College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.
Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.
Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.
Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.
#68 Northern Iowa
Coach: Ben Jacobson (6 seasons at N. Iowa 129-71)
2011-12: Record 20-14 overall, 9-9 in Missouri Valley ( Tie 3rd)
Starters Returning (4) Deon Mitchell, Seth Tuttle, Jake Koch, Marc Sonnen
Preseason Tournament: Battle 4 Atlantis
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Iowa, at UNLV, vs. St. Mary’s
There is ton of excitement for Ben Jacobson and his team for this upcoming season. Why? The Panthers basically return everyone from last year’s team. They return 12 letterman and two redshirts. Maybe the bad news this same core of players only went .500 in the Missouri Valley last season.
Leading the backcourt will be Anthony James (12.5 ppg). He was the only Panther to score average double figures last season. He is also a good rebounder for a guard. Joining him in the backcourt is shooting guard Deon Mitchell (7 ppg). Look for Mitchell to average double figures this season after a strong freshman season. Starting at the third guard spot will be Marc Sonnen (8.6 ppg). He is the team best three point shooter. Matt Morrison (3.4 ppg) is another great shooter of the bench. Also providing depth is Max Matino (.4 ppg) and freshman Matt Bohannon.
Leading the Panthers upfront will be center Jake Koch(8.5 ppg). Yes, he led Northern Iowa in assists last season. He also led that in block shots. Look for him to average in double figures this season. Joining him up front is Seth Tuttle (9.6 ppg). Tuttle led the team in rebounding and shot over 65 % from the field as a freshman. Like the backcourt the Panthers have solid depth here . The two top options off the bench will be Chip Rank(6.1 ppg) and Austin Pehl (2.3 ppg). Also providing depth is Marvin Singleton, Nate Boss, Chris Oliver, and Tyler Lange.