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September 15, 2009

Rivals.com 347 Countdown: Nos. 101-150

MORE: Nos. 151-200 | Nos. 201-250 | Nos. 251-300 | Nos. 301-347

We continue our 1-347 countdown. Today, it's teams ranked 101st through 150th.

We'll rank teams in groups of 50 until we get to the teams in the top 50, which will get full-fledged breakdowns.

101. Charlotte
CONFERENCE: Atlantic 10
BEST PLAYER: G DiJuan Harris
QUICK TAKE: Coach Bobby Lutz almost certainly needs to get a postseason bid to keep his job.
BUZZ: Charlotte was one of the better teams in C-USA, going to five NCAA tournaments in seven seasons. The 49ers haven't been back since 2005. Injuries played a role in Charlotte's 11-20 record last season, its worst since 1985-86. Several new additions in the frontcourt could help Charlotte turn things around. If not, a coaching change might be in order.

102. Oakland
CONFERENCE: Summit
BEST PLAYER: G Johnathon Jones
QUICK TAKE: The Grizzlies look poised to win the league and make the second NCAA appearance in school history.
BUZZ: Can coach Greg Kampe and the Golden Grizzlies turn last season's pain into this season's payoff? Devastating late-season defeats put a sad face on an otherwise terrific season. Shooter Erik Kangas (18.9 ppg) is gone, but powerful wing Derick Nelson (17.3 ppg in 2007-08) is back after taking a medical redshirt. St. John's transfer Larry Wright started 10 games for the Red Storm in 2007-08 and is a career 41 percent shooter from 3-point range. Jones (13.3 ppg, 8.1 apg) leads a loaded team and is our favorite for league player of the year honors.

103. North Texas
CONFERENCE: Sun Belt
BEST PLAYER: F Eric Tramiel
QUICK TAKE: The Mean Green return their top four scorers and add a solid recruiting class.
BUZZ: Tramiel might be the best big man in the league, and UNT shoots the ball well from 3-point range - especially point guard Dominique Johnson. The defense needs to improve, but the talent is on hand for a West Division title.

104. Binghamton
CONFERENCE: America East
BEST PLAYER: G D.J. Rivera
QUICK TAKE: The presence of seniors Rivera and Tiki Mayben make the Bearcats the favorite in America East.
BUZZ: Coach Kevin Broadus has his America East 2009 coach of the year plaque, a contract extension through 2014 and a team that can replicate last season's title run. The Bearcats, routed by Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament, lose only one key member of the playing rotation - forward Reggie Fuller. Rivera (20 ppg) and Mayben (11.5 ppg, 4.7 apg) are the standouts.

105. Saint Mary's
CONFERENCE: West Coast
BEST PLAYER: C Omar Samhan
QUICK TAKE: G Patrick Mills took his talents to the NBA, and the Gaels will greatly miss their floor leader.
BUZZ: After losing out on what many thought was a cinch NCAA bid, the Gaels lost Mills - the league's most dynamic player last season when he was healthy - to the NBA after his sophomore season. Key seniors, including power forward Diamon Simpson, are gone as well. Samhan (14.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg), a 6-11 senior, is back to guide a team that still has good talent.

106. Alabama
CONFERENCE: SEC
BEST PLAYER: F JaMychal Green
QUICK TAKE: New coach Anthony Grant has to roll up his sleeves and bring more talent to Tuscaloosa.
BUZZ: Alabama would love to follow the LSU model of making a surprise run at a league title in its first season with a new coach. The Tide certainly made a popular hire with Grant, who led VCU to two NCAA tournament bids in the past three years. Grant inherits a team that returns four starters and features plenty of potential. The Tide weren't that bad last year; they won five of their last seven games to finish 18-14 after Mark Gottfried's midseason departure.

107. Kent State
CONFERENCE: Mid-American
BEST PLAYER: G Chris Singletary
QUICK TAKE: The Golden Flashes had reeled off 10 consecutive 20-win seasons before "falling" to 19 victories last season.
BUZZ: Kent State has been the MAC's most successful program for the past decade. The Flashes have won 142 regular-season MAC games - 22 more than anyone else - since 1998-99. A senior-dominated roster could help the Flashes get to 20 wins again this season. Kent State's negative rebound margin haunted the Flashes last season. If they can do better on the boards, they have a legitimate shot to win the league title. If not, they could end up in the middle of the pack in the MAC East.

108. Marshall
CONFERENCE: Conference USA
BEST PLAYER: G Damier Pitts
QUICK TAKE: The Thundering Herd have the talent to get to 20 wins and into the postseason - not the NCAA tournament, though.
BUZZ: Coach Donnie Jones enters his third season with a team that holds a lot of intrigue. The Herd lost just one starter, but it was leading scorer Markel Humphrey. But there's a top-notch recruiting class, headed by 6-11 center Hassan Whiteside, the No. 87 prospect in the nation. The Herd were brutal on the perimeter last season, making just 31.7 percent of their 3-pointers and allowing foes to hit 39.8 percent. Whiteside adds another dimension to the team and gives the Herd an inside presence they desperately lacked last season.

109. New Mexico State
CONFERENCE: Western Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Jahmar Young
QUICK TAKE: The Aggies have just one key senior, so next season could be a big one.
BUZZ: New Mexico State will be one of the youngest teams in the WAC, but it won't be short on experience. The Aggies' up-tempo style led to high-scoring games on both ends of the court. The Aggies led the league in scoring (76.3 points per game) while finishing last in scoring defense (74.4). The Aggies will be tested early. Forward Wendell McKines was the only player in the league to average a double-double last season, but he will be ineligible for the first semester.

110. George Mason
CONFERENCE: Colonial
BEST PLAYER: G Cam Long
QUICK TAKE: Three of the top four scorers are gone, but coach Jim Larranaga will find a way to get to 20 wins again.
BUZZ: The Patriots have recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the second time in school history. While three of their top four scorers are gone, leading scorer Long (11.7 ppg) does return. A highly rated recruiting class - including four three-star prospects - should keep the Patriots in the league's upper echelon.

111. Boston U.
CONFERENCE: America East
BEST PLAYER: G/F John Holland
QUICK TAKE: New coach Patrick Chambers, who had been a Villanova assistant, has enough talent to win the league.
BUZZ: Dennis Wolff was fired after 15 seasons as coach at BU, a tenure that saw two trips to the NCAA tournament and three to the NIT. Chambers inherits a contender. The Terriers revolve around three stars in Holland (18.1 ppg), point guard Corey Lowe (17.2 ppg) and big man Jake O'Brien (12.5 ppg). O'Brien was the league's newcomer of the year last season.

112. Arkansas
CONFERENCE: SEC
BEST PLAYER: F Michael Washington
QUICK TAKE: There already are rumblings about third-year coach John Pelphrey and the direction of the program.
BUZZ: Experience could make all the difference for Arkansas this season. The Razorbacks depended heavily on freshmen last season and eventually paid the price. Arkansas followed early season upsets of Texas and Oklahoma by going 2-14 in league play. Arkansas returns all five starters and ought to be far more competitive this season, though the Razorbacks look to be a year away from seriously contending for an NCAA bid.

113. Wyoming
CONFERENCE: Mountain West
BEST PLAYER: F Afam Muojeke
QUICK TAKE: The Cowboys have to replace three of their top four scorers, but sophomore Muojeke is a good building block.
BUZZ: Wyoming reached the College Basketball Invitational last season for its first postseason bid of any kind since 2003, but the rebuilding process now starts all over again. Coach Heath Schroyer has done a nice job in his first two seasons, but all the roster turnover could make it tough for the Cowboys to take the next step in their development by challenging for an NCAA bid.

114. Rhode Island
CONFERENCE: Atlantic 10
BEST PLAYER: G Keith Cothran
QUICK TAKE: The Rams came close to an NCAA bid last season, but they'll gladly take another NIT bid this season.
BUZZ: Rhode Island isn't likely to be as efficient offensively as it was last season, but that won't stop the Rams from running up and down the court. The Rams actually could be even more up-tempo this season. Whether that translates to success is anyone's guess.

115. Miami
CONFERENCE: ACC
BEST PLAYER: F Dwayne Collins
QUICK TAKE: Sharp-shooting guard Jack McClinton is gone, and he took any NCAA tournament hopes with him.
BUZZ: This season could represent the toughest challenge yet for Miami coach Frank Haith. Although Miami went 19-13 and reached the NIT last season, the Hurricanes were expected to reach the NCAA tournament. That won't be the case this season. Miami returns only two starters and must replace McClinton. The Hurricanes could have a tough time matching last season's 7-9 finish in ACC competition.

116. Sam Houston State
CONFERENCE: Southland
BEST PLAYER: G Corey Allmond
QUICK TAKE: The Bearkats have the talent to win the Southland, but they frequently seem to come up short.
BUZZ: It's time for the Bearkats to put things together and win a Southland tournament. First-round upset victims last season, they'll have a team good enough to contend for the title this time. Ashton Mitchell (12.5 ppg, 6.8 apg) and Allmond (15.3 ppg, 43.6 percent 3-point accuracy) make up the best playmaker-shooter combo in the Southland, and Preston Brown scores inside.

117. Saint Joseph's
CONFERENCE: Atlantic 10
BEST PLAYER: F Idris Hilliard
QUICK TAKE: A lot of young guys have to come through if the Hawks are to contend in the Atlantic 10.
BUZZ: Relying heavily on Ahmad Nivins, the league's player of the year, and Tasheed Carr didn't help Saint Joseph's land a postseason berth last season. Many members of this season's team will be learning on the fly. That combination could lead to some growing pains as the Hawks return to a refurbished home arena.

118. Jacksonville
CONFERENCE: Atlantic Sun
BEST PLAYER: G Ben Smith
QUICK TAKE: Coach Cliff Warren has done a great job rebuilding the program, and JU is the conference favorite.
BUZZ: The Dolphins won the regular-season title last season but fell in the league tournament. This season, they should make it back to the NCAAs for the first time since 1986, when current Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith was a JU star. Smith is a nice fit in the fast-paced attack, and forward Lehmon Colbert is the team's best big man. Warren has done a great job in near anonymity; JU won one game in his first season (2005-06).

119. USC
CONFERENCE: Pac-10
BEST PLAYER: G Dwight Lewis
QUICK TAKE: At one time, this had the look of a preseason top-10 team. Now? Hey, at least the football team is excellent.
BUZZ: Kevin O'Neill never has been known for his sunny disposition. That's not likely to change during his first season at USC. The Trojans are in for a difficult season - and this probably won't be the only one - following the departure of coach Tim Floyd, who resigned amid allegations of paying a representative for former player O.J. Mayo. O'Neill will try to rebuild around Lewis, the Trojans' leading scorer last season, and a host of unproven players.

120. Idaho
CONFERENCE: Western Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Mac Hopson
QUICK TAKE: With the top five scorers returning, the Vandals can legitimately hope for a second consecutive postseason bid.
BUZZ: With the nucleus of last season's team returning, Idaho hopes to build on last season's success. The Vandals could have five senior starters this season, led by first-team All-WAC performer Hopson. A recruiting class that includes four transfers and a three-star freshman will provide needed depth.

121. N.C. State
CONFERENCE: ACC
BEST PLAYER: F Tracy Smith
QUICK TAKE: Hear that ticking noise? That's the clock running out on Sidney Lowe's coaching career at his alma mater.
BUZZ: N.C. State enters the season facing more questions than any other team in the ACC. The Wolfpack finished ahead of Virginia and Georgia Tech in the ACC standings last season, but Virginia brings back its nucleus and Tech welcomes one of the nation's top recruiting classes. The Wolfpack don't have nearly as many returning starters as Virginia, nor do they have a freshman class as talented as Tech's. It all adds up to a probable last-place finish.

122. TCU
CONFERENCE: Mountain West
BEST PLAYER: F Zvonko Buljan
QUICK TAKE:: The Horned Frogs might not crack the top half of the MWC standings, but Jim Christian has the program headed in the right direction.
BUZZ: TCU returns three of its top four scorers from last season and also brings in some newcomers who could contribute immediately. TCU isn't yet in the class of a BYU, UNLV or Utah, but the Frogs should be more competitive this season.

123. Massachusetts
CONFERENCE: Atlantic 10
BEST PLAYER: G Ricky Harris
QUICK TAKE: Harris can fill it up, but the Minutemen don't have enough complementary talent.
BUZZ: UMass is going to need a season or two to get back into A-10 title contention. Harris' offense could lead to some upsets this season, but the frontcourt doesn't look as if it will scare anybody.

124. St. John's
CONFERENCE: Big East
BEST PLAYER: F/G Anthony Mason Jr.
QUICK TAKE: Remember when St. John's was contending for Big East titles? Yeah, neither do we.
BUZZ: St. John's went 16-18 in 2008-09 and has had just one winning season in five years under Norm Roberts, who might be in trouble if things don't turn around soon. A quick glance at the Red Storm's roster suggests that good things may be in store. St. John's returns all five starters from last year's squad - and that doesn't include Mason, who learned in August that the NCAA had granted him an extra year of eligibility following an anterior cruciate ligament tear three games into last season.

125. Auburn
CONFERENCE: SEC
BEST PLAYER: G DeWayne Reed
QUICK TAKE: Coach Jeff Lebo did a nice job last season. Can he do the same with a depleted roster this season?
BUZZ: The Tigers went 24-12 last season and reached the NIT for their first postseason bid of any kind in five years. Now the Tigers must prove it wasn't an aberration. Auburn could struggle to match its 2008-09 success while breaking in three new starters. The Tigers may need immediate contributions from freshmen and transfers as they try to cope without Korvotney Barber, Rasheem Barrett and Quantez Robertson.

126. Indiana
CONFERENCE: Big Ten
BEST PLAYER: F Christian Watford
QUICK TAKE: It will be a slow process, but second-year coach Tom Crean has the Hoosiers on the right track.
BUZZ: Only a program of Indiana's stature could parlay the worst season in school history into a top-10 signing class. The Hoosiers were the only Big Ten team to allow more than 70 points per game and they also ranked last in scoring. But Crean signed six players, including three four-star prospects, in the 2009 class; it is the top-ranked class in the Big Ten and the No. 10 class in the nation. Indiana also adds transfer G Jeremiah Rivers, who played in the Final Four as a freshman at Georgetown.

127. Radford
CONFERENCE: Big South
BEST PLAYER: C Artsiom Parakhouski
QUICK TAKE: The Highlanders' talented frontcourt again should be too much for foes in the Big South.
BUZZ: Parakhouski and forward Joey Lynch-Flohr return, and 6-foot-8 Binghamton transfer Lazar Trifunovic is eligible. Trifunovic's presence makes the Highlanders' frontcourt even stronger.

128. Mount St. Mary's
CONFERENCE: Northeast
BEST PLAYER: G Jeremy Goode
QUICK TAKE: The Mountaineers have a solid nucleus returning and should win the conference.
BUZZ: The Mountaineers came up just short of defending their NEC title, falling to Robert Morris in the title game, then capped another strong season with a loss to James Madison in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Coach Milan Brown's team should be back on top this season behind floor leader Goode (14.9 ppg, 4.1 apg) and its Nos. 2-4 scorers. Forward Kelly Beidler (10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg) mans the paint.

129. Nebraska
CONFERENCE: Big 12
BEST PLAYER: G Lance Jeter
QUICK TAKE: As long as the football program is on the right track, no one really cares about Nebraska basketball.
BUZZ: Nebraska enjoyed one of its best seasons ever under Doc Sadler, going 18-13 and finishing eighth in the Big 12. This season, though, could be more of a struggle. Leading scorers Ade Dagunduro and Steve Harley graduated, and point guard Cookie Miller transferred. As a result, Nebraska will have one of the most inexperienced teams in the conference, with eight scholarship players having never suited up for a Division I game.

130. Portland State
CONFERENCE: Big Sky
BEST PLAYER: G Dominic Waters
QUICK TAKE: The Vikings are looking for their third consecutive NCAA bid; former assistant Tyler Geving was promoted to coach.
BUZZ: Ken Bone, the former Lorenzo Romar assistant at Washington and a rising star in the coaching profession, left Portland State for Tony Bennett's old job at Washington State in April. That hurts - as does the departure of star guard Jeremiah Dominguez - but Geving can lead the Vikings to their third consecutive NCAA trip. Three starters and explosive sixth man Waters (11.4 ppg) return.

131. Western Carolina
CONFERENCE: Southern
BEST PLAYER: G Brandon Giles
QUICK TAKE: Five key seniors are back for the Catamounts, who have a solid shot at the conference title.
BUZZ: The Catamounts earned a share of the North Division title last season. With five seniors, led by Giles (13.2 ppg), and SoCon freshman of the year Harouna Mutombo (14.4 ppg) returning, they have an excellent chance to win the division outright this season.

132. Georgia State
CONFERENCE: Colonial
BEST PLAYER: F Rashanti Harris
QUICK TAKE: Rod Barnes, the former Ole Miss coach, has the Panthers moving up the charts in the Colonial.
BUZZ: Barnes pulled off a recruiting coup by signing Harris, a four-star forward who picked Georgia State over Memphis, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. The Panthers also return a solid backcourt in Joe Dukes and Trae Goldston.

133. Miami University
CONFERENCE: Mid-American
BEST PLAYER: G Kenny Hayes
QUICK TAKE: The RedHawks lost four key seniors, and even in the not-so-strong MAC, that's too much to overcome.
BUZZ: Miami was in the thick of things in the MAC East last year and finished just a game out of first place, but the RedHawks could have trouble keeping pace this season. The loss of 2008-09 MAC player of the year Michael Bramos and three other seniors could prove costly. The RedHawks are hoping the return of Hayes helps them withstand the personnel losses. Hayes, an honorable mention All-MAC selection two years ago, missed most of the 2008-09 season with a wrist injury.

134. Iowa
CONFERENCE: Big Ten
BEST PLAYER: G Matt Gatens
QUICK TAKE: Coach Todd Lickliter is finding that it's a lot tougher to win in the Big Ten than it is in the Horizon League.
BUZZ: A lot of roster turnover happened at a bad time for Lickliter, whose team looks certain to miss the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season. This season could offer signs of the overall direction of the program. The Hawkeyes will be carried by two Lickliter recruiting classes; only one player on the roster predates the signing class of 2008. The performance of such a young roster could mean either good news or bad news for Lickliter's future.

135. Morgan State
CONFERENCE: Mid-Eastern Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Reggie Holmes
QUICK TAKE: Another NCAA bid may mean coach Todd Bozeman will get some calls from bigger schools.
BUZZ: As long as Bozeman is on the sideline - he just received a five-year contract extension - the Bears should be tough to beat in the MEAC. Bozeman helped Morgan State earn its first NCAA trip a year ago, resulting in a first-round loss to Oklahoma. The Bears lost key seniors but can make it two NCAA trips in a row behind Holmes (16.8 ppg) and potential-packed sophomore forward Kevin Thompson.

136. Bowling Green
CONFERENCE: Mid-American
BEST PLAYER: C Otis Polk
QUICK TAKE: Coach Louis Orr's team will win with defense. A lack of offense is going to hurt.
BUZZ: Bowling Green must replace the top three scorers from the team that won a share of the MAC East regular-season title last season. The Falcons won with solid outside shooting and exceptional defense. Only time will tell if the Falcons can maintain those strengths with a retooled lineup. The Falcons don't return anyone who scored as much as eight points per game last season.

137. East Carolina
CONFERENCE: Conference USA
BEST PLAYER: G Brock Young
QUICK TAKE: The Pirates have an OK frontcourt, but some perimeter scorers must emerge.
BUZZ: The Pirates lost their two leading scorers, but ECU does have one of the nation's most productive point guards in Young, who was second nationally in assists per game last season at 7.6. The question this season is who's going to be on the receiving end of those assists. ECU lost too much scoring punch to do much damage in C-USA. But the Pirates have the frontcourt talent to become much more of a low-post offensive team this season, which could cause some problems for foes.

138. Morehead State
CONFERENCE: Ohio Valley
BEST PLAYER: C/F Kenneth Faried
QUICK TAKE: Faried is a double-double machine for the Eagles, who are looking for their second NCAA bid in a row.
BUZZ: The Eagles have a nice inside-outside combination in Faried and Gs Demonte Harper and Maze Stallworth. Four starters return from an NCAA tournament team, and the Eagles again will have great board work and play tough defense. Faried is a big-timer, especially as a rebounder, and his presence in the paint means the perimeter players will have ample openings to fire it up from 3-point range.

139. Long Beach State
CONFERENCE: Big West
BEST PLAYER: G Larry Anderson
QUICK TAKE: A good recruiting class joins nine lettermen for the 49ers, who are the Big West favorite.
BUZZ: Dan Monson has brought a mid-major to high prominence before (Gonzaga in the late 1990s), and he might just do the same thing in Long Beach. A recruiting class that would stand up against some Pac-10 teams features three big men who could help immediately. Anderson (10.8 ppg) and T.J. Robinson (11.4 ppg) are the standouts.

140. Stanford
CONFERENCE: Pac-10
BEST PLAYER: F/G Landry Fields
QUICK TAKE: The Cardinal were OK in coach Johnny Dawkins' first season. The second season, though, could be a bad one.
BUZZ: Stanford could be in for a long season. The talent from the 2008 Sweet 16 run has dried up, and it may be tough for Dawkins to find a lineup that can realistically compete in the Pac-10. This season certainly will be a test.

141. Mercer
CONFERENCE: Atlantic Sun
BEST PLAYER: G James Florence
QUICK TAKE: Florence and forward Daniel Emerson have a chance to be the most productive scoring duo in the nation this season.
BUZZ: Four starters return, including Florence (23.2 ppg in league play) and Emerson - who averaged a double-double (13.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg). Will that duo get enough help? The four returning starters are seniors, so there are no excuses.

142. Middle Tennessee
CONFERENCE: Sun Belt
BEST PLAYER: F Desmond Yates
QUICK TAKE: The Blue Raiders need a rebuilt backcourt to play well. If it doesn't, coach Kermit Davis could be gone.
BUZZ: Yates - whose nickname is "Boogie" - is a good one, but a rebuilt backcourt may not hold up, especially in the Sun Belt's East Division.

143. Cleveland State
CONFERENCE: Horizon
BEST PLAYER: G Norris Cole
QUICK TAKE: The Vikings hammered Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season but lost too much to make a return visit.
BUZZ: Yes, the Vikings lose a lot of talent, but it's hard to drop Gary Waters' program any lower than this. Coming off a Horizon title-game win over Butler and an NCAA first-round rout of Wake Forest, Waters has serious momentum. Departed stars J'Nathan Bullock and Cedric Jackson can't be replaced, but Cole (13.3 ppg) is ready to take over as a junior.

144. USF
CONFERENCE: Big East
BEST PLAYER: G Dominique Jones
QUICK TAKE: Maybe one day the Bulls will be a legit contender in the Big East. And maybe one day cows will fly.
BUZZ: It's difficult to imagine USF not making a significant improvement on last season's 9-22 season and 14th-place finish in the Big East. Other than second-leading scorer Jesus Verdejo, the Bulls return every key player from their 2008-09 squad and boast a recruiting class that's easily the best in Stan Heath's three seasons at the school. Plus, talented guard Mike Mercer - who was kicked off the team last season - has been reinstated.

145. Hofstra
CONFERENCE: Colonial
BEST PLAYER: G Charles Jenkins
QUICK TAKE: Jenkins is the main reason the Pride could win 20 games for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
BUZZ: If the Pride are going to win 20 again, Jenkins (19.7 ppg, All-CAA first-team pick) must have another huge season. Jenkins needs help from guard/forward Nathaniel Lester and center Greg Washington.

146. Murray State
CONFERENCE: Ohio Valley
BEST PLAYER: F Danero Thomas
QUICK TAKE: The Racers return their top three scorers and should be Morehead State's main competition in the OVC.
BUZZ: The top three scorers include forwards Ivan Aska and Thomas. Aska did a nice job as a true freshman last season. Murray State must become more efficient offensively after shooting just 31.3 percent from 3-point range. The Racers can be expected to be one of the best, if not the best, defensive teams in the league. But until their outside shooting improves, it's tough to pick them to win the league.

147. Rutgers
CONFERENCE: Big East
BEST PLAYER: G Mike Rosario
QUICK TAKE: Rosario can fill it up. The task for coach Fred Hill is to find more players like Rosario.
BUZZ: The best news for the Scarlet Knights is that things can't get much worse. Rutgers went 2-16 against Big East competition last season while winning just 11 games overall. Granted, a lot of teams would've floundered against the Scarlet Knights' schedule. Hill's squad played all four of the NCAA tournament's No. 1 seeds and became the first school in history to face the country's No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3-ranked teams in the same calendar week. This season, if Rosario continues to improve and some complementary players come through, there's no reason Rutgers can't win 16-18 games.

148. Boise State
CONFERENCE: Western Athletic
BEST PLAYER: G Anthony Thomas
QUICK TAKE: The Broncos started well, then cooled off late. They have a shot at an upper-division finish in the WAC.
BUZZ: Boise State will miss leading scorer and rebounder Mark Sanchez, a second-team all-conference pick after a surprisingly good senior season. With only two newcomers likely to play this season, the Broncos will have to count on secondary players from last season's team to pick up the slack. A big question is whether the Broncos can find the consistency they lacked last season.

149. Oral Roberts
CONFERENCE: Summit
BEST PLAYER: F/C Kevin Ford
QUICK TAKE: The Golden Eagles have a strong frontcourt, but they need to find some guys to score from the perimeter.
BUZZ: After winning three consecutive titles from 2006-08, then falling in overtime to South Dakota State in an opening-round upset last season, the Golden Eagles will try to reclaim the crown behind Ford (9.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and versatile forward Dominique Morrison (9.6 ppg). Star guard Robert Jarvis (17.2 ppg) has moved on, though, so coach Scott Sutton needs perimeter help.

150. Wisconsin-Green Bay
CONFERENCE: Horizon
BEST PLAYER: G Rahmon Fletcher
QUICK TAKE: The Phoenix lost three key seniors off a 22-win team and will slide a bit.
BUZZ: The Phoenix finished 13-5 (second place) in the league and reached a postseason event (the College Basketball Invitational) for the first time in a dozen years. But Tod Kowalczyk is saying goodbye to senior standouts Ryan Tillema, Mike Schachtner and Terry Evans. Guards Fletcher (10.8 ppg) and Troy Cotton (12.6 ppg) are in charge now.



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