Fiery junior guard Randy Burns has perfect point man in senior Fridge Holman, who's running again after a broken foot put him on ice,
Senior guard Jave Meade, the conference leader in assists (6.2 a game) and steals (2.1), heads crusade for fourth straight NCAA bid.
Junior guard Allen Lovett (17.0 points and 7.0 boards a game) is one of 10 returning Tigers looking to repeat as league champs.
Senior center Roy Johnson, who made a great leap upward last season, gives Mavericks a shot at their first conference title.
Junior swingman Devin Green, who led team in scoring (14.9 a game), should be amply assisted by juco transfer point guard Jared Woodley.
Senior guard Kason Mims, who tied for the team scoring lead (13.4 points a game) and led in assists (4.6), should get Bobcats to first NCAA tournament.