Brief preview of teams playing in the Global Sports Roundball Classic.
Conference: Great West
Coach: Dave Boots, 23rd season
Probable starting lineup (points, rebounds per game): F Ricardo Andreotti, 6-8, Jr. (5-0, 3.3); G Charlie Westbrook, 6-4, Jr. (13.7, 4.3); G Louie Krogman, 6-1, Jr. (9.3, 3.3); G Kendall Cutler, 6-0, Sr. (6.7, 2.7); G Jake Thomas, 6-3, So. (14.0, 3.3).
About the Coyotes: South Dakota was picked to finish third in the Great West Conference preseason poll of league coaches. The Coyotes won the league’s regular-season and tournament titles last season before losing to Creighton in the first round of the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament. The Great West does not have an automatic NCAA Tournament berth … Jake Thomas sank eight 3-pointers last week, one off his school record, in a win over South Dakota School of Mines. … South Dakota’s two losses have come on the road to Nebraska (76-68) and Marquette (82-69) … Two reserves are Illinois products —senior guard Mitchell Bouie (Chicago Marist) and sophomore forward Conrad Krutwig (Algonquin Jacobs).
Conference: Sun Belt
Coach: Keith Richard, 1st season
Probable starting lineup (points, rebounds per game): F Lawrence Gilbert, 6-7, Sr. (11.3, 7.5); F Tommie Sykes, 6-4, Sr. (11.8, 5.5); F Steven McClellan, 6-7, Fr. (4.8, 5.8); G Fred Brown, 6-2, Jr. (20.0, 3.0); G Hugh Mingo, 6-3, Jr. (8.0, 4.3).
About the Warhawks: Louisiana-Monroe was picked to finish last in the six-team Sun Belt Conference West Division in a preseason poll of league coaches. The Warhawks are coming off a 65-64 loss to Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday … Fred Brown is a transfer from Kansas State who averaged 8.1 points as a sophomore. He played against Illinois State in a 2009 National Invitation Tournament first-round game, scoring two points in 14 minutes as the Wildcats won, 83-79, in overtime … Keith Richard took over as his alma mater’s coach this season. He served as an assistant at Louisiana State the past two seasons and was Louisiana Tech’s head coach from 1998-2007.
Conference: Ohio Valley
Coach: James Green, 3rd season
Probable starting lineup (points, rebounds per game): F Stephen Hall, 6-6, Jr. (9.8, 5.0); F Sean Thurston, 6-7, Sr. (2.8, 3.5); G Dominique Shellman, 6-1, Jr. (3.7, 1.3); G Nick Murphy, 6-4, Sr. (18.3, 7.0); G Jeremy Bynum, 6-3, Sr. (9.3, 3.8).
About the Gamecocks: Jacksonville State, located in Jacksonville, Ala., was picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Ohio Valley Conference in a preseason poll of league coaches and sports information directors. The Gamecocks won their opener over Division II West Alabama before dropping three straight, including a 74-66 home defeat to Southeastern Louisiana on Monday … Nick Murphy needs 45 points to become the school’s leading scorer since moving to the Division I ranks in 1995. He also is four rebounds shy of the school’s Division I career record … Jeremy Bynum holds the school’s Division I career mark for 3-pointers (175) and bagged a school-record nine treys in a game last season against Norfolk State.