2002 NCAA Preview

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The following conference preview is provided by Blue Ribbon. For the nation's most comprehensive look at all Division I teams, be sure to order the 2001-02 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, on sale now at 1-800-775-2518.

Southland Conference
Projected order of finish
1  Texas-San Antonio  7  Lamar 
2  Louisiana-Monroe  8  Sam Houston State 
3  Texas-Arlington  9  Stephen F. Austin 
4  McNeese State  10  Nicholls State 
5  Southwest Texas State  11  Southwestern Louisiana
6  Northwestern State       
All-Conference Team
Pos.  Name  Year  School  PPG 
G   Steven Barber   SR   Texas-Arlington   16.4  
G   Michael Byars-Dawson   SR   Northwestern State   13.2  
F   Devin Brown   SR   Texas-San Antonio   19.9  
F   Brian Lubeck   SR   Louisiana-Monroe   13.7  
C   Wojciech Myrda   JR   Louisiana-Monroe   11.5  
Player of the Year    Devin Brown, SR, Texas-San Antonio
Newcomer of the Year    Jay Oliphant, JR, Sam Houston State

Texas-San Antonio has been the model of consistency in the Southland the last four seasons and actually has the best winning percentage in the league in that span. But the Roadrunners haven't been to the NCAA tournament since 1999. They'd like to return this year, and have the talent to do so. UTSA has decent size and a star player in Devin Brown, who needs just 238 points to become the school's all-time scoring leader. Brown isn't afraid to put the ball in the air, and is clearly the Roadrunner's go-to guy. He'll get help from 6-8 senior McEverett Powers and junior guard Jon Havens. Louisiana-Monroe could make a major move in the SLC standings this year as it takes advantage of its great size. Brian Lubeck, a 6-6 senior, is the star after leading the league in rebounding (9.0 per game) and the team in scoring a year ago. But there's another impact player in 7-2 center Wojciech Myrda, who's already the SCL's all-time leading shot-blocker (363) and has a chance at the NCAA record of 492. Kevin Paige, a 6-7 senior, is a muscle man in the post and was a double-figure scorer a year ago. Texas-Arlington could challenge with four returning starters, including second-team All-SLC guard Steven Barber. Mike Hicks, a transfer from Butler, figures to have an immediate impact.  


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