Local college basketball coaches joined Glenn Clark Radio Nov. 1 to preview the season. Here's what they had to say.
"It's definitely a balanced group. In practice you see somebody stand out, each day it's somebody different. It's not even a natural rotation, it just kind of happens. I think that's the case, you can see it with the guys -- they all feel like they're going to be able to eat from the table. There's no big brother to come in and rescue you like they would do last year sometimes with Tiwian and sometimes with Phil."
- Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman on replacing Tiwian Kendley and Phillip Carr
"You don't just say, 'OK, we're going to throw you in here now and you're gonna fill their shoes.' It's gonna be by committee. We're still in the process of trying to really figure that out. We've got some young guys who I think are good players; they just haven't had the experience yet. So we're gonna have some growing pains early at those two positions for sure."
- Navy coach Ed DeChellis on replacing Shawn Anderson and Bryce Dulin this season
"We just wanted to make sure that everyone that was still here bought into our vision and our plan for the program and try to capitalize on the great success of the past. … We want to tap into that rich tradition, but it is brand new for everyone. We have two points per game coming back from last year's roster."
- Mount St. Mary's coach Dan Engelstad on teaching a new roster about the program's tradition
"Kudos to the previous staff. I like the guys that I inherited. I like the two young freshmen that were already signed with the previous staff. And then we were able to bring in two guys that are going to impact us tremendously. The cupboard isn't bare. At the same time, they did only win nine games last year and these guys weren't the focal point of the team. So I think with them, it's been exciting to see a style of basketball that sort of opens it up for all of them, allows them all to play a different role than what they're used to. They've embraced it and they've enjoyed it, now we got to get out and produce with it."
- Loyola coach Tavaras Hardy on what he inherited coming into his first season
"I think they're quite aware of that. I think that's something that you have to talk about. But at the same time, we don't want to talk about it ad nauseam. … We have to play our best each and every night to have success. We have to do things the way we do them or else we won't have success. I tend to focus more on that than I do bringing up somebody else coming at us because we beat Virginia or had success last season."
- UMBC coach Ryan Odom on how much he's talked to his team about having to go from being the "hunters" to the "hunted"
"I always feel like you just gotta have a system, a formula that gives you a chance. I think for the most part we know we can be beaten, but you gotta play close to 40 minutes usually to beat us. So hopefully that's a formula. And then you gotta have a little bit of luck. You can't be banned. You can't be beat on a buzzer shot. You can't have a guy get shot that's leading you in scoring and rebounding with two games to go. You gotta have a little bit of good fortune sometimes."
- Towson coach Pat Skerry on what it takes for his program to take the next step and win the Colonial Athletic Association
Issue 249: November 2018