Men's Basketball Heads To Alaska This Weekend
Nov. 14, 2006
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Top of the World Classic
THE COACHES: Southeast Missouri is under the direction of new head coach Scott Edgar, an assistant at Tennessee last season, who has served as head coach at Duquesne and Murray State. He has also been an assistant at Tulsa, Arkansas and Alabama-Birmingham. His collegiate head coaching record is 108-96 in eighth season. Drake is coached by Dr. Tom Davis who is 580-351 in his 32nd year as a collegiate head coach. He is 37-51 in three seasons at Drake. His associate head coach is his son, Keno Davis, who served as an assistant at Southeast Missouri from 1998 to 2004.
THE SERIES: This is the first meeting.
ABOUT DRAKE: The Southeast game will be the season opener for the Bulldogs who were 1-1 in exhibition play. Drake averaged over 88 points per game while losing to defending NCAA II champion Winona State 88-86 and beating Truman State 91-59.
TOUGH OPENER: Southeast lost at Arkansas, 92-52, in the season opener. The Hogs, who had five players 6-10 or taller, dominated inside with a 42-30 rebound advantage and 11 blocked shots.
SHOOTING WOES: The Redhawks shot just 29% from the field, 21% from three and 54% from the line in the season opening loss at Arkansas. They had 11 shots blocked.
ROUND TWO OPPONENT: If the Redhawks defeat Drake in the opening round of the Top of the World Classic, they will play the winner of the Utah State vs. Centenary game at 11 p.m. (CST) on Saturday. If they lose to Drake they will play the loser of the Utah State vs. Centenary game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The other teams in the tournament include Alaska-Fairbanks, Weber State, Rhode Island and Troy.
REDHAWKS 2-0 IN EXHIBITIONS: Southeast beat Westminster 88-79 and Kentucky Wesleyan 103-72 to finish the exhibition season 2-0. After the two games, six Redhawks averaged in double figures.
ONLY THREE LETTERWINNERS: The Redhawks return only three letterwinners from last year's team that was 7-20. Terrick Willoughby has been a part-time starter for three seasons. Last year he averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Paul Paradoski has been the starting point guard the past two seasons. He averaged 6.8 points and 4.1 assists per game last season. Tyrell White was a backup player inside last season with action in 19 games. He averaged 1.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
JOHNSON IS HEALTHY: Junior guard David Johnson has fully recovered from hernia surgery that forced him to miss all but three games last season. He averaged 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in the three games before being lost for the remainder of the season after the surgery.
TALENTED TRANSFERS: Two highly touted transfers led Southeast in the two exhibition wins. Brandon Foust, a transfer from Oklahoma, averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the two wins and he had five points in the opening season loss at Arkansas. Michael Rembert, a transfer from Bradley, averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game in exhibition play and had 12 points and four rebounds at Arkansas.
HILL WARMS TO THE TASK: Johnny Hill, who attended Southeast but did not play basketball last season because of NCAA eligibility rules, averaged 11.5 points per game in the two exhibition games. He shot .462 from the floor, .455 from three and a perfect 6-6 from the line. He did not score at Arkansas.
RAYTOWN DUO: Roderick Pearson and JaJuan Maxwell are both from Raytown, Mo. (a suburb of Kansas City), but played at rival high schools. Pearson, a jet quick guard, played at Raytown South while Maxwell, a versatile 6-6 player, played for Raytown High School.
AFTER ALASKA: Southeast will open the home portion of the regular season on Friday, Nov. 24, hosting California-Riverside in the return game from last year's Bracket Buster matchup.