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Season Preview: Northeastern Huskies

October 7, 2011

Jonathan Lee

2010-11 Record: 11-20 (6-12, 10th in CAA)

What happened last season: Senior guard Chaisson Allen made the CAA First Team, but was the first player in conference history to be represented from a school that finished 10th or below. His surrounding pups were just too young, and coach Bill Coen’s team failed to notch a third straight winning season.

What’s Changed: Allen is now playing ball a few miles east of Boston in Israel, while the rest of Northeastern’s starting lineup – as well as former starter Alwayne Bigby, who missed most of last season with a broken foot – is back.

Key Team Stat: (26.3) Rebounds per game last year, which ranked dead-last in the CAA and 333rd nationally. The team’s leading rebounder was the 6-foot-4 Allen, who grabbed 6.0 per game, while young centers Ryan Pierson and Dinko Marshavelski combined for just 5.1 boards a night.

Key Player Stat: (10.9) Jump in points per game from Jonathan Lee’s freshman season to his sophomore one last year – the biggest increase of any league player. The second biggest increase? Fellow Huskies guard Joel Smith, who increased his average from 1.9 to 12.2.

Who’s Vince: Lee averaged 15.8 points per game when he played 30-plus minutes last season. Playing time shouldn’t be a problem this year for Lee, whom the Huskies hope can be Chaisson-lite. Lee takes quality shots, creates for his teammates and can shoot the 3-ball if asked (he made 47.2 percent of his 72 tries). He’s just 6-foot-2, but well-built and able to get to the rim.

Who’s E: Smith is the team’s leading returning scorer, and he’s become quite a dependable outside threat. He attempted 180 3-poitners, compared to 102 2-pointers last season, and hit the treys at a 42.8 percent clip. The 6-foot-4 swingman scored nine or more points in the Huskies’ last 16 games, and hit 15  or more nine times in that span.

Entourage: Pierson showed some range as for a guy who stands 6-10 and he should be more of a factor in the offense this year. Kashief Edwards, a 6-5 transfer forward who averaged 12.4 points at Niagara last year, will be eligible immediately. Bigby, a 6-5 wing, was one of the league’s top defenders before his injury. Forward Kauri Black started for the Huskies and averaged 6.7 ppg.

Realistic Goal: The Huskies show huge improvement after getting their paws wet last year, and they surprise the league as a frisky, above-.500 team.

Tournament chances: Very slim.

DN-R Prediction: 9th in CAA

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Reggie Lewis permalink
    October 7, 2011 3:44 pm

    Dinko Marshavelski is out for the season. NU added Niagara transfer Kashief Edwards from Niagara (5th Year Senior). 6’5 forward who averaged 12/8. If Bigby’s 6’5, I’m Tom Yeager.

  2. Mark Selig permalink*
    October 7, 2011 3:51 pm

    Thanks Reg, so noted.

  3. JJB permalink
    October 13, 2011 4:42 pm

    Also I’d note that Freshman Quincy Ford, and Reggie Spencer will have some impact on this season considering Dinko is out…

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