8B --- The Michigan Daily - ipoff '98 -- Thursday, November 12, 1998
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Who's the premiere college bas-
ketball team in the Metro Detroit
Maybe not. Try Detroit-Mercy.
The Titans are coming off one of
their best seasons ever, which includ-
ed a tie for the Mid-Continent
Conference regular-season title, an
NCAA Tournament berth and an
upset victory over St. Johns in that
And, even though Detroit is losing
four key players from that team, the
Titans look to be better this go-
Guards Jermaine Jackson and
Rashad Phillips, who combined for
22.1 points and 8.1 assists per game
last season, form the MCC's best
backcourt. Jackson is a playmaker, a
favorite to win the conference's play-
er of the year title.
"Our team starts with Jermaine,"
Detroit coach Perry Watson said.
"Hie's really been entrusted with run-
ning the show and getting all of our
players on the same page."
The frontcourt isn't as strong, but
should still be solid. Senior forward
Bacari Alexander gives the Titans an
experienced inside game.
"Bacari gives us a tremendous
presence inside and on the boards,"
Watson said. "And he'll contribute to
us in more ways this year."
But Detroit's best asset just might
be its coach.
"Perry's done an unbelievable job
at Detroit," Michigan coach Brian
Ellerbe said of the former Michigan
assistant. "He's a competitive guy, so
his teams will be competitive.
They're not going to be in awe of
Ellerbe is also a little worried
about the Titans' size.
Not that they're too big, but too
'It causes matchup problems,"
Ellerbe said. "It's hard for big guys
to chase around someone who's 6-
Coach: Perry Watson
1997-98 Record(:12-2 Mid-
Continent Conference, 25-6 overall
Player to watch: lermaine
Jackson won't play second fiddle
to anyone, not even Tito
Returning starters: G
Jackson (6-4, 198/Sr.), F Bacari
Alexander, (6-5, 230/Sr.)
Look Out for: By season's
end, Dick Vitale's former Titans
could be Prime time performers,
The Titans will have to play the
season without one of their top fresh-
man. Terrell Riggs, a 6-6 forward
that many prognosticators picked to
be the MCC freshman of the year,
was declared academically ineligi-
Riggs was rated one of the top 65
players in the country last season by
the Basketball Times and led Detroit
Finney High School to the state
Class A semis.
- .Josh Kleinbauni
Most teams that go to the Final
Four come away with T-shirts, hats
and other memorabilia.
And even though Eastern
Michigan lost in the first round of
last year's NCAA Tournament, the
Eagles still have a pretty impressive
memento from San Antonio.
The hardwood that was used in
last year's Final Four now resides in
the Eagles' brand new basketball
arena, the Convocation Center. In
order to the have floor laid by the
building's opening date in mid-
November, the university had to
order one that was already made.
They decided to get a floor with a
story behind it.
The floor was re-sanded and
painted with the Eagles' colors, and
is now ready for the season.
The same, however, cannot be
said of the Eagles.
Eastern must be hoping that some
of the talent from the floor's previous
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West, 20-10 overall
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guard Avin Howard, the only Eagle
to play more than 15 minutes last
Returning Starters: none
Look out for: A lot of empty
seats at the new Convocation
players will rub off on the team,
because there isn't much optimism
The Eagles lost all five of their
starters, including star point guard
Coach Milt Barnes will be look-
ing to a host of junior college trans-
fers to fill the gap.
And Barnes is refreshingly realis-
tic about his team's slight chances.
"Anytime you lose that much pro-
duction, it's got the potential to be a
- Ant/v Luawk
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'Get back' could hold back Broncos
Last season, Western Michigan
enjoyed one of the most successful sea-
sons in the history of its program.
During the regular season, the Broncos
upset Michigan, UNC-Charlotte and
Eastern Michigan twice, on their way to
the NCAA Tournament.
The fun didn't stop there for the
Broncos, who went on to upend sixth-
seeded Clemson in the first round of the
tournament. In fact, last season was
such a crowning success for the pro-
gram that its athletic department can't
seem to let it go. This year's ticket pro-
motion of "Let's Get Back to The
Dance" might just focus too much on
last year's success, as opposed to this
Which invites the question: Can vou
blame them? After losing seniors Aaron
Toothman, Rashod Johnson, Jason
Kimbrough and Saddi Washington,
Western Michigan's- cupboard is bare.
Washington and Johnson, the Broncos'
top two scorers from last season, will be
missed the most. In the Broncos' upset
of Michigan, Washington poured in 33
points while Johnson added another 20.
While the Broncos still have players
who saw action in last year's tourna-
ment such as forward Shaun Jackson
and guards Kylo Jones and Isaac
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Nevertheless, coach Bob Donewald
feels his recruiting efforts shored up an
otherwise bleak roster for the Broncos.
-Our recruiting tried to touch all of
the bases - replacing the perimeter
people we lost and also trying to estab-
lish an inside game built around natural
inside players," Donewald said.
While the effect of his recruiting
remains to be seen, one thing is certain
for Donewald - getting "Back to The
Dance" is going to be a lot more diffi-
cult than getting there the first time.
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Coach: Bob Donewald
1997-98 Record: 14-4 Mid-
Player to watch: C/F Shaun
Jackson, he's the only starter
Returning starters: senior
guard Jackson, 6-4, 198; senior
forward Bacari Alexander, 6-5, 230
Look out for: As John Elway
showed, never count the Broncos
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