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November 6, 2007
The Rivals.com 340 at 3:40: No. 171-No. 340
Scarlet Knights haven't been to NCAAs since 1991. And that streak isn't ending anytime soon.
Don't worry about shot-clock violations with the Keydets. They averaged a nation-high 100.9 ppg last season.
173. Florida Atlantic
Junior Carlos Monroe (18.4 ppg, 9.4 rpg) is the Sun Belt's best post player.
174. Southeast Missouri State
Lack of talent is not the problem. The roster includes transfers from Bradley, Colorado and Oklahoma.
Seniors Rodrick Epps, Jermaine Griffin and Larry Posey will carry the Mavericks.
This Big West school used to be an NCAA Tournament threat. But after a 12-19 season, the Tigers have something to prove.
177. North Texas
Guards Calvin Watson and Kendrick Davis, who led the Mean Green to the 2007 NCAA Tournament, are gone.
178. Air Force
Jeff Bzdelik left at the right time. Falcons lose four starters from 26-win squad.
Pirates need more contributions from role players.
If 7-7 junior center Kenny George can become more than just a curiosity the Bulldogs could be the next big thing in the Big South.
Bears (11-18, 6-8) have their two top scorers back to blend with eight newcomers for whom hopes are high.
182. Stephen F. Austin
The Lumberjacks (15-14, 8-8) return their top two scorers ? guard Josh Alexander (13.0 ppg) and center Matt Kingsley (12.6 ppg).
After four consecutive 20-wins seasons, the Panthers must recover from a 20-loss season.
New coach Ritchie McKay will look to a couple of returnees ? Alex McLean (14.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg) inside and Anthony Smith (11.4 ppg) outside.
185. New Mexico
High-profile coach Steve Alford takes over and now will hope to mesh with mercurial leading scorer J.R. Giddens (15.8 ppg).
186. New Orleans
New coach Joe Pasternack can rest easy with Bo McCalebb, the nation's sixth-leading scorer, back to light up the scoreboard.
187. South Florida
Can coach Stan Heath get the basketball Bulls on a similar track as the football program?
188. Western Carolina
The Catamounts have a big-time talent in sophomore Nick Aldridge (18.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg).
189. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Veteran-laden Golden Lions will be much-improved from last season's 12-win campaign.
The Red Foxes lose MAAC Player of the Year Jared Jodan but will plug in some JuCo transfers.
191. Indiana State
The Sycamores won only 13 of 31 games last season, but two of those W's were against in-state rivals Butler and Purdue.
192. Georgia Southern
The Eagles (15-16, 7-11) believe last season can be classified as an uncharacteristic stumble.
193. Southern Utah
Former BYU coach Roger Reid brings three JuCo transfers with him from his previous job at Snow (Utah) College.
194. Western Michigan
Coach Steve Hawkins' team has never been picked higher than third in the West by the media despite the fact he has not had a team finish below second in his four years.
Somebody had to be the lowest-ranked BCS team, and the Wildcats are quite deserving.
Second-year coach Dave Dickerson pushed the Green Wave to a winning record last season (17-13, 9-7) and has five of the top six scorers back.
Stan Joplin did a masterful job with the Rockets (19-13, 14-2) last season, but he loses his three top scorers and rebounders.
Veteran coach Homer Drew and the Crusaders move into the Horizon with four returning starters from a 16-15 team.
199. Central Michigan
The Chippewas improved their win total by nine games, and most of the key ingredients return.
The Jaspers (13-17, 10-8) recently lost senior big man Arturo Dubois (12.2 ppg), who was kicked out of school.
201. Murray State
The Racers progressed nicely during coach Billy Kennedy's first season to finish 16-14, 13-7.
New coach Sydney Johnson has the pedigree: He played for the Tigers, and he spent the last three years as a John Thompson III assistant at Georgetown.
203. North Carolina A&T
This is a dangerous team with seven seniors returning, including two All-MEAC selections.
Despite losing America East Player of the Year Jamar Wilson the Great Danes (23-10, 13-3) have high hopes of being just as good, maybe better.
The Anteaters (15-18, 6-8 in the Big West) have two solid performers up front in seniors Darren Fells and Patrick Sanders.
206. Florida A&M
The Rattlers suffered significant personnel losses after winning the MEAC's NCAA bid, not the least of which is coach Mike Gillespie.
Former Florida assistant Donnie Jones will look to rebuild the Thundering Herd via the transfer route.
The Bears have a bright future behind James Florence, the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection.
209. Utah Valley State
The Wolverines went 22-7 last season as an independent but lose four starters, putting much on returning starter Ryan Toolson.
The Stags (13-19, 10-8 in the MAAC) won 10 of their last 14 and could make waves with four returning starters.
211. Florida International
The Golden Panthers have embraced the "international" part of the school's name with several imports on the roster.
212. McNeese State
Second-year coach Dave Simmons led the Cowboys to a 15-17, 9-7 mark in the Southland Conference and has four starters returning.
213. Santa Clara
Former UCLA assistant Kerry Keating takes over and gets a team that went 21-10, 12-4 in the WCC.
214. San Francisco
The Dons (13-18, 8-6 in the WCC) will look to transfers Dior Lowhorn (Texas Tech) and Hyman Taylor (Virginia Tech).
The Tigers, who won 10 games in the SWAC last season, are moving to a new, on-campus gym.
216. Bowling Green
The Falcons (13-18, 3-13) look solid up front for new coach Louis Orr, who plans to play more uptempo than his predecessor.
217. Kennesaw State
The Owls are transitioning nicely to the Atlantic Sun with two years still to go before they reach full-fledged Division I status.
Coach Vance Walberg's AASAA (attack-attack-skip-attack-attack) offense has a fan in Memphis coach John Calipari.
Four starters return for the Horned Frogs (13-17, 4-12), who will need a push to keep around coach Neil Dougherty.
220. San Jose State
Third-year coach George Nessman is 11-50 in two seasons, so he needs to get things going.
The Purple Aces welcome new coach Marty Simmons, whom you might remember as a former Evansville star.
222. Central Connecticut State
The defending NEC champ Blue Devils (22-12, 16-2) are always a contender, but the loss of NEC Player of the Year Javier Mojica may be too much to overcome.
The Trojans suffer heavy personnel losses and will have to hope an influx of JuCos pays dividends quickly.
Keno Davis takes over as coach from famous father Dr. Tom, but the Bulldogs lose three senior starters.
225. Eastern Michigan
Coach Charlie Ramsey improved by six wins to 13 last season, and there is hope for another bump in the W column.
The Bulls (12-19, 4-12) lose too much power up front to make a move in the MAC East.
How much does a team pay attention that's in its last year in a league? The Bulldogs are leaving the OVC for the SoCon.
228. Maryland-Baltimore County
The Retrievers (12-19, 7-9 in the America East) welcome three transfers who figure to be major contributors.
229. Arkansas State
Dickey Nutt, entering his 13th season in Jonesboro, is just 12 victories from becoming the school's winningest coach.
230. La Salle
The Explorers (10-20, 3-13) stumbled down the stretch, losing nine of the last 10 games and missing the A-10 tournament.
The Dolphins went 12-1 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and their third-place finish in the Atlantic Sun was their best since joining the league in 1998.
The Terriers return three starters and seven other letterwinners from a team that went 10-20, 5-13 in the SoCon.
Assistant coach Brett Reed inherits the controls from Billy Taylor, so the Mountain Hawks can transition smoothly.
234. Mississippi Valley State
SWAC regular-season champ (18-16, 13-5) will be undergoing major renovations with only two of its top seven scorers back.
235. Northern Illinois
New coach Ricardo Patton has some talent to work with, but the Huskies will have to fight to stay out of the MAC West cellar.
Matt Doherty enters his second season with the reins of the Mustangs, who lose their top three scorers.
237. Louisiana Tech
New coach Kerry Rupp inherits a team that went 10-20, 7-9 in the WAC, its worst record in 13 years.
238. Arkansas-Little Rock
The Trojans will try to climb the ladder in the Sun Belt West behind strong guard play.
The Ragin' Cajuns will hope to find some complementary players to surround David Dees and Elijah Milsap.
240. Missouri-Kansas City
The Kangaroos will hop back into the fray with a new coach, former West Virginia assistant Matt Brown.
241. Portland State
Coach Ken Bone has the Vikings firmly in the upper division of the Big Sky, and the pieces are there for a push toward the top.
242. Northern Arizona
The Lumberjacks tied Weber State for the Big Sky regular-season title, but the top three scorers are gone.
The Seahawks (7-22, 4-14 in the Colonial) nosedived to their worst record since their first season in Division I in 1976-77.
244. Loyola Marymount
The Lions (13-18, 5-9) are in major rebuilding mode after losing five of their top six scorers.
The Hawks (13-18, 6-10 in the America East) will need to find some help up front to increase last year's win total.
246. William & Mary
Four starters are back from a team that won 15 games, the most at the school in nine seasons.
The Mastodons got four of their 12 wins against Summit cellar-dwellers Western Illinois and South Dakota State.
First-year coach Jeff Jackson guided the Paladins to a 15-16 mark (8-10 in the SoCon), but he loses several key players.
The Seahawks (11-19, 8-10) appear to be on the upswing with their top four scorers returning.
250. Colorado State
Rams have a new coach (Tim Miles) and an almost entirely new lineup from a team that went 17-13, 6-10 in the Mountain West.
The Huskies started 3-12 last season but finished 13-19, 9-9 in the Colonial, and they welcome a couple of Division I transfers.
252. South Carolina State
The Bulldogs (13-17, 10-8 in the MEAC) have their fourth new coach in the last three years.
Patriot League has never been one to bring in a lot of junior college players, so the four coach Jeff Jones has brought in for the Eagles have turned heads.
254. Coppin State
The Eagles (12-20, 9-9) weren't up to snuff last season, but coach Fang Mitchell has some key players returning.
The Camels, who had their highest win total (14) since 1996, will build around all-conference pick Jonathan Rodriguez (17.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg).
256. Mount St. Mary's
Several key players return from an 11-20, 9-9 team, though two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year Mychal Kearse is gone.
257. Tennessee State
If Bruce Price can return to form after two years of knee injuries the Tigers could improve on 12-20, 8-12 in the OVC.
Kevin Broadus left Georgetown to take over the Bearcats head-coaching job, so maybe he knows something.
259. Norfolk State
The Spartans have an interim head coach, Anthony Evans, after going 11-19, 10-8 in the MEAC.
260. Alabama State
The Hornets (10-20, 8-10 in the SWAC) have two stars around whom to build ? Andrew Hayles and Richard Lott.
Longtime Jim Calhoun assistant Tom Moore takes over a program that has only one returning starter after going 14-15, 11-7 in the NEC.
Maybe new coach Tommy Amaker will be better suited to the Ivy League, and expectations are low for the Crimson (12-16, 5-9).
263. Cal State-Northridge
The Matadors (14-17, 5-9) have some nice pieces (Jonathan Heard, Calvin Chitwood) to mix with nine newcomers.
Jim Whitesell's team posted 21 wins, the Ramblers' best total in more than two decades. However, there are some big personnel losses.
265. Ball State
An offseason of turmoil and a lot of roster questions will make Billy Taylor's first season in the MAC a tough one.
The Spiders made 14 postseason appearance from 1982-2004, but now are on a streak of three consecutive losing seasons.
267. Detroit Mercy
Perry Watson comes off his worst season in 14 years at the school, going 11-19, 6-10 in the Horizon.
Injuries crushed the hopes of the Raiders (10-19, 5-9) last season, who have won only 10 games each of the past two seasons.
The Hatters (11-20, 6-8 in the Atlantic Sun) haven't had a final RPI higher than 255 the past three seasons.
270. Montana State
Eight newcomers means a season of transition for the Bobcats (11-19, 8-8 in the Big Sky).
271. Sacramento State
The Hornets (10-19, 5-11) will look to Loren Leath (12.3 ppg) to lead them.
The Pilots (9-23, 4-14 in the WCC) lost a bunch of scoring from a team that was last in the league in that department (61.2 ppg).
273. Eastern Illinois
The Panthers (10-20, 6-14 in the OVC) welcome back five starters, including league co-freshman of the year Romain Martin (14.8 ppg).
274. Alabama A&M
The Bulldogs were 10-20, 4-14 in the SWAC, but the top eight scorers return - including Mickell Gladness, the nation's leading shot-blocker (6.3).
275. Fairleigh Dickinson
Coach Tom Green enters his 25th season at the helm with solid guards but serious questions in the frontcourt.
Coach Willis Wilson wore black at C-USA Media Day to lament the loss of C-USA leading scorer Morris Almond (26.4 ppg) to the NBA.
Jarell Brown (16.9 ppg) has the Black Knights thinking about their first winning season since 1985.
278. James Madison
Dukes (7-23, 4-14 in the Colonial) return four starters and add St. Joseph's transfer Abdulai Jalloh, who can flat out score.
The Hawks, after four consecutive top-four finishes in the NEC, dropped to 12-18, 7-11 last season and look shaky up front.
The Jaguars dipped to 10-21, 9-9 in the SWAC after winning 20 the season before.
281. East Carolina
The Pirates (6-24, 1-15 in C-USA) flamed out last season, dumped coach Ricky Stokes and put in assistant Mack McCarthy.
The Leopards (9-21, 3-11 in the Patriot League) only started offering scholarships before last season.
283. Long Beach State
Former Minnesota and Gonzaga coach Dan Monson inherits a roster that loses all five starters and 10 players total.
284. St. Francis (Pa.)
The Red Flash has finished last in the NEC the past two seasons, but the league coaches' preseason vote picks them to tie for sixth.
The Gents (10-21, 3-11 in the Summit) will build around Tyrone Hamilton (15.8 ppg), the league's top returning scorer.
286. St. Bonaventure
Only five scholarship players return, and the Bonnies have a new coach - former Robert Morris head man Mark Schmidt.
287. Charleston Southern
Coach Barclay Radebaugh lost the starting backcourt from a team that went 8-22, 2-12 in the Big South.
288. Stony Brook
The Seawolves (9-20, 4-12 in America East) will pin their hopes on a pair of senior guards.
289. St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Terriers (9-22, 7-11) have some talent returning, but they scored only 63.1 ppg, last in the NEC.
290. Idaho State
The Bengals (13-17, 8-8 in the Big Sky) lose their top three scorers, including all-league pick David Schroeder.
291. Nicholls State
The Colonels went 1-13 out of conference, 7-9 in the cozy confines of the Southland.
Injuries beset the Big Green (9-18, 4-10 in the Ivy League) last season, so with good health they could improve.
Veteran coach Pat Kennedy probably isn't going to enjoy life without Gary Neal (25.3 ppg), one of the nation's top scorers.
294. Texas San-Antonio
With four returning starters the Roadrunners (7-22, 3-13 in Southland) should move up the conference ladder.
295. Georgia State
Teams in the Colonial better get a piece of Rod Barnes' team before the Ole Miss coach turns this program around.
296. Cleveland State
The Vikings (10-21, 3-13 in the Horizon) have had six consecutive losing seasons, with No. 7 on the ? well, you know.
297. Prairie View A&M
SWAC Newcomer of the Year Brian Ezeh has the Panthers (8-22, 6-12) thinking about an upper-division finish.
The Midshipmen (14-16, 4-10 in the Patriot League) will pin much of their hopes on Greg Sprink (16.9 ppg).
299. Southeastern Louisiana
The Lions (16-14, 8-8) were decent last season, but they lose four starters and seven seniors.
Three of top five scorers are gone from low-scoring team as it was (63.4 ppg).
301. Texas Southern
What's old is new again: The Tigers' "new" coach is Robert Moreland, who was fired at Texas Southern six years ago after 26 seasons.
302. Cal State Bakersfield
The move to Division I for a team with 26 consecutive winning seasons at DII will be interesting to watch.
303. Morehead State
Coach Donnie Tyndall had a modicum of success in his return to his alma mater (12-18, 8-12 in the MEAC), but it gets tougher.
304. Youngstown State
The Penguins (14-17, 7-9) broke through with their best season since joining the Horizon in 2000, but the two top scorers are gone.
The Wildcats (9-21, 6-12 in the MEAC) will mix three returning starters with a slew of newcomers.
306. Western Illinois
The Leathernecks (7-23, 3-11 in the Summit League) will count on an experienced backcourt and could move up.
307. Texas Pan-American
Tom Schuberth has the Broncs busting; they doubled their win total last season (to 14) and return four senior starters.
The Bison finished 10th in the MEAC last season but should get significant help from a couple of players returning from injury.
309. Jacksonville State
The Gamecocks went 9-21, 7-13 in the OVC and 2-12 on the road.
The Black Bears lost four senior starters from a team that went 12-18, 7-9 in the America East.
311. Texas State
The Bobcats showed some signs of life last season with nine wins, but still finished 323rd in the RPI.
312. Long Island
The Blackbirds lose three-time All-NEC performer James Williams from a team that went 10-19, 6-12.
The Highlanders went 1-13 on the road last season, and they have 16 road games this season, including Michigan and Georgetown.
314. Chicago State
Both backcourt starters return to give the independent Cougars (9-20), under a new coach, a ray of hope.
315. Alcorn State
The Braves won only one game out of conference last year and don't return a player who averaged in double figures in scoring.
Now a full-fledged member of the Big West, the Aggies went 3-13 against league opponents last season.
The Golden Griffins return only one full-time starter from a team that went 12-19, 6-10 in the MAAC.
318. New Hampshire
The Wildcats (10-20, 6-10 in America East) ranked 317th nationally in scoring last season at 58.7 ppg.
The Phoenix is to the SoCon North as The Citadel (No. 323) is to the SoCon South.
The Pioneers lose four starters from a team that went 4-25, 3-15 in the Sun Belt.
321. Central Arkansas
The Bears (10-20, 4-12 in the Southland Conference) open season Tuesday as sacrificial lamb at Kentucky.
The Skyhawks return just one starter from a team that went 8-23, 5-15 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
323. The Citadel
Graduation losses are heavy for the Bulldogs, and the top of the Southern Conference is stronger than ever.
Blue Hens sunk to 5-26, 3-15 in Colonial but have some hope with F Herb Courtney (18.1 ppg) returning.
325. Eastern Washington
Even with NBA first-round pick Rodney Stuckey this was a middling team in the Big Sky.
Vandals are stuck in WAC cellar and nearly went without a conference win but for a one-point win over Hawaii on a buzzer-beater.
Former Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge has only one senior on roster from team that went 7-24, 1-13 in Big West.
328. Northern Colorado
The Big Sky treated the new kid rudely last season, as the Bears went 4-24, 2-14.
329. North Florida
Ospreys took lumps last season (3-26, 1-17 in Atlantic Sun), but four starters return.
330. South Dakota State
Jackrabbits are a long way from the summit of the Summit after 6-24 season.
331. St. Peter's
Three starters return from team that went 5-25, 3-15 in the MAAC.
332. Savannah State
Top two scorers are gone from 12-18 team, but Horace Broadnax has it headed in right direction.
Will battle with St. Peter's (No. 331) to stay out of the MAAC cellar after going 2-28, 1-17 last year.
334. Florida Gulf Coast
Went 27-6 in final DII season; lost by only 14 at Butler in February.
Top two scorers are gone, but coach Mike Gillian was an assistant to Jim Larranaga, who knows a thing or two about Cinderellas.
Top two scorers gone from team that went 17-11 in final season at DII.
The schedule has some heavyweights, the team does not.
338. New Jersey Institute of Technology
Five wins in its first season in Division I a year ago, not many more this year.
339. Maryland-Eastern Shore
An interim coach inherits a team that went 4-27, 1-17 in the MEAC.
340. N.C. Central
13-15 record in DII last season doesn't bode well for first season at DI.