Friday, December 5, 2008

Show Me My Opponent-Indiana State Sycamores

Record: 0-5 (0-0)
Last Season: 15-16 (8-10)
Conference: Missouri Valley
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Enrollment: 10,487
Stadium: Hulman Center
Notable Alumni: Tommy John (former MLB pitcher with a surgery named after him today), Larry Bird (probably the greatest white boy to pick up a basketball)

The 0-5 Sycamores of Indiana State, the alma mater of the great Larry Bird, invade Freedom Hall in the first of the three game Marques Maybin Classic. Fortunately for the Cards, who are trying to bounce back from the ugly loss to WKU, the days of Larry Bird are long gone. ISU is off to its worst start since 1993. Off the court issues have plagued the Sycamores, evidenced by their winless record. Harry Marshall cannot play until next semester due to academic issues, and Marico Stinson was kicked off the team. There are seven new players on the roster this year, and they are still trying to find their chemistry. Although the Sycamores are 0-5, their biggest defeat came at the hands of North Texas by eleven points. The Terre Haute Tribune Star reports that coach McKenna has said that there have been instances of players not running called plays and not executing plays called during timeouts.

In my opinion, I think their problems stem from the six freshmen on the roster and the off the court issues. Dwayne Lathan, a transfer from Louisiana Tech, is practicing with the team, but he cannot play for a year due to NCAA transfer rules.

Head Coach: Kevin McKenna
Projected Starters

G Rashad Reed-6'1" Junior 14.4 pts 3.6 rebs. 3.4 assists

F Jay Tunnell-6'8" Senior 11.6pts 6.2 rebs 1 assist

G Aaron Carter-6'4" Sophomore 11.6pts 4.6 rebs. 1.8 assists

F Josh Crawford-6'11" Junior 8.6 pts. 5.2 rebs. 1.4 assists 2.2 blocks

G Carl Richard-6'4" Freshman 8.2 pts. 4.6 rebs.

Key Reserves

G Jordan Printy-6'4" Freshman 3.8 pts.

G Tyler Cutter-6'1" Freshman 3 pts 1.6 rebs. 2.2 assists

F Isiah Martin-6'8" Sophomore 2.8 pts 3.2 rebs.

Prediction: Hopefully, Godfather Pitino will have the Cards playing with a chip on their shoulders after that ugly loss to Western Kentucky last weekend. ISU is very young and from all reports, they are having problems on and off the court. Freedom Hall should be rockin' and the Cardinal birds should be rollin'. U of L 87-ISU 60.

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