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The real beginning of the Crean era: Northwestern State.

Northwestern State Demons
Current record: 0-0
Current RPI: n/a
Current Sagarin:n/a
Current Pomeroy:
2007-08 record: 12-17
2007-08 RPI: 191
2007-08 Sagarin: 237
2007-08 Pomeroy: 258
Series: first meeting
TV: 7 pm tonight, BTN
I'm under the weather and so I won't give this preview the full workup that I would like, but IU should be ready to run tonight. Northwestern State ranked #8 in Division I with 74.9 possessions per game. The Demons also have a Big Ten scalp in their recent history: they upset Iowa in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Coach Mike McConathy is in his tenth season there. Still, NSU has fallen back to the pack in the last two years. As for the current roster, I'll lift directly from NSU's official preview:
Back from last year’s team is 51 percent of the scoring (1,234 of 2,437 points) and 40 percent of the rebounding (484 of 1,218 rebounds). Seven players on this season’s team started at least once last year with a total of 71 starting assignments. The returning starters are guards [Keithan] Hancock and Michael McConathy. There is not a player on the team who has averaged scoring in double figures for an entire season. Hancock did score 10.2 per game in Southland Conference play last season. However, there are eight players who scored in double figures at least once last year, and who combined to post 42 double-figure games.