re confident that he will have a very successful career at BSC and will become a force to be reckoned with.”

 

Stutes is ranked by Rivals as the No. 119 power forward in the 82 class. Stutes is the 24th player ranked at his position Knight has recruited to BSC.



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RIVALS RECRUITING ROUNDUP

 

The 82 recruiting period is over and its time to see which teams helped themselves the most with the incoming freshman class. Connecticut claims the recruiting championship this year. Connecticut had its work cut out for it -- six Huskies were drafted after falling to eventual champion Florida in the double-overtime classic in last year’s Final Four. The Huskies did a fantastic job replacing the departing players with a six man signing class that included three of the top four overall prospects. The gem of Connecticut’s class is the overall number one recruit Ernest Murphy (7-0, 264, C) from Lancaster Country Day High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Connecticut also added power forward Mark Newell (6-9, 227) of Hudson Falls High School in New York and 

Connecticut’s Mr. Basketball Jeffrey Skulski (6-3, 197) a shooting guard from Daniel Hand High School. Newell and Skulski are the third and fourth overall rated recruits, respectively. With an excellent young core the Huskies should continue to make deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. 

 

TEAM RANKINGS

 

1     Connecticut (Big East)

2     Illinois (Big Ten)

3     Oklahoma (Big 12)

4     Florida (SEC)

5     Wake Forest (ACC)

6     North Carolina (ACC)

7     Tennessee (SEC)

8     Minnesota (Big Ten)

9     Michigan State (Big Ten)

10   UCLA (Pac-12)

11   Iowa (Big Ten)

12   Ole Miss (SEC)

13   Arizona (Pac-12)

14   Colorado (Pac-12)

15   Miami (FL) (ACC)

16   Purdue (Big Ten)

17   Syracuse (Big East)

18   USC (Pac-12)

19   Northwestern (Big Ten)

20   Duke (ACC)

21   Fresno State (Pac-12)

22   George Mason (CAA)

23   St. John’s (Big East)

24   Fairleigh Dickinson (NEC)

25   Colorado State (MWC)

 

 

CONFERENCE RANKINGS

 

1     Pac-12

2     Big 12

3     Big Ten

4     SEC

5     Big East

6     ACC

7     Patriot League

8     Conference-USA

9     Atlantic 10

10   Mountain West

11   Southern

12   Northeast

13   Missouri Valley

14   MEAC

15   Ivy League

16   Ohio Valley

17   Sun Belt

18   Summit League

19   Big South

20   Big West

21   CAA

22   MAC

23   MAAC

24   Big Sky

25   West Coast

26   Southland

27   Horizon League

 


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Here is Birmingham-Southern's schedule for the 82 season. I'm really looking forward to it. Due to playing in a one bid conference I usually schedule a very soft non conference schedule since the only way to make the NCAA is to win the conference tournament. This season I scheduled a tougher non conference schedule and I'm eager to see how BSC does. 

 

 

1   Troy (18-11, Sun Belt Champs)

2   @ Dayton (12-16)

3   Murray State (22-9, OVC Tournament Champs, NCAA 1st Round)

4   @ Butler (10-18)

5   @ Prairie View A&M (21-8)

6   Fairleigh Dickinson (21-10, NEC Champions, NIT 2nd Round)

7   @ Denver (13-14)

8   @ UAB (27-3, C-USA Champs, C-USA Tournament Champs, NCAA 1st Round)

9   @ UNC-Greensboro (19-11, Southern Champs, Southern Tournament Champs, NCAA 1st Round)

10  @ Samford (13-15)

11  @ Liberty* (2-25)

12  @ High Point* (10-18)

13  Alabama A&M* (19-11)

14  @ UNC-Asheville* (5-22)

15  Coastal Carolina* (12-16)

16  Radford* (12-15)

17  @ Alabama State* (18-10)

18  @ Alabama A&M* (19-11)

19  Mississippi Valley State* (22-6)

20  Charleston Southern* (8-19)

21  @ Mississippi Valley State* (22-6)

22  Alabama State* (19-11)

23  UNC-Asheville* (5-22)

24  @ Winthrop* (3-24)

25  @ VMI* (23-7, Big South Champs, Big South Tournament Champs, NCAA 1st Round)

26  High Point* (10-18)

27  Big South Tournament (Hosted by regular season champion)

* - denotes Big South Conference game



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Here's a quick recap of BSC's 82 regular season!

 

E1     Stony Brook                            W     69-66          0-0     0-0

E2     George Mason                        W     88-74          0-0     0-0

1       Troy                                         W     80-54          1-0     0-0

2       at Dayton                                W     62-58          2-0     0-0

3       Murray State                           W     61-60          3-0     0-0

4      at Butler                                   W     85-57          4-0     0-0

5      at Prairie View A&M                 W     74-64          5-0     0-0

6      Fairleigh Dickinson                  W     90-72          6-0     0-0

7      at Denver                                 W     70-58          7-0     0-0

8      at UAB                                     L      49-68          7-1     0-0

9      at UNC-Greensboro                W     80-70          8-1     0-0

10    at Samford                              W     89-53          9-1     0-0

11    at Liberty*                                W    87-61          10-1   1-0

12    at High Point*                          W    81-68          11-1    2-0

13    Alabama A&M*                        W    69-59          12-1    3-0

14    at UNC-Asheville*                    W    69-56          13-1    4-0

15    Coastal Carolina*                    W    89-54           14-1    5-0

16    Radford*                                  W    92-51           15-1    6-0

17    at Alabama State*                   W    83-65           16-1    7-0

18    at Alabama A&M*                    L     53-69            16-2    7-1

19    Mississippi Valley State*         W    71-54           17-2    8-1

20    Charleston Southern*             W    71-53           18-2    9-1

21     at Mississippi Valley State*     W   79-58           19-2   10-1

22    Alabama State*                       W    87-48           20-2    11-1

23    UNC-Asheville*                       W    70-58           21-2    12-1

24    at Winthrop*                            W    90-50           22-2    13-1

25    at VMI*                                    L     56-59           22-3     13-2

26    High Point*                              W   70-60            23-3    14-2 

 

Birmingham-Southern finished the 82 regular season 23-3 overall and 14-2 in Big South play. Not too bad. I was a little shocked at just how badly Alabama A&M beat me at their place. I knew it would be a tough game but BSC was never really into it. We were down 9 at the half and fell further behind throughout the second half. The conference regular season championship game came down to the VMI game. Once again, I knew it would be another tough challenge but it's really disappointing to miss out on a conference championship by 4 points. Ugh. Overall though I really like my team and we should be meeting VMI again in the Big South Championship Game. 



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82 BIG SOUTH TOURNAMENT (@ Lexington, Va.)

 

FIRST ROUND

[4] UNC-Asheville 80, [5] Radford 59

[3] Coastal Carolina 63, [6] Mississippi Valley State 61

[5] Alabama State 82, [4] Charleston Southern 80 (OT)

[3] High Point 87, [2] Liberty 72

 

SECOND ROUND

[4] UNC-Asheville 59, [1] VMI 54

 

*****HUGE upset by UNC-Asheville!!!! At this point I feel like the conference tournament is BSC's to win!!!

 

[2] Alabama A&M 69, [3] Coastal Carolina 67

[1] Birmingham-Southern 70, [4] Alabama State 55

[3] High Point 82, [2] Liberty 69

 

***All four teams in the semifinals are in the same division in the Big South. The conference schedule has been pretty brutal the last few seasons just cause of the overall strength of that division and playing each team twice instead of once.

 

SEMIFINALS

[2] Alabama A&M 74, [4] UNC-Asheville 66

[1] Birmingham-Southern 80, [3] High Point 62

 

At this point I feel very confident about winning the Big South Tournament. I feel like I have the best team in the Big South and I have a good game plan for Alabama A&M this time around...

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

[2] Alabama A&M 61, [1] Birmingham-Southern 58

 

This was a pretty crushing loss. BSC held Alabama A&M to just 16 first half point and couldn't stop them to save their lives in the second half. BSC trailed 54-53 with 1:18 left in the game and Elbert Estrella missed a layup and then missed the ensuing putback. A&M went down and hit a three to go up 57-53 with 1:01 left and it turn into a free throw game. The box score for each team is basically identical. Both teams made 21 field goals. A&M made six 3's to BSC's seven 3's. But the difference was A&M's 13 made free throws to BSC's nine made free throws. With the loss it's pretty much a certainty that BSC will not make the NCAA Tournament due to the Big South being a one-bid league. I feel like we will get into the NIT but I also wouldn't be shocked if BSC gets snubbed. It really sucks that this is probably the best team I've ever had in Hoops Dynasty and their seasons is over like that.

 

 

 

 

BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE AWARDS

Player of the Year

Robert Loar................C.....Sr.....Birmingham-Southern (14.7 ppg, 8 rpg)

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Tom Darden...............PF....Jr.....High Point (7.2 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.3 bpg)

 

Freshman of the Year

Robert Purcell...........SG...Fr.....Radford (6.8 ppg, 1.3 spg)

 

Coach of the Year

Jeremy Knight...........Birmingham-Southern

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-BIG SOUTH

PG.....Curtis Robbins (Sr., VMI)

SG.....Don Deason (Sr., Alabama A&M)

SF......Rudy Veasley (Sr., Birmingham-Southern)

PF......Wayne Kelly (Sr., VMI)

C.......Robert Loar (Sr., Birmingham-Southern)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG SOUTH

PG.....Melvin Woodard (Sr., VMI)

SG.....Paul Cheatham (Jr., Birmingham-Southern)

SF......Elbert Estrella (Jr., Birmingham-Southern)

PF......William Big (Jr., Birmingham-Southern)

C.......William Lyberger (Jr., Alabama A&M)

 

THIRD TEAM ALL-BIG SOUTH

PG.....Brian Kulas (Sr., VMI)

SG.....James Alvarez (Sr., High Point)

SF......Mathew Chaffee (Sr., Charleston Southern)

PF......Jesse Stern (Sr., Alabama A&M)

C.......Peter Rex (Sr., UNC-Asheville)

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-BIG SOUTH

Michael Reese (PG, Alabama A&M)

Cody Rogers (PG, Birmingham-Southern)

Ian Glick (PG, UNC-Asheville)

Clarence Anderson (SG, Coastal Carolina)

Chris Matthews (SG, Birmingham-Southern)

Howard Tomasini (SG, UNC-Asheville)

Damion Palmer (SF, Coastal Carolina)

Philip Wayne (SF, High Point)

Michael Brown (SF, Mississippi Valley State)

Lester Hitchcock (PF, Alabama A&M)

Marco Russo (PF, UNC-Asheville)

Edgar Stewart (PF, Liberty)

John Portwood (C, VMI)

Boris Graleski (C, Charleston Southern)

Stephen Davis (C, VMI)

 

Pretty pumped that Loar won POTY and I got COTY. I was also surprised that Veasley and Cheatham (both backups at their position) made the all-conference team ahead of the starters at their position. I was a little disappointed that VMI had all three point guards. I was really disappointed that Cody Rogers didn't made 2nd or 3rd team all-conference. He averaged 5.1 apg which is currently 7th in all of NCAA Division I. He only averaged right above 5 ppg but I feel like such a large apg total should count for something. I suppose I need a scoring point guard if I want him to be all-conference.



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The Birmingham News

 

Panthers Earn Rare At-Large Bid

 

BIRMINGHAM | The Birmingham-Southern Panthers are going to the Big Dance. Coach Jeremy Knight and the team found out Sunday night while watching the NCAA Selection Show at Knight's house.

 

"I was honestly very shocked when I saw our name appear on the screen" Knight said. "I figured the loss to Alabama A&M (in the Big South Tournament) and us being from the Big South that A&M stole our bid. I thought we were a 50/50 choice for the NIT."

 

It turns out that the Panthers 42nd RPI ranking was enough in the committee's eyes to push them off the bubble and into the field as a 13-seed. In fact, it was revealed that BSC earned the committee's last at-large bid as the final member of the "Last Four In." 

 

"You never want to be on the bubble this time of the year, but at the same time I would much rather be the last team in the NCAA Tournament than the first team in the NIT or even a team sitting at home watching everyone else play. We're just excited we get to keep playing."

 

Birmingham-Southern's selection to the NCAA Tournament is a rare feat because it gives the Big South Conference two teams in the NCAA field of 64. Traditionally the Big South only receives one bid to the tournament which usually goes to the conference tournament champion. Alabama A&M defeated BSC 61-58 earlier in the week to claim the Big South Tournament Championship.

 

The Panthers will face fellow in-state school Alabama in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Florida. 

 

"We're extremely excited to be able to play in the (NCAA) Tournament once again," Knight said, "but we need to refocus and get back to work. We have to play an extremely talented and tough team in Alabama in the first game. They've been one of the top teams all season and I honestly feel like they're deserving of a 1- or 2-seed. 

 

"They're just so darn talented and they have so much depth. They have legit NBA players on their team and several elite defenders. They have three or four elite post players and a couple of elite shooters. But the good news is that they can only play five of their guys at a time and I feel like our starting five can play with any starting five in the country. The key is going to be keeping our best players on the floor."

 

This will be Birmingham-Southern's second NCAA Tournament appearance under Knight, with the first coming in 79, and the Panthers 10th overall appearance. Birmingham-Southern has an overall record of 0-9 in the NCAA Tournament. 

 

 

NCAA TOURNAMENT POD BREAKDOWN

 

MIDWEST SUB-REGIONAL (at Orlando, Fla.)

[5] Oklahoma

[12] Harvard

 

[4] Alabama 

[13] Birmingham-Southern

 

[5] OKLAHOMA SOONERS

20-7 overall record

12-4 in Big 12 (4th place)

Ranked #21 in previous AP Poll

The Sooners are looking to get back to the Final Four after falling to Florida in last year's championship game. Leading the charge will be senior guard Phillip Sykes who averages 13.6 ppg and was selected to the Honorable Mention All-Big 12 team. Sophomore power forward David Feldmann should also make an impact for the Sooners. Feldmann averages 11.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg and was selected to Third Team All-Big 12 honors. Feldmann is also viewed as a likely early entry into the NBA Draft after next season. Oklahoma was upset by Nebraska in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament and should be refocused for the NCAA Tournament. If not, the Sooners will find themselves back in Norman a couple of weeks sooner, no pun intended, than expected. 

 

[12] HARVARD CRIMSON

21-6 overall record

12-4 in Ivy League (3rd place)

Unranked in previous AP Poll

The Crimson are making their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and Billy Thomas and Zlatko Golembiewski are two big reasons why. Thomas, a junior center, earned First Team All-Ivy League recognition after averaging 11 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Thomas should make things interesting in the post against Oklahoma. Shooting guard Golembiewski is just a sophomore but the leads the team in scoring with 11.1 ppg and in assists with 3.2 apg. The Ukrainian also earned Third Team All-Ivy League honors. Harvard is a talented team but also a very young team. Harvard's youth could ultimately end up being it's Achilles heel.

 

[4] ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

23-5 overall record

14-2 in SEC (SEC Champions)

Ranked #19 in previous AP Poll

The Tide has been rolling all season long down in Tuscaloosa. Alabama looked like heavy favorites to win the SEC Tournament before falling to Kentucky in the semifinals. Paul Smith is the main reason Alabama has been so dominant this season. The SEC Player of the Year averages an incredible 17.7 ppg and is currently ranked third on the latest NBA Draft Big Board. Smith is elite at every skill set a guard needs - athleticism, speed, defense, shooting, ball handling and passing. He's also a better low post player than the majority of post players in the country. In short, Smith has it all. He is as complete of a player as there is in all of college basketball right now. For any team to have a chance of beating Alabama they'll need to stop Smith. Should a team stop Smith, or even slow him down, watch out because 6-7 center Jacob Lowery will wreak havoc in Smith's place. The junior First Team All-SEC performer averaged 14.7 ppg and 7.8 rpg this season. With the most talented roster in the sub-regional, the Tide should continue to roll on into a deep tournament run.

 

[13] BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN PANTHERS

25-4 overall record

14-2 in Big South (2nd place)

Unranked in previous AP Poll

The Panthers just barely got into the tournament and as a reward for making the final field they get to play one of the most talented teams in the country. However, don't sleep on Birmingham-Southern. While they are certainly less talented than several teams in the tournament they are definitely not short on talent. Big man Robert Loar earned Big South Player of the Year honors after averaging 14.7 ppg and 8 rpg. The key for the Panthers to make an upset or two in the tournament will be slowing the game down and keeping their best players on the floor as long as they possibly can. Birmingham-Southern has a couple of players that can hold their own with some of the nation's best, and while their bench is certainly one of the better low- to mid-major reserve groups in the game, it's just not capable of hanging around with the reserves from the high-major teams.

 

PREDICTIONS

Oklahoma comes into Florida on a mission after being embarrassed by Nebraska. That, fueled with Harvard's youth, sends the Crimson home with a fourth straight first round loss. Birmingham-Southern does it's best to slow down the game against Alabama, but the Crimson Tide's superior talent, especially at the guard positions, easily advance them into the second round. Oklahoma meets Alabama in an intriguing and exciting second round matchup with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line. Once again, Alabama's ridiculous talent level proves to be too much and the Tide rolls onto Detroit.



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[4] Alabama vs. [13] Birmingham-Southern

 

TALE OF THE TAPE

 

 

OVERALL RECORD

Alabama 23-5; Birmingham-Southern 25-4

 

POINTS

Alabama 77.6 ppg; Birmingham-Southern 74.7 ppg

 

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

Alabama 51.7%; Birmingham-Southern 51.2%

 

3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

Alabama 43.8%; Birmingham-Southern 44.4%

 

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE

Alabama 73.5%; Birmingham-Southern 70.3%

 

REBOUNDS

Alabama 34.9 rpg; Birmingham-Southern 33.9 rpg

 

ASSISTS

Alabama 17.5 apg; Birmingham-Southern 18.8 apg

 

TURNOVERS

Alabama 12.4 top; Birmingham-Southern 12 topg

 

STATISTICAL LEADERS:

PPG

ALA: Paul Smith (17.7 ppg)

BSC: Robert Loar (15.6 ppg)

 

RPG

ALA: Jacob Lowery (7.8 rpg)

BSC: Robert Loar (7.8 rpg)

 

APG

ALA: Michael Vreeland (4.7 apg)

BSC: Cody Rogers (5.1 apg)



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Tide crush Panthers in NCAA opener

 

ORLANDO, FLA. | Birmingham-Southern's 74-50 loss against 4-seed Alabama in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament was definitely a tale of two halves for the Panthers. After 20 minutes the Panthers were hanging around, trailing 35-31. Then in the second half the Crimson Tide's bench came alive and ran away with the game.

 

"You definitely have to give (Alabama) a lot of credit," BSC coach Jeremy Knight said. "I thought we had a terrific game plan for them and we did an excellent job executing that gameplay in the first half. We went cold in the second half and we couldn't keep up with their bench players and they really put it on us a result."

 

In the first half the Panthers shot 50 percent from the floor and held the Crimson Tide's bench to just eight points. During the second half BSC shot 28.5 percent from the floor, including 14 percent from 3-point range, and were outscored 20-2 by the Alabama bench.

 

"They did a fantastic job of making adjustments at the half," Knight said. "They did a much better job of getting out and guarding us and contesting our shots. Robert (Loar) got into some foul trouble in the second half and that really hurt us offensively as well."

 

Loar, the Big South Player of the Year, played only 24 minutes and scored eight points with five rebounds. William Big stepped up in Loar's absence and led BSC with 17 points and eight rebounds. Rudy Veasley added 10 points for the Panthers. 

 

The Birmingham-Southern bench totaled 56 minutes of floor time, but only shot 27.3 percent from the floor and produced eight points, one assists, and seven rebounds. Alabama was led by Paul Smith, the SEC Player of the Year and potential number one pick in June's NBA Draft, with 18 points while facing a double-team all night long. 

 

"You always want to win and keep playing this time of year," Knight said about the experience of this season, "but at the same time I think it's quite a testament to these guys and an accomplishment that they were able to get an at-large bid coming out of the Big South. The seniors on this team won 94 games during their time at Birmingham-Southern. They have a combined 3.4 GPA. They were part of the school's first conference tournament championship in over 20 years. They had the opportunity to play in two NCAA Tournaments, which is something only two other senior classes in the history of Birmingham-Southern can say. 

 

"I'm disappointed our season is over, but I'm not gonna let that overshadow all of the wonderful things these guys have accomplished at our university."

 

Alabama (24-5) will play 5-seed Oklahoma (21-7) Saturday in the second round with the winner advancing to the Midwest Regional in Detroit. Birmingham-Southern is now 0-10 in NCAA Tournament games and ends the season with a 25-5 record.



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82 POSTSEASON 

 

NCAA DIVISION III TOURNAMENT

 

FIRST ROUND

MIDWEST

[1] Ferrum College def. [16] Elms College

[9] Montclair State def. [8] Nebraska Wesleyan

[5] California Tech def. [12] City College of New York

[4] Wisconsin-Stevens Point def. [13] Juniata College

[6] Methodist def. [11] Delaware Valley

[3] Centre College def. [14] Endicott College

[7] Bethany College def. [10] Eureka College

[2] Chestnut Hill def. [15] Wittenberg

EAST

[1] Averett def. [16] Worcester State

[8] Westminster (MO) def. [9] Massachusetts Liberal Arts

[5] Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison def. [12] Roanoke College

[4] Dallas def. [13] Rutgers-Camden

[6] Capital def. [11] Wisconsin-Superior

[3] Howard Payne def. [14] Monmouth College

[7] Johnson and Wales def. [10] Philadelphia Biblical

[2] Greensboro College def. [15] Franklin & Marshall

SOUTH

[1] North Carolina Wesleyan def. [16] Pittsburgh State

[9] William Patterson def. [8] Southwestern

[5] Chicago def. [12] Catholic

[4] Union College def. [13] Lycoming College

[6] Christopher Newport def. [11] Williamette

[3] Wisconsin-Stout def. [14] Wesleyan

[10] Ogelthorpe def. [7] Dominican

[2] Wisconsin Lutheran def. [15] St. Olaf College

WEST

[1] Chowan College def. [16] Bridgewater State

[8] Anderson def. [9] Brooklyn College

[5] Colorado College def. [12] Rochester

[4] Yeshiva def. [13] Ramapo

[6] La Grange College def. [11] Heidelberg

[3] Augustana College def. [14] Sul Ross State

[10] Palm Beach Atlantic def. [7] Wisconsin-Oshkosh

[2] Menlo College def. [15] Cabrini College

 

SECOND ROUND

MIDWEST

[1] Ferrum College def. [9] Montclair State

[4] Wisconsin-Stevens Point def. [5] California Tech

[3] Centre College def. [6] Methodist

[2] Chestnut Hill def. [7] Bethany College

EAST

[8] Westminster (MO) def. [1] Averett

[5] Fairliegh Dickinson-Madison def. [4] Dallas

[3] Howard Payne def. [6] Capital

[2] Greensboro College def. [7] Johnson and Wales

SOUTH

[1] North Carolina Wesleyan def. [8] Anderson

[4] Union College def. [5] Chicago

[6] Christopher Newport def. [3] Wisconsin-Stout

[2] Wisconsin Lutheran def. [10] Oglethorpe

WEST

[1] Chowan College def. [8] Anderson

[4] Yeshiva def. [5] Anderson

[6] La Grange College def. [3] Augustana College

[2] Menlo College def. [10] Palm Beach Atlantic

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

MIDWEST

[1] Ferrum College def. [4] Wisconsin-Stevens Point

[3] Centre College def. [2] Chestnut Hill

EAST

[8] Westminster (MO) def. [5] Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison

[3] Howard Payne def. [2] Greensboro College

SOUTH

[4] Union College def. [1] North Carolina Wesleyan

[6] Christopher Newport def. [2] Wisconsin Lutheran

WEST

[4] Yeshiva def. [1] Chowan College

[2] Menlo College def. [6] La Grange College

 

ELITE EIGHT

MIDWEST

[1] Ferrum College def. [3] Centre College

EAST

[8] Westminster (MO) def. [3] Howard Payne

SOUTH

[4] Union College def. [6] Christopher Newport

WEST

[2] Menlo College def. [4] Yeshiva

 

FINAL FOUR

[8] Westminster (MO) def. [1] Ferrum College

[2] Menlo College def. [4] Union College

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

[2] Menlo College def. [8] Westminster (MO)

 

 

NCAA DIVISION II TOURNAMENT

 

FIRST ROUND

MIDWEST

[1] Angelo State def. [16] Minnesota-Duluth

[8] Oakland City def. [9] San Francisco State

[12] Ashland def. [5] Northwest Nazarene

[4] Washington Adventist def. [13] Mansfield

[6] Metro State def. [11] St. Michael's

[3] Limestone College def. [14] Grand Valley State

[7] New Jersey Tech def. [10] Rollins College

[2] Cal State-Chico def. [15] Wisconsin-Parkside

EAST

[16] Virginia Union def. [1] Philadelphia

[9] USC-Upstate def. [8] Gannon

[5] Merrimack College def. [12] Northeastern State

[4] Cal State-Santa Barbara def. [13] Charleston

[6] Green Mountain def. [11] Delta State

[3] Grand Canyon def. [14] Saginaw Valley State

[10] Eastern New Mexico def. [7] Molloy College

[15] West Virginia Wesleyan def. [2] Mount Olive

SOUTH

[1] Sonoma State def. [16] UNC-Pembroke

[8] Fairmont State def. [9] Indiana (PA)

[12] Abilene Christian def. [5] Florida Southern

[4] North Dakota State def. [13] Bloomfield College

[6] Northern Michigan def. [11] Longwood

[14] Arkansas-Monticello def. [3] Quincy

[10] Cal State-Los Angeles def. [7] West Florida

[2] University of D.C. def. [15] Fort Valley State

WEST

[1] Cal State-Dominguez Hills def. [16] Kentucky State

[8] Armstrong Atlantic def. [9] Indianapolis

[5] Findlay def. [12] Ouachita Baptist

[4] Tarleton State def. [13] West Texas A&M

[11] Seattle def. [6] LIU-CW Post

[14] Post def. [3] Tusculum

[7] Western State def. [10] California-San Diego

[15] Wayne State (MI) def. [2] Bowie State

 

SECOND ROUND

MIDWEST

[1] Angelo State def. [8] Oakland City

[4] Washington Adventist def. [12] Ashland

[6] Metro State def. [3] Limestone College

[7] New Jersey Tech def. [2] Cal State-Chico

EAST

[9] USC-Upstate def. [16] Virginia Union

[4] Cal State-Santa Barbara def. [5] Merrimack College

[3] Grand Canyon def. [6] Green Mountain

[15] West Virginia Wesleyan def. [10] Eastern New Mexico

SOUTH

[1] Sonoma State def. [8] Fairmont State

[12] Abilene Christian def. [4] North Dakota State

[14] Arkansas-Monticello def. [6] Northern Michigan

[2] University of D.C. def. [10] Cal State-Los Angeles

WEST

[1] Cal State-Dominguez Hills def. [8] Armstrong Atlantic

[4] Tarleton State def. [5] Findlay

[11] Seattle def. [14] Post

[7] Western State def. [15] Wayne State (MI)

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

MIDWEST

[1] Angelo State def. [4] Washington Adventist

[7] New Jersey Tech def. [6] Metro State

EAST

[9] USC-Upstate def. [4] Cal State-Santa Barbara

[3] Grand Canyon def. [15] West Virginia Wesleyan

SOUTH

[12] Abilene Christian def. [1] Sonoma State

[14] Arkansas-Monticello def. [2] University of D.C.

WEST

[1] Cal State-Dominguez Hills def. [4] Tarleton State

[11] Seattle def. [7] Western State

 

ELITE EIGHT

MIDWEST

[1] Angelo State def. [7] New Jersey Tech

EAST

[3] Grand Canyon def. [9] USC-Upstate

SOUTH

[14] Arkansas-Monticello def. [12] Abilene Christian

WEST

[1] Cal State-Dominguez Hills def. [11] Seattle

 

FINAL FOUR

[1] Angelo State def. [3] Grand Canyon

[1] Cal State-Dominguez Hills def. [14] Arkansas-Monticello

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

[1] Angelo State def. [1] Cal State-Dominguez Hills

 

NIT

 

FIRST ROUND

[1] Michigan 62, [8] Sam Houston State 45

[5] Prairie View A&M 68, [4] Villanova 64

[3] Dartmouth 83, [6] Richmond 70

[2] Texas-San Antonio 73, [6] Albany 61

[1] San Diego State 71, [8] New Mexico State 52

[4] Eastern Kentucky 84, [5] Texas 76

[3] South Carolina 66, [6] Hampton 48

[7] South Florida 81, [2] Central Connecticut State 73

[8] North Carolina State 54, [1] Purdue 44

[5] Brown 64, [4] Idaho State 57

[3] BYU 88, [6] Drake 86

[2] Tennessee 100, [7] Missouri 68

[1] Cincinnati 63, [8] Georgia 51

[5] North Carolina 54, [4] Kansas State 48

[3] Notre Dame 66, [6] Holy Cross 54

[2] Santa Clara 91, [7] Stanford

 

SECOND ROUND

[1] Michigan 62, [5] Prairie View A&M 49

[2] Texas-San Antonio 78, [3] Dartmouth 58

[1] San Diego State 56, [4] Eastern Kentucky 52

[3] South Carolina 73, [7] South Florida 54

[8] North Carolina State 77, [5] Brown 74

[2] Tennessee 87, [3] BYU 66

[5] North Carolina 71, 1] Cincinnati 58

[3] Notre Dame 69, [2] Santa Clara 58

 

THIRD ROUND

[1] Michigan 58, [2] Texas-San Antonio 36

[1] San Diego State 69, [3] South Carolina 58

[8] North Carolina State 75, [2] Tennessee 65

[5] North Carolina 52, [3] Notre Dame 50

 

SEMIFINALS (at New York, N.Y.)

[1] San Diego State 61, [1] Michigan 44

[8] North Carolina State 57, [5] North Carolina 42

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (at New York, N.Y.)

[8] North Carolina State 63, [1] San Diego State 52

 

 

NCAA DIVISION I TOURNAMENT

 

FIRST ROUND

MIDWEST

[1] Ohio State 101, [16] Austin Peay 58

[9] Arizona 77, [8] UAB 67

[5] Oklahoma 79, [12] Harvard 67

[4] Alabama 74, [13] Birmingham-Southern 50

[6] Providence 77, [11] Bradley 71

[3] Duke 70, [14] Howard 53

[7] Illinois 73, [10] Fresno State 58

[2] Utah 71, [15] Miami (OH) 67

EAST

[1] Seton Hall 72, [16] Fairfield 52

[8] Wake Forest 90, [9] New Hampshire 87

[12] Northwestern 70, [5] LSU 66

[4] Colorado 65, [13] San Jose State 53

[6] Kentucky 72, [11] Nebraska 61

[3] UCLA 121, [14] Stephen F. Austin 64

[7] Virginia Tech 68, [10] North Texas 57

[2] Michigan State 85, [15] Chicago State 55

SOUTH

[1] Virginia 116, [16] Cal State-Fullerton 67

[8] Rutgers 64, [9] Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 54

[5] Columbia 70, [12] Oklahoma State 57

[4] Ole Miss 76, [13] Northern Arizona 52

[11] Texas Southern 61, [6] Washington 60

[3] Connecticut 93, [14] DePaul 83

[7] Wisconsin 76, [10] Monmouth 62

[2] Texas A&M 80, [15] Furman 59

WEST

[1] Iowa 74, [16] William & Mary 72

[8] Baylor 73, [9] Xavier 66

[5] Miami (FL) 68, [12] Oregon State 49

[4] Syracuse 79, [13] Air Force 66

[6] California 67, [11] Boston College 54

[3] Florida 90, [14] Louisiana-Lafayette 66

[7] Georgetown 78, [10] Minnesota 75 (OT)

[2] Kansas 68, [15] Alabama A&M 49

 

SECOND ROUND

MIDWEST

[1] Ohio State 67, [9] Arizona 43

[4] Alabama 74,  [5] Oklahoma 69

[6] Providence 60, [3] Duke 54

[7] Illinois 57, [2] Utah (OT)

EAST

[1] Seton Hal 69, [8] Wake Forest 55

[12] Northwestern 59, [4] Colorado 57

[3] UCLA 71, [6] Kentucky 61

[2] Michigan State 67, [7] Virginia Tech 65 (OT)

SOUTH

[1] Virginia 69, [8] Rutgers 60

[4] Ole Miss 80, [5] Columbia 62

[3] Connecticut 62, [11] Texas Southern 52

[2] Texas A&M 57, [7] Wisconsin 50

WEST

[1] Iowa 74, [8] Baylor 64

[4] Syracuse 56, [5] Miami (FL) 55

[3] Florida 75, [6] California 56

[2] Kansas 79, [7] Georgetown 72

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

MIDWEST (at Detroit, Mich.)

[4] Alabama 56, [1] Ohio State 44

[6] Providence 61, [7] Illinois 46

EAST (at Boston, Mass.)

[1] Seton Hall 62, [12] Northwestern 57

[3] UCLA 79, [2] Michigan State 74

SOUTH (at Atlanta, Ga.)

[1] Virginia 78, [4] Ole Miss 62

[2] Texas A&M 75, [3] Connecticut 66

WEST (at Salt Lake City, Utah)

[1] Iowa 58, [4] Syracuse 56

[3] Florida 91, [2] Kansas 80 (OT)

 

ELITE EIGHT

MIDWEST (at Detroit, Mich.)

[6] Providence 65, [4] Alabama 61

EAST (at Boston, Mass.)

[1] Seton Hall 74, [3] UCLA 66

SOUTH (at Atlanta, Ga.)

[1] Virginia 89, [2] Texas A&M 79

WEST (at Salt Lake City, Utah)

[3] Florida 102, [1] Iowa 91

 

FINAL FOUR (at Minneapolis, Minn.)

[6] Providence 65, [1] Seton Hall 62

[1] Virginia 106, [3] Florida 96

 

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (at Minneapolis, Minn.)

[6] Providence 74, [1] Virginia 72

 

 

 

82 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:

Division III: Menlo College (35-0) *3rd National Championship in school history (74, 77, 82)*

Division II: Angelo State (35-1) *3rd National Championship in school history (46, 50, 82)*

NIT: North Carolina State (19-14) *2nd NIT Championship in school history (71, 82)*

Division I: Providence (27-6) *2nd National Championship in school history (23, 82)*



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82 AP DIVISION I NATIONAL AWARDS

 

 

AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tony Albert....................PG.....Sr.....UAB

23.5 ppg, 4.5 apg

 

AP DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Douglas Newman..........PF.....Sr.....UCLA

6.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 bpg

 

AP FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Eric Hunter.....................SG....Fr.....Florida

10 ppg, 2.6 apg

 

AP COACH OF THE YEAR

Seth Banks....................Virginia

29-2 overall record entering Sweet Sixteen, ACC Champion, ACC Tournament Champion, 1-seed in NCAA Tournament

*1st COTY Award

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA

PG: Tony Albert (Sr., UAB)

SG: Gary Swarts (Sr., Wake Forest)

SF: Justin Harrison (Sr., La Salle)

PF: Dustin McCoy (Sr., Florida)

C: Bryan Chacon (Sr., Virginia Tech)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA

PG: Kevin Cooper (Sr., New Hampshire)

SG: Patrick Merrill (Sr., UCLA)

SF: Walter Landry (Jr., UCLA)

PF: Mark Bertram (Jr., Loyola (MD))

C: Jacob Lowery (Jr., Alabama)

 

THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICA

PG: James Blackwelder (So., Arizona)

SG: Paul Smith (Sr., Alabama)

SF: Rosario Marino (Sr., Virginia Tech)

PF: Timothy Canipe (Jr., Colorado)

C: Benjamin Sims (Sr., UAB)

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICA

Alberto Gallo (PG, American)

Antonio Davis (PG, Ole Miss)

Gregory McKenney (PG, Loyola (MD))

Roy Ross (SG, UCLA)

Kermit Merchand (SG, New Hampshire)

Mark Whisenhunt (SG, Santa Clara)

Donald King (SF, Furman)

Donald Palmquist (SF, Northwestern)

Eric Henderson (SF, Ole Miss)

Billy Turner (PF, Monmouth)

David Vigna (PF, LSU)

Shawn Holman (PF, Navy)

Clarence Calaway (C, Illinois)

Robert Loar (C, Birmingham-Southern)

Donald Basham (C, Iowa)



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BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN FINAL STATITSTICS 

 

Robert Loar (Sr., C)

30 GP/30 GS     26 mpg     51.4%/0%/68.3%     15.3 ppg     7.7 rpg

*1st in Big South scoring

 

Cody Rogers (Sr., PG)

30 GP/30 GS     23.3 mpg     46.3%/37.1%/72.5%     5.4 ppg     5 apg

*1st in Big South assists

 

William Big (Jr., PF)

30 GP/30 GS     23 mpg     58.9%/n-a/60.5%     8.6 ppg     4.9 rpg

*1st in Big South FG percentage

 

Elbert Estrella (Jr., SF)

30 GP/29 GS     20.5 mpg     47.1%/40%/52.4%     7.8 ppg     3.6 rpg

 

Chris Matthews (Jr., SG)

29 GP/29 GS     19.3 mpg     48%/38.8%/69.9%     9.4 ppg     2.1 apg

 

Rudy Veasley (Sr., SF)

30 GP/1 GS     17.8 mpg     55.1%/54.9%/81.4%     8.3 ppg     3.1 rpg

*1st in Big South 3-point FG percentage

*1st in NCAA 3-point FG percentage

 

Michael Stutes (Fr., PF)

30 GP/0 GS     16.5 mpg     61.1%/n-a/78.6%     1.1 ppg     3.4 rpg

 

Paul Cheatham (Jr., SG)

30 GP/0 GS     16.5 mpg     47.4%/43.4%/84.4%     9.9 ppg     1.4 apg

 

Jared Lobdell (So., PG)

30 GP/0 GS     14.6 mpg     63.3%/0%/73.3%     2 ppg     3.4 apg

 

William Wright (Jr., C)

30 GP/0 GS     14.4 mpg     46.8%/n-a/76.9%     3.9 ppg     5.3 rpg

 

Richard Kanagy (So., PG)

18 GP/1 GS     7.8 mpg     66.7%/100%/66.7%     1.1 ppg     1.3 apg

 

Donald Bowen (Fr., PG)

23 GP/0 GS     5.3 mpg     48.4%/48.1%/100%     2.3 ppg     0.5 apg

 

 

Birmingham-Southern Team Statistics

Offense:

73.8 ppg (2nd in Big South)

33.6 rpg (5th in Big South)

18.4 apg (1st in Big South) (11th in NCAA)

3.9 bpg (T-2nd in Big South)

7.7 spg (6th in Big South)

14.2 fouls-per-game (1st in Big South) (T-11th in NCAA)

11.9 topg (T-1st in Big South) (T-13th in NCAA)

50.8% FG percentage (1st in Big South) (14th in NCAA)

43.6% 3-point FG percentage (1st in Big South) (6th in NCAA)

70.4% FT percentage (8th in Big South)

 

Defense:

59.6 ppg (2nd in Big South)

29.8 rpb (2nd in Big South)

11.1 apg (2nd in Big South)

3.1 bpg (3rd in Big South)

5.8 spg (2nd in Big South) (T-22nd in NCAA)

18.8 fpg (4th in Big South)

14.6 topg (T-6th in Big South)

40.6% FG percentage (2nd in Big South) (T-14th in NCAA)

28.9% 3-point FG percentage (1st in Big South) (4th in NCAA)

75.9% FT percentage (12th in Big South)

 

 

Really pumped about several guys leading the conference in different categories. Especially with Veasley leading the NCAA in 3-point FG percentage. Looking at the overall team statistics I'm pretty pleased with our offense which was one of top offenses in all of the NCAA in most categories. We need to improve in rebounding and especially in FT percentage. One of the main goals of our offense is to be aggressive and get to the line for easy points and putting the other team in foul trouble. We definitely need to shoot better from the foul line. Our defense was pretty good as well. We trailed VMI in most of the Big South categories (their superb defense is one of the reasons they've made the run they have the last two seasons). 



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82 NBA DRAFT RECAP

ROUND 1

 

PK.....TEAM...................................PLAYER........................POS.....YR......HT.....WT.....COLLEGE

1........Orlando Magic......................Paul Smith.....................SG.......Sr........6-0....178....Alabama

2........Philadelphia 76ers................David Vigna...................PF........Sr........6-6....215....LSU

3........Miami Heat...........................Omar Parker..................PF........So.......6-8....234....Washington

4........Milwaukee Bucks.................Antonio Davis.................PG.......Sr........6-4....206....Ole Miss

5........Denver Nuggets...................Timothy Canipe..............PF........Jr.........6-8....239....Colorado

6........Detroit Pistons......................Danny Mathias...............SF........Jr.........6-7....209....Michigan State

7........Indiana Pacers.....................Dustin Moses..................PF........Jr.........6-8....214....Connecticut

8........San Antonio Spurs...............Lester McCarthy..............SF........Jr.........6-5....208....Wisconsin

9........Dallas Mavericks..................Joshua Graham..............SF........Sr.........6-6....204....Duke

10......Charlotte Hornets.................Howard Burton................SF........Jr.........6-5....216....Kansas

11......Phoenix Suns.......................David Jones....................SG.......So........6-2....185....Utah

12......Washington Wizards.............Michael Wiggins.............PG.......Jr.........5-9....165....Seton Hall

13......Brooklyn Nets.......................Shawn Marshall..............PF........Jr.........6-8....204....Michigan State

14......Toronto Raptors....................Clarence Calaway...........C.........So........6-9....212....Illinois

15......Los Angeles Clippers............Donald Basham..............C.........Sr.........6-7....230....Iowa

16......Houston Rockets..................Charles Kimmel...............SF.......Jr..........6-7....215....Seton Hall

17......Oklahoma City Thunder........Daniel McRae..................PF.......So........6-8....217....Providence

18......Portland Trail Blazers............Fred Aquino.....................C........Sr.........6-11...232....Washington

19......Cleveland Cavaliers..............Joseph Duncan...............PG......Jr.........5-11....168....Duke

20......New Orleans Pelicans...........Chris Delatte...................SF.......Sr.........6-5.....209....Virginia

21......Atlanta Hawks.......................Arden Dykstra..................SF......Jr..........6-6.....207....Ohio State

22......Sacramento Kings.................Marvin Cavalier...............PG......Sr.........6-3.....194....Seton Hall

23......Utah Jazz...............................Maximo Romano............C.........Sr.........6-11....256...Miami (FL)

24......New York Knicks....................Tony Albert......................PG......Sr.........6-2......184....UAB

25......Memphis Grizzlies..................Douglas Newman...........PF.......Sr.........6-8......227....UCLA

26......Los Angeles Lakers................Steven Springer..............SF.......Jr.........6-1......198....UCLA

27......Boston Celtics.........................Jim Oliver.......................PF.......Sr.........6-8......204....Wisconsin

28......Golden State Warriors...........Jim Thompson................SG.......Jr.........5-11....166....Minnesota

29......Minnesota Timberwolves.......Bryan Chacon.................C.........Sr.........6-9.....235....Virginia Tech

30......Chicago Bulls.........................Paul Klein........................PG......Jr.........5-10....174....Ohio State

 

ROUND 2

 

PK.....TEAM...................................PLAYER........................POS.....YR......HT.....WT.....COLLEGE

31......Orlando Magic......................Andrew Palladino..........C..........Sr........6-6....203....Texas A&M

32......Philadelphia 76ers...............Danny Clark...................PF........Sr........6-9....210.....LSU

33......Miami Heat...........................William Doering.............PF........Jr.........6-5....205....Oregon State

34......Milwaukee Bucks.................Roy Ross.......................SG.......Sr.........6-1....177....UCLA

35......Denver Nuggets...................John Yamaguchi............SG.......Sr.........6-3....201....UCLA

36......Detroit Pistons......................Robert Frost..................SG.......Jr..........6-1....184....Kentucky

37......Indiana Pacers......................Walter Landry................SF........Jr.........6-5.....213....UCLA

38......San Antonio Spurs................Dustin McCoy................PF........Sr.........6-2.....191....Florida

39......Dallas Mavericks...................Donovan Judd...............SG......Jr..........6-1......177....Kansas

40......Charlotte Hornets..................Henry Armand...............PG......Sr..........6-0.....173.....Providence

41......Phoenix Suns........................Louis Rupp....................SF.......Sr..........6-3.....187....Duke

42......Washington Wizards.............Arthur Bartow.................SG......Sr..........6-0.....170....Northwestern

43......Brooklyn Nets.......................David Morgan.................PF.......Jr...........6-7.....231....Utah

44......Toronto Raptors....................Thurman Mims...............C.........Sr..........6-9.....245....Florida

45......Los Angeles Clippers............Rosario Marino...............SF......Sr...........6-6.....200....Virginia Tech

46......Houston Rockets..................Daniel Drinkard...............SF......Sr...........6-2.....187....Texas A&M

47......Oklahoma City Thunder........Keith Walser...................SF.......Sr...........6-5....218....Ohio State

48......Portland Trail Blazers...........Terry Burkley...................PG.....Sr...........6-1.....187....Georgetown

49......Cleveland Cavaliers..............Calvin Wason.................PF......Sr...........6-9.....215....Syracuse

50......New Orleans Pelicans..........Elbert Shealy...................PG.....Jr...........6-2.....202....Virginia Tech

51......Atlanta Hawks.......................Jeffrey Plunk..................SG.....Sr...........5-10...167....Virginia

52......Sacramento Kings.................Ernest Lebeau...............C........Sr..........6-7......229....Baylor

53......Utah Jazz..............................Robert Tartaglia..............PF......Sr..........6-4......206....California

54......New York Knicks...................Michael Bess..................PG.....Sr..........6-5......214....California

55......Memphis Grizzlies.................Luke Heppner................C........Sr..........6-8......228....Michigan State

56......Los Angeles Lakers...............John Phillips..................PG.....Sr...........6-5.....197....Wisconsin

57......Boston Celtics.......................Sean Edwards...............SF......Sr...........6-3.....206....Baylor

58......Golden State Warriors..........Olin Wiszynski................PG.....Jr...........5-9.....160....Michigan

59......Minnesota Timberwolves......Dennis Moore.................PF......Sr...........6-9....237....Northwestern

60......Chicago Bulls........................Patrick Greenwald.........PG.....Jr............6-3....180....Providence



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Birmingham-Southern Athletics Press Release

 

Panthers Finalize Recruiting Class

 

BIRMINGHAM | Coach Jeremy Knight announced the signing of three prep players for the Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team. The signees include power forward Donald Dargan and centers Jeffrey Cain and Shawn Beauvais. The addition of the three post players brings BSC’s roster size to the NCAA limit of 12 players.

 

“We’re really pleased with the three guys we’re bringing into our family here at Birmingham-Southern,” Knight said. “We played all year last season with just four post players. One of those four was a freshman so we really played a good portion of the season with just three post guys. I made it clear that we needed to focus on post players this signing period to try and balance out our roster and my fantastic staff went out and did just that.”

 

Donald Dargan                    PF     6-6     212     Russellville, Ala./Russellville HS

Dargan earned ASWA 3rd Team All-State honors after leading Russellville High School to the Class 5A Northwest Regional Semifinals in the postseason. He also earned a spot on Rivals Top 300 list as the No. 291 overall player in the class of 83, and the No. 68 power forward. During his senior season Dargan averaged 18.2 points on 70 percent shooting from the field.

 

“Donald is a guy that we targeted from the beginning of the [recruiting] process. He’s a great athlete and a pretty good defender and rebounder as well. His post game is extremely raw, but with his work ethic he has the potential to become a two-way force in the paint. His ceiling is extremely high and we’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

 

Jeffrey Cain                           C       6-8     239     Auburn, Ala./Lee-Scott Academy

Cain averaged 26.9 points and 8.3 rebounds a game and was awarded the AISA Player of the Year award. Cain led Lee-Scott Academy to the AISA Class AAA Semifinals. Rivals ranks Cain as the No. 191 center in the class of 83.

 

“Jeff is another guy we noticed early on and decided we wanted to have him. He’s a really good athlete with a well-developed post game and good rebounding skills. He’s also a capable defender and rim protector. He flew a little under the radar due to playing in a smaller athletic association, but we really believe he has the potential to become a great defender. That, along with his offensive skillset, will make him one of the top post players in the Big South before he graduates.”

 

Shawn Beauvais                  C       7-0   258     Sumter, S.C./Wilson Hall Academy

Beauvais joins the Panthers squad as the most heralded recruit in Jeremy Knight’s tenure. Rivals ranks Beauvais as the No. 79 overall player and the No. 19 center in the class of 83. Beauvais also earned a three-star rating. The seven-footer averaged 25.8 points a game in just 22 minutes of action per game while leading his team to the SCISA Class AAA Semifinals. Beauvais also earned the SCISA Player of the Year award for accomplishments on the court.

 

“Shawn was big signing for us. He didn’t get the attention he was probably expecting coming out of high school as a three star prospect. He’s definitely the most highly decorated recruit we’ve signed here at BSC from a national standpoint. Shawn is going to make an immediate impact for us on defense. His rebounding and shot blocking skills are at an elite level. He’s not overly athletic, which in my opinion is why he didn’t draw much attention from the high majors, and he’s a decent man-to-man defender. His low post game is developing and will continue to improve. He’s a very good passer for a big man; there aren’t many guys that play the 5 and can pass as well as he does. He’s also a great free throw shooter and has a 3.4 GPA. He’s very reminiscent of Robert Loar.”

 

“We’re extremely pleased with the three young men that will be joining our program. We believe that we not only brought in three terrific basketball players, but also three terrific young men who will take care of business on the court and in the classroom.

 

“We’re looking forward to the guys arriving on campus so we can continue our journey to winning the Big South championship and making the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season.”

 

 

 



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RIVALS 83 RECRUITING ROUNDUP

 

The signing period for the “Year of the Small Forwards” is officially over and it’s time to see which teams and conferences fared the best. A year after winning the NCAA Championship the Florida Gators win the Rivals Recruiting Championship. The Gators signed all six of their players from within their own backyard. Florida’s class is led by the No. 7 overall player and No. 1 center Robert Jones (Monticello, Fla./Aucilla Christian Academy). Jones is listed as 7-foot-1 and already boasts athleticism, rebounding, defense, shot blocking and low post skills that are making NBA scouts salivate. Kansas cashed in big time with the No. 2 overall class led by the signing of our number one overall player Warren Kelly (St. Louis, Mo./Gateway HS). The 6-4 small forward brings an elite skill set to the Jayhawk’s wing and he already has the athleticism, defense, low post, and passing skills for the NBA. The Jayhawks have reached the Sweet Sixteen in five of the last seven seasons, but have only advanced to the Elite Eight once in those five trips. Will Kelly be one of the key pieces needed for Kansas to make a long awaited Final Four run? Defending national champion Providence only had a few holes to fill, but the Friars were able to fill them with some very talented individuals on their way to the No. 14 overall class. The key signee for Providence is small forward Leroy Rollins (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia HS). Rollins is ranked as the No. 3 overall player and the No. 2 small forward behind Kelly. Rollin’ overall skill set isn’t as developed as Kelly’s, but his perimeter game is way ahead of Kelly’s and he might be the best defender in the entire class. The Friars were also able to add foreign power forward Miro Zook (Belgrade, Serbia) during the signing period. The five-star recruit averaged 42 points-per-game last season and should be legit low post threat for Providence in his freshman campaign. The final signee for Providence is three-star point guard Mark Bailey (Norwell, Mass./Norwell HS). Bailey comes in as the No. 75 overall player and the No. 16 point guard. Bailey is by no means a scoring point guard, but he can facilitate with the best of them. His speed, athleticism, defense, ball handling, and passing are already among the elite level. It’ll be interesting to see if he stays in college long enough to develop his shooting ability or he will make the jump to the NBA solely as a facilitator.

 

Here are the Top 25 recruiting classes according to Rivals experts:

1.       Florida (SEC)

2.       Kansas (Big 12)

3.       Seton Hall (Big East)

4.       Duke (ACC)

5.       Illinois (Big Ten)

6.       Texas A&M (Big 12)

7.       Iowa (Big Ten)

8.       Washington (Pac-12)

9.       Columbia (Ivy League)

10.   Virginia Tech (ACC)

11.   Georgia (SEC)

12.   Miami (FL) (ACC)

13.   Syracuse (Big East)

14.   Providence (Big East)

15.   Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Southland)

16.   VMI (Big South)

17.   Texas (Big 12)

18.   Michigan State (Big Ten)

19.   Tennessee (SEC)

20.   Xavier (Atlantic 10)

21.   Ole Miss (SEC)

22.   Bradley (Missouri Valley)

23.   Penn State (Big Ten)

24.   Virginia (ACC)

25.   Kentucky (SEC)

 

Here is how each conference performed on the recruiting trail this season:

1.       SEC

2.       Big Ten

3.       ACC

4.       Big East

5.       Pac-12

6.       Big 12

7.       Northeast

8.       Missouri Valley

9.       Ivy League

10.   Mountain West

11.   Atlantic 10

12.   Patriot League

13.   Big West

14.   Big Sky

15.   MEAC

16.   MAC

17.   CAA

18.   Conference-USA

19.   MAAC

20.   West Coast

21.   Southland

22.   Ohio Valley

23.   Big South

24.   Summit League

25.   Sun Belt

26.   Horizon

27.   Southern

 



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THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS

 

Birmingham-Southern Season Preview

 

BIRMINGHAM | Coming off of last season’s NCAA Tournament at-large berth, Jeremy Knight’s 83 Birmingham-Southern squad is in a position to do something no team in the history of BSC has done before – make the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons.

 

“[Making the tournament] is always a goal of ours, each year,” said Knight. “So from that standpoint, nothing has changed. We have the same goals this year that we’ve had every single year since I’ve been here – that is to win the Big South championship, win the Big South Tournament championship, and make the NCAA Tournament. However, the opportunity to make the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years is a special opportunity, but we cannot get caught up in that. We need to continue to take things one game at a time, and if we do what we’re supposed to do everything will take care of itself.”

 

Last season was Birmingham-Southern’s second NCAA Tournament appearance with the first coming in 79. The big difference between this season’s BSC squad and the last team that attempted to make repeat NCAA Tournament appearances will be a huge factor – experience.

 

The 80 BSC team had only six players with any experience and featured nine underclassmen. This year will be different. The Panthers will return nine players from last season’s tournament team and will be loaded with upperclassmen. Birmingham-Southern will have the luxury of having five seniors and two juniors to help lead the team this season.

 

“That’s definitely something that hurt us last time,” Knight said in reference to his team’s inexperience in the past. “It’s a challenge in itself trying to get younger guys to adjust to the college lifestyle and pace and intensity of the college game. Our youth and inexperience cost us a couple of games back then, but the good thing is that it’s finally come full circle. The players that were freshmen on that team and got thrown into the fire are now seniors and battle tested. They know what the expectations here are and they know how to go about putting in the work to meet those expectations.”

 

GUARDS

 

Jared Lobdell is expected to take over the reigns of the BSC offense this season after serving as the primary backup last season. Lobdell isn’t known as a scoring threat (he’s averaged 2.4 ppg his career so far), but he is a superb facilitator (he has a career 3.1-to-0.8 assist-to-turnover ratio).

 

“I would love to have a point guard who also poses an added threat as a scorer,” said Knight, “but the ability to take care of the ball and run our offense trumps the ability to score at our point position. Jared does a fantastic job of that and we’re really excited to see what he can do now that he’s running the show.”

 

Paul Cheatham didn’t start a single game last season after starting 16 games during his sophomore campaign. However, he made the most of his minutes (16.4 mpg) with a 47.4%/43.4%/84.4% shooting split and averaged 9.9 ppg (a career high) en route to earning 2nd Team Big South honors – as a backup. As to whether or not he’ll start this season at the 2-guard position or come off the bench again, there’s no telling. One thing is for sure though; Cheatham can shoot the ball with the best of them. Cheatham’s worst 3-point shooting percentage during his career was during his freshman campaign (40.9%) and it has improved each season.

 

“Paul is just a terrific kid. Like any other kid out there he wants to start every game, but he also understand that starting a game isn’t as important as what you do with the minutes you get. He’s always made the most of every minute he’s played. Whether he starts or not it’s going to be hard to keep him off the court. He’ll see plenty of playing time one way or another.”

 

Chris Matthews started every game at the 2-guard position last season and averaged a career high of 9.4 ppg. The senior has had a very mixed career during his time at BSC. He started his first 21 games as a freshman before losing the job to the more experienced Cheatham. He started his sophomore season as Cheatham’s backup before taking over the starting spot the final 12 games. Last season he started every game and averaged almost 10 ppg, but he shot a career low 38.8% from 3 and earned Honorable Mention All-Big South honors. Matthews has just as much ability as Cheatham, if not more, and it will be interesting to see what happens with him this season.

 

“Chris is a very talented player. He can score if we need him to score. Both of our main options at the 2 are very talented and very capable scorers which is a great thing to have. If one of them isn’t having a good game it’s a luxry to be able to pull him and put in another player just as good. Chris is also a very good ball handler and passer so he will see some time at the point as well. There’s a chance we will play Chris and Paul together on the court at the same time if we feel like we need more scoring options on the floor. We’ll see how things sort themselves out once we really get into practice and play a few games.”

 

Richard Kanagy has been buried in an immensely deep backcourt throughout his time at BSC. The junior has only played 254 total minutes in his career and only saw action in 18 games last season. However, Kanagy did get to start in the NCAA Tournament against Alabama when the Panthers faced the eventual first pick in the NBA Draft, Paul Smith. His perimeter game is good but not great. Kanagy’s greatest skillset is his combination of speed and athleticism and his ability to defend.

 

“Richard is a guy who could have transferred somewhere else for more playing time and instead he chose to ride it out. He’s had to wait behind some really good guards during his career, some of the best we’ve had since I’ve been here, and he’s used that opportunity to learn from them and better himself. He’s not a guy that’s going to lead you in scoring and he’s not a great ball hander or passer. But that kid can lock you down defensively. He’s the fastest kid on our team and one of the best defenders. He’s athletic and fast enough that I feel comfortable playing him from the 1 to the 3. His willingness to hang around for so long combined with his defensive ability will allow him to see the floor more this season than he probably has since he’s been here.”

 

Donald Bowen played very sparingly last season (5.3 mpg in 23 games), but he showed why he was recruited to Birmingham-Southern during his freshman campaign – he can shoot the 3. Bowen shot 48.4% from the floor last season and 48.1% from the 3-point line. He also made all nine of his free throw attempts. While he only played 5 minutes a game last season, he averaged 2.3 ppg during his appearances. This season Bowen should see action as a 3-point specialist off the bench. Look for his scoring average, and his minutes played average, to increase this season.

 

“Donald is such a great kid for our program. He wasn’t very highly regarded coming out of high school and a lot of people thought we were crazy for signing him, but last season he showed flashes of what we saw in him and thought he could become. He didn’t as many opportunities to display his ability as he probably would have liked due to our stacked backcourt the last few years, but anytime he was on the floor opposing defenses had to know where he was. He had continued to get better and we’re really looking forward to seeing what he does this season.

 

SMALL FORWARDS

 

Elbert Estrella returns as the only small forward on the BSC roster. Last year he started 29 of 30 games and saw an average of 20.5 minutes per game. Estrella averaged 7.8 ppg, 1.5 apg, and 3.6 rpg which earned him 2nd Team Big South recognition. Estrella has never quite lived up the hype surrounding his arrival in Birmingham (he was the No. 25 small forward in the class of 80), but that’s not to say he hasn’t been a good player. He’s been a very solid player for the Panthers and is probably the most complete inside-out scoring option during Knight’s tenure. Estrella will face no competition for the starting 3 spot, but expect Matthews, Cheatham, and Kanagy to see some time at the 3 spot as a backup.

 

POST PLAYERS

 

William Big had a breakout year last season when he averaged 8.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg while earning 2nd Team Big South honors. He also led the Big South in field goal percentage, shooting 58.9% from the field. Big is an exceptional athlete with great speed for a power forward. He also is solid in rebounding, defending, shot blocking, and his low post game is very good. In short, Big is a very well developed, complete big man. He can do a little bit of everything. Look for him to be the featured player in Knight’s offense this season.

 

“William is just a fantastic player. He can really do everything for us. Ever since he arrived on campus he’s been working hard and preparing for this moment where he’s the center point of the offense. I can honestly say that if he plays like he is capable of playing that we will once again have the Big South Player of the Year on our team.”

 

Michael Stutes played as the primary backup at the 4 last season as a true freshman and averaged 1.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg. Stutes also shot 61.1% from the field and an impressive (for a power forward) 78.6% from the free throw line. Stutes is still very raw player and definitely would have benefitted from a redshirt season last year but the Panthers weren’t in a position where they could let him sit out. Stutes continues to grow and it will be interesting to see where he falls on the depth chart with incoming freshman Donald Dargan.

 

“Michael did a fantastic job for us last season. Not many freshmen can come in and play 16 minutes a game from the get go. He was able to come into a situation where he just needed to give our guys a break and grab some rebounds while he was in the game. He did just that. He’s continuing to develop as a player and as he develops so will his role with this team. His ball handling and passing are unreal – the best I’ve ever seen in a post player. We’re very excited about Michael’s future with our team.”

 

William Wright has spent his entire career as Robert Loar’s backup. Granted, Loar was BSC’s best player in recent memory, but Wright still might have some work to do to prove that he’s earned the vacant starting center position. Last year Wright’s numbers dropped (6.4. ppg to 3.9 ppg and 5.4 rpg to 5.3 rpg) which can partially be attributed to Loar staying on the court as much as possible, but you have to wonder if he has what it takes to be a full time starter or if he’s just a career backup who excels at rebounding.

 

“Will has been great for us during his time here. He’s an outstanding rebounder and he’s a pretty good defender too. He’s pretty athletic and has a good low post game also. He’s definitely gotten lost in the shuffle during his time here due to Robert Loar also playing the center position, but I really do believe and expect for him to perform at a high level this year – he’s very capable.”

 

Shawn Beauvais will walk on Birmingham-Southern’s campus as the most highly decorated recruit during Knight’s tenure and possibly in the history of BSC. Beauvais was ranked as the No. 79 overall player and the No. 19 center by Rivals. He also earned a three-star ranking. While not overly athletic, Beauvais made a name for himself on the prep circuit as a rebounder and rim protector. Beauvais should offer serious competition to Wright for the starting center position.

 

“Shawn is just a man when it comes to grabbing rebounds and blocking shots. We would watch some of his high school games or AAU games and it’s just crazy at how developed his games was at those two areas, which are two areas we identified as needing immediate help. Shawn will provide that immediate help for us and we’ll see how things go in practice as far as who will be our starting center.”

 

Donald Dargan begins his BSC career with an opportunity to earn a spot as William Big’s primary backup at the 4. Dargan will be competing against Stutes for the spot. Both players are fairly similar in their overall skill sets at this point. Dargan really needs to work on his low post games. His lack of a decent low post game and college experience will more than likely have him sitting behind Big and Stutes this season – at least to start with.

 

“We’re really excited about Donald joining our program. He’s going to have every chance to compete with Michael Stutes for that first backup position at power forward and we’ll see what happens. He’s a very good player with a pretty good skill set. He’s definitely got some areas he needs to work on and improve, but that’s just part of it. He has a very high ceiling and we’re looking forward to helping him reach his potential as a player.”

 

Jeffrey Cain will more than likely redshirt during his first season at BSC. The incoming center was a very highly decorated prep player at Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, but failed to draw the national interest all high school players seek. Cain was ranked as the No. 191 center by Rivals. Cain is athletic and has a good low post game. He is also an okay rebounder, defender, and shot blocker. He should experience a lot of growth and development during his redshirt season and could one day join the group of great post players Knight has coached at BSC.

 

“We really like Jeff’s potential. We really feel like he was overlooked due to playing in the smaller athletic association in Alabama. He just has so much potential and can be a very good post player before he leaves here. He has a very bright future at Birmingham-Southern.”

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

 

PG  Jared Lobdell (Jr.)

SG   Chris Matthews (Sr.)*

SF   Elbert Estrella (Sr.)*

PF   William Big (Sr.)*

C     William Wright (Sr.)

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6     Paul Cheatham (Sr.)

7     Shawn Beauvais (Fr.)

8     Richard Kanagy (Jr.)

9     Donald Bowen (So.)

10   Michael Stutes (So.)

11   Donald Dargan (Fr.)

*- Returning Starter

 

 

FINAL VERDICT

 

The Birmingham-Southern Panthers are loaded with experience and talented entering the 84 season. They should compete with VMI and Alabama A&M for the Big South championship. Due to their experience, we’re giving to edge to BSC to unseat VMI as Big South champions. The Keydets have won the last two regular season titles, but have to replace six players from last season’s team. Look for the Panthers to not only win the Big South for the first time since 79 but also make the NCAA Tournament for consecutive seasons for the first time ever. Keep up with the Birmingham-Southern Panthers and follow them all season with The Birmingham News.



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Birmingham-Southern Releases 83 Schedule

 

 

BIRMINGHAM | The Birmingham-Southern Panthers’ road to back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths will be a challenging one. The Panthers released their schedule for the 83 season and its highlighted by three games against high major teams and four teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. Two of those NCAA Tournament teams, No. 5 Seton Hall and No. 10 Texas A&M, advanced to the Final Four and Elite Eight, respectively.

 

“We definitely didn’t want to have an easy schedule this season,” BSC coach Jeremy Knight said. “I think one of the main reasons we made the NCAA Tournament last season was because we played such a tough schedule. We don’t want to play a bunch of cupcakes. We need to challenge ourselves and beat some good teams, and this schedule gives us that opportunity.”

 

Birmingham-Southern will also play the other two Division I schools located in Birmingham. The Panthers will host UAB who won the Conference-USA regular season and tournament championships before falling in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament. This will be the second consecutive meeting between the two top teams in the Magic City. Birmingham-Southern will also host Samford in their sixth consecutive meeting, also known as the Battle for Birmingham. Birmingham-Southern is 5-0 against Samford during Knight’s tenure.

 

“I think its great anytime you can play quality Division I teams within a close proximity, much less your own city,” Knight added. “Its great for the programs because these are obviously games the fans care very much about which brings in a lot of money for the host teams. Its also great because the teams are very good teams. UAB won 28 games last year and made it to the NCAA Tournament. It’s a great situation for us to test ourselves against them while also not having to travel more than 10 to 15 miles.”

 

Also included on BSC’s schedule is a pair of exhibition games against SEC opponents. The Panthers will host Georgia in their first exhibition game before traveling to Columbia to play South Carolina in their final exhibition games.

 

“I’m really excited about the exhibition games. They will be very good tests for our team right out of the gate. We feel like we have a very strong schedule with Georgia, South Carolina, Seton Hall, UAB, Texas A&M, and West Virginia included. It can really be a great benefit to us for playing such tough competition, however, it can also burn us if we don’t win some of those games. So we’ll see how we fare. I’m very confident in our team this season and we’re just ready to get started. The game against Georgia can’t get here fast enough.”

 

The highlight of the Panthers Big South schedule will be the game against VMI, which will also be Senior Night for the Panthers. That game will in all likely hood determine who wins the Big South regular season championship and gets to host the Big South Tournament.

 

Birmingham-Southern’s schedule is listed below.  Make sure to keep up with all the happenings of the Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball program by following The Birmingham News all season.

 

 

 

Georgia [exhibition] (15-14, NIT 1st Round)

at South Carolina [exhibition] (18-13, NIT 3rd Round)

at Troy (10-18)

at Arkansas State (17-11)

#5 Seton Hall (28-5, Big East Champion, NCAA Final Four)

at Georgia State (11-17)

UAB (28-2, Conference-USA Champion, Conference-USA Tournament Champion, NCAA 1st Round)

#10 Texas A&M (26-6, Big 12 Champion, NCAA Elite Eight)

Montana (19-8)

at West Virginia (13-14)

Samford (3-24)

Liberty* (16-11)

High Point* (20-9)

at Alabama A&M* (20-10, Big South Tournament Champion, NCAA 1st Round)

UNC-Asheville* (15-14)

at Coastal Carolina* (17-11)

at Radford* (2-25)

Alabama State* (7-21)

Alabama A&M* (20-10, Big South Tournament Champion, NCAA 1st Round)

at Mississippi Valley State* (4-23)

at Charleston Southern* (10-17)

Mississippi Valley State* (4-23)

at Alabama State* (7-21)

at UNC-Asheville* (15-14)

Winthrop* (2-25)

VMI* (21-6, Big South Champion)

at High Point* (20-9)



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Birmingham-Southern Tops Georgia in Exhibition

 

BIRMINGHAM | Birmingham-Southern’s journey to another NCAA Tournament berth stated on a high note with a 52-41 victory over SEC foe Georgia. Paul Cheatham led BSC with 13 points and William Big added 11 points.

 

The Bulldogs looked to be taking hold of the game with a 16-10 lead with 7:33 remaining in the opening half. However, the Panthers were able to keep up with Georgia and prevent them from running away with the game. Cheatham nailed two big 3’s in the final eight minutes of the opening half, including one from the right corner at the end of half to give Birmingham-Southern a 25-23 lead at the break.

 

Birmingham-Southern’s roster full of experience proved to be too much for the Bulldogs youthful team in the second half. The Panthers never trailed in the second half and pushed their lead to 16 with 6:46 remaining after a shot by Big gave BSC a 46-30 lead. The Birmingham-Southern defense held Georgia to just 18 second half points on the way to final score of 52-41.

 

“I was really proud of our guys and how they played today,” BSC coach Jeremy Knight said. “Georgia is a very talented team. They’re very inexperienced with five freshmen and four sophomores on their team, but you can tell they’re going to be very good down the road.”

 

Freshman Shawn Beaubais got the starting nod at center and finished the game with six points and 10 rebounds. Beaubais was also 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

 

“I was really pleased with all of our guys today and their performances – especially our newcomers. Shawn was huge being able to come in and grab 10 rebounds against a quality high major team in his first collegiate game. Donald Dargan only played five minutes but scored three points. I was really pleased with our effort and performance today, but now we have to turn our attention to our next game against South Carolina.”

 

As Knight referenced, the Panthers will travel to Columbia to play the South Carolina Gamecocks in their final exhibition warm up before the regular season begins. South Carolina defeated Charlotte 83-66 in their first exhibition game.

 

“[South Carolina] is very good. They’re another quality team from the SEC. They’re not as inexperienced as Georgia is. They’ve been to the NIT the last four years and I think they’ve made it to the third round the last two years. Almost all of their guards can shoot the ball and a couple of their posts are men down low. It’ll be another good challenge for us and I’m excited to see how our guys perform against them.”

 

Birmingham-Southern will play South Carolina at 3:00 pm CST on Friday. 



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Panthers Run Out of Gas, Fall to South Carolina

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. | After an exhilarating back and forth contest throughout most of the game, Birmingham-Southern went flat during the final seven minutes against South Carolina and ultimately lost the game 73-65.

 

Chris Matthews hit a free throw with 7:03 remaining in the game to cut the Gamecock’s lead to 56-54. From that point on the Panthers shot 2-of-9 (22.2%) from the field, including 1-of-6 (16.7%) from 3-point range. Birmingham-Southern also turned the ball over twice and connected on four of their six free throw attempts during that stretch. Jared Lobdell was 0-2 from the charity stripe during the final seven minutes, missing the front end of a one-and-one twice.

 

“Our execution down the stretch today was awful,” BSC coach Jeremy Knight said, frustrated. “We played so well for the first 30 minutes and then we just stopped making good basketball decisions and took some bad shots. Everything kind of snowballed downhill from there.”

 

The Panthers gave South Carolina everything they could handle in the first half as they went into the break with a 35-30 lead in a tightly contested half. Birmingham-Southern shot 62.5 percent from the 3 in the opening half (5-for-8) and scored 12 points off 10 Gamecock turnovers. The Panther’s bench also contributed 16 points in the first half.

 

The second half performance from BSC was the complete opposite from the first as they made 2-of-10 3-point attempts (20%) and failed to score zero points off just three South Carolina turnovers. Birmingham-Southern’s bench also only accounted for three points in the second half.

 

“Our bench did a great job of getting involved in the first half and our guys were getting into their guys and forcing some turnovers. We were able to turn those turnovers into fast break opportunities and scored some easy baskets. In the second half we relaxed a little bit on defense and it hurt us. We went cold from the 3 and continued jacking them up instead of getting to the rim.”

 

William Big led BSC in scoring with 18 points, but only managed to get two rebounds. Elbert Estrella added 16 points and a team-high five rebounds. Shawn Beaubais struggled mightily, only grabbing four rebounds and failing to score. South Carolina’s Michael Messer also took advantage of Beaubais’ inexperience on his way to a 18 points, 11 rebound performance.

 

“I thought for the most part William and Elbert played really well. William has to get more than two rebounds for us. Shawn had a tough day today. He was matched up against a senior that averaged 13 and 7 in the SEC last year. Not to make any excuses for his performance today, because the bottom line is he needs to perform better than that, but this is why we play these games; to see how our guys perform against quality competition.

 

“You can only tell so much about these guys from conditioning and practice, especially the freshmen, so it’s nice to have these two exhibition games to see how our guys perform against other teams. No we’ll have to sit down and evaluate each of our players and figure out how to play everyone going forward.”

 

Birmingham-Southern will open the 83 regular season on Friday with a road trip against the Troy Trojans. Last season the Trojans went 10-18 and BSC defeated them 80-54 in the season opener. Troy defeated Division II Nebraska-Omaha 72-55 in their only exhibition game earlier this week. Tip off is set for 7:00 pm. 



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Knight Pleased With Panthers Entering Big South Play

 

BIRMINGHAM | Birmingham-Southern head coach Jeremy Knight said he was pleased with his team’s performance during the nonconference portion of the schedule. The Panthers are currently 8-2 with their only losses coming against two ranked opponents – BSC lost 74-60 to then No. 5 Seton Hall and 65-50 to then No. 9 Texas A&M.

 

“Overall we’re really pleased with how our guys have been performing,” said Knight of his team’s first 10 games. “We’ve really done a good job of playing defense overall. We won all of the game we probably should have won and lost the games we should have lost. I felt like there were a few games that could have gone either way on our schedule and we won them, so I think we’re in a pretty good situation heading into conference play.”

 

The highlight victories for BSC include a 51-47 road win over a young Auburn squad and a 76-57 thrashing of crosstown rival UAB. Making BSC’s victory over the Blazers much sweeter is the fact that UAB coach Greg Olmander gave Knight his first coaching job as an assistant at Division III East Texas Baptist. After the 73 season Olmander made the move to Division II Indianapolis which allowed Knight to take over East Texas Baptist for his first head coaching job. Knight led the Tigers to a Division III National Championship during his first season as a head coach.

 

“I think my past with Coach Olmander is pretty well documented,” said Knight. “I’ll always be forever grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to get into the coaching business. We used to coach against each other during scrimmages at practices years ago at East Texas. It’s crazy to sit back and see how our different paths led each of us to Division I programs in Birmingham, which gives us the opportunity to play each other.

 

“It was really nice to get a win over [UAB] for those reasons, but we also got to get some revenge from the beating they put on us last year,” Knight said with a grin.

 

The Panthers best win of the season so far came on the road against West Virginia (RPI: 26). Birmingham-Southern went to Morgantown and picked up an 80-71 victory.

 

“The West Virginia game was huge for us. To be able to play a quality opponent on the road and beat them was a huge boost to not only our program and postseason hopes, but also to our players. When you’re able to go on the road and beat an Auburn or a West Virginia it really gives your players a boost of confidence. Our coaching staff tells them all the time that we belong on that level with some of those teams and whenever you’re able to beat them it just really affirms it for the players. They have proof that we’re not just saying these things – they’re true!”

 

The leader for the Panthers this season has been William Big. The senior from California is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds a game, which ranks first and third in the Big South Conference, respectively. Big is also shooting a Big South leading 59.8 percent from the floor. Big is on pace to become the sixth BSC player to be named Big South Player of the Year during Knight’s tenure. During Knight’s nine years at the helm of BSC, a player has won the award seven times.

 

Fellow seniors Paul Cheatham and Chris Matthews aren’t far behind in production. Cheatham averages 13.8 ppg (second in the Big South) and Matthews averages 10.8 ppg in a reserve role. Cheatham is also third in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (46.4%) and free throw percentage (88.9%). Matthews ranks fourth in the Big South three-point field goal percentage at 45.2 percent. Junior point guard Jared Lobdell leads the Big South in assists with 5.2 per game.

 

“I said coming into the season one of our strengths would be our senior leadership and it’s really shown through our first 10 games. William is doing a fantastic job in scoring and getting boards. On top of that he’s taking good shots, which is leading to his high field goal percentage. Paul and Chris have been phenomenal. Together they’re averaging 25 points a game. They understand that it’s not about who starts and who comes off the bench, it’s about what you do on the court while you’re in the game. They’ve both done a great job of playing whichever role gives our team the best chance to win, no matter what role it is.

 

“Jared is another upperclassmen who just does a great job of playing his role. He understands that we don’t need him to score 15 points every night. He goes out and just does a great job of reading defenses and finding an open man to get the ball to. He’s had four games so far with at least seven assists. His ability to draw defenders in and then kick out to other players is a big reason why Paul and Chris and other guys are getting great looks at the basket. Our veteran presence and leadership on this team has been phenomenal.”

 

Birmingham-Southern is in the driver’s seat entering Big South play. Based off of the first 10 games of the season it appears that the Big South Championship will run through the Magic City. The next 16 games on the Panthers’ schedule may not feature many marquee opponents, but the games will be immensely important to BSC and its quest to return to the NCAA Tournament.

 

“We’ve done a great job to get to where are right now at 8-2. But the reality is that, for the most part, none of that matters. Right now there are 12 teams in the Big South Conference that are 0-0. It’s a brand new season. We need to attack these next 16 games like we did the first 10 and we’ll be in pretty good shape. Everyone has a blank slate right now and we just need to do our jobs one game at a time.”

 

The Panthers will open Big South play Thursday night at home against Liberty (6-4). Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.

 

 

 

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULE

at Troy                                    W        78-61

at Arkansas State                  W        80-69

No. 5 Seton Hall                     L          60-74

at Auburn                              W        51-47

at Georgia State                     W        88-50

UAB                                         W        76-57

No. 9 Texas A&M                   L          50-65

Montana                                 W        75-64

at West Virginia                     W        80-71

Samford                                 W        89-56

 

 

BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN STATS (BIG SOUTH RANKING)

POINTS

William Big                 Sr.        PF        16 (1st)

Paul Cheatham          Sr.        SG        13.8 (2nd)

Chris Matthews         Sr.        SG        10.8 (13th)

 

REBOUNDS

William Big                 Sr.        PF        8 (3rd)

Shawn Beauvais        Fr.        C          5 (T-20th)

 

ASSISTS

Jared Lobdell             Jr.        PG       5.2 (1st)

Donald Bowen           So.       PG       2.4 (17th)

Richard Kanagy         Jr.        PG       2.1 (T-20th)

Elbert Estrella           Sr.        SF        2.1 (T-20th)

 

BLOCKS

Shawn Beauvais        Fr.        C          1 (T-8th)

William Wright          Sr.        C          0.9 (T-10th)

William Big                 Sr.        PF        0.8 (T-13th)

 

STEALS

Chris Matthews         Sr.        SG        1.5 (T-5th)

William Big                 Sr.        PF        1.2 (T-11th)

Jared Lobdell             Jr.        PG       1.1 (T-20th)

 

FG %

William Big                 Sr.        PF        59.8% (1st)

Chris Matthews         Sr.        SG        51.4% (7th)

Paul Cheatham          Sr.        SG        47.7% (14th)

 

FG3 %

Paul Cheatham          Sr.        SG        46.4% (3rd)

Chris Matthews         Sr.        SG        45.2% (4th)

 

FT %

Paul Cheatham          Sr.        SG        88.9% (2nd)

Jared Lobdell             Jr.        PG       76.9% (11th)

William Big                 Sr.        PF        60.5% (23rd)

 

BIG SOUTH STANDINGS

EAST

Charleston Southern              6-4

VMI                                         6-4

Radford                                  5-5

Liberty                                    4-6

Winthrop                               4-6

Coastal Carolina                    3-7

 

WEST

Birmingham-Southern         8-2

Mississippi Valley State        4-6

UNC-Asheville                        3-7

Alabama A&M                        3-7

Alabama State                       3-7

High Point                              0-10

 






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