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Men’s Basketball @ Toledo Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (0-6):
C- Robbie Jackson (9.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, .509FG%)
G- Adrian Satchell (5.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .517 FG%)
G- Chauncey Gilliam (13.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 spg)
G- Matt Spadafora (7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 spg)
G- Chris De La Rosa (6.3 ppg, 6.5 apg, 3.2 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F- Jake Wasco (0.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.5 bpg)
G- Shawn grant (12.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .509 FG%)
G- Nick Groce (2.3 ppg, 1.8 apg, .217 FG%)
G- Brian Neller (3.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .250 3-pt%)
G- Bakari Smith (1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .250 FG%)

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Women’s Basketball vs. Navy Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (3-2):
C- Topé Obajolu (5.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .500 FG%)
F- Erin Brown (11.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 spg)
G- Carlee Cassidy (13.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (19.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.0 apg)
G- Katie Brooks (7.0 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.0 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F- Chrissy Robinson (2.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.000 FG%)
F- Kim Browning (0.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.3 bpg)
G- Chelsea Barker (3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.3 apg)
G- Michele Brokans (0.8 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.4 rpg)

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Men’s Basketball @ Towson Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (0-5):
C- Robbie Jackson (10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg)
G- Adrian Satchell (4.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 bpg)
G- Matt Spadafora (8.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, .357 FG%)
G- Chauncey Gilliam (14.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, .418 FG%)
G- Chris De La Rosa (5.6 ppg, 6.4 apg, 2.8 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F- Jake Wasco (0.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg)
G- Shawn Grant (9.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, .429 FG%)
G- Nick Groce (2.4 ppg, 1.2 apg, .263 FG%)
G- Brian Neller (3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1 three per game)
G- Bakari Smith (1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .250 FG%)

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Women’s Basketball @ Bucknell Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (2-2):
C- Topé Obajolu (5.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, .526 FG%)
F- Meghan Colabella (11.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg)
G- Carlee Cassidy (13.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (17.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.5 apg)
G- Katie Brooks (5.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 apg)

Key Reserves:
C- Chrissy Robinson (2.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 1.000 FG%)
F- Erin Brown (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .525 FG%)
G- Chelsea Barker (3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .333 FG%)
G- Michele Brokans (1.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 3.3 apg)

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Men’s Basketball @ James Madison Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (0-4):
C- Robbie Jackson (9.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .571 FG%)
G- Adrian Satchell (3.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 bpg)
G- Chauncey Gilliam (15.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 spg)
G- Matt Spadafora (7.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 spg)
G- Chris De La Rosa (6.5 ppg, 7.3 apg, 3.3 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F- Jake Wasco (0.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, .500 FT%)
G- Bakari Smith (1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .250 FG%)
G- Shawn Grant (10.5 ppg, 1.3 spg, .484 FG%)
G- Nick Groce (2.5 ppg, 1.0 apg, 0.8 rpg)
G- Brian Neller (3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, .222 3-PT%)

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Men’s Basketball vs. Coppin State Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (0-3):
C- Robbie Jackson (7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .429 FG%)
F- Adrian Satchell (3.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .500 FG5)
G- Chauncey Gilliam (13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg)
G- Matt Spadafora (9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 spg)
G- Chris De La Rosa (4.7 ppg, 6.0 apg, 3.3 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F- Jake Wasco (0.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.7 bpg)
G- Shawn Grant (10.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, .480 FG%)
G- Brian Neller (4.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.7 apg)
G- Nick Groce (3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, .333 FG%)
G- Bakari Smith (1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, .333 FG%)

Coppin State (3-1):
C- Ceslovas Kucinskas (5.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .727 FG%)
F- Brandon Doughty (10.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg)
G- Lenny Young (14.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg)
G- Kareem Brown (11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G- Vince Goldsberry (8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg)

Key Reserves:
C- Sam Coleman (3.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, .278 FG%)
F- Jonathan Landry (7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, .409 FG%)
F- Eddie Hayden (4.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .500 FG%)
G- George Jackson (6.2 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg)
G- Quinston Reggins (1.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8 apg)

It has been 10 years since these two local rivals have met up and this year UMBC is providing another great local basketball game to fans. So far they have played Morgan State and Loyola and still have Towson on their schedule. So they have potential to get some local bragging rights, but right now that is not happening. they are 0-3 and desperate for a win. While Coppin State is 3-1, the three wins are all against none Division I schools. But that does not mean it is a shoe in win for UMBC. While they could break their losing streak with this game, Coppin has one thing that could really kill UMBC a lot of size. While Robbie Jackson is a big presence in the paint, this season his time has been limited by foul trouble and when he’s out teams are just using their size to get by the five guard set on the court for UMBC.

Right now UMBC has to find a groove. Aside from their last game they have played well aside from key parts of the game, which cost them wins. They have a good trio of scorers in Matt Spadafora, Chauncey Gilliam, and Shawn Grant, but they all have to step up and soon if they want to go anywhere.

Spadafora is a fifth year senior and has looked good in stretches, but he has struggled at times. While 9.0 ppg is not horrible by any means, he has to give the Retrievers more offense than that. Again, he’s a fifth year senior and is starting his third year.

Gilliam has played very well for UMBC but has had very bad dry spells. As I’ve been saying for the last year, he has star in the making written all over him but he has yet to take over a game and lead UMBC to a win aside from his 21 point performance last year against Nebraska. But one game does not get rid of the in the making status. He can be great but needs to step up and be more consistent.

Grant however is playing very well for a freshman. His issues are expected to happen with being a freshman, but he does have to cut down on rushed shots. When those three and Chris De La Rosa, who has been playing great, get things together with Jackson staying out of foul trouble, the team can be very dangerous. But until then they will make you pull your hair out.

This is a perfect opportunity to get things together and build, and Randy Monroe will have them ready, they just have to execute.

Women’s Basketball vs. Towson Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (1-2):
C- Topé Obajolu (5.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .571 FG%)
F- Meghan Colabella (10.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, .480 FG%)
G- Carlee Cassidy (13.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (18.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.6 apg)
G- Katie Brooks (6.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.6 apg)

Key Reserves:
F- Erin Brown (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .552 FG%)
F- Chrissy Robinson (3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.000 FG%)
G- Michele Brokans (0.7 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 apg)

Towson (2-1)
F- Kandace Davis (4.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, .545 FG%)
F- Haliena Snowden (4.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 spg)
G- Omara Parker (6.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.6 apg)
G- Simona Petronyte (3.0 ppg, 1.0 apg, .250 FG%)
G- Shanae Baker-Brice (21.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.6 apg)

Key Reserves:
F- Jessica Haywood (7.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .700 FG%)
F- Dovile Miliauskaite (1.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.3 spg)
G- Charmonique Watt (8.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.0 spg)

Last year when these two teams met the Retrievers walked away with a one point win. But that was in the RAC. While it is not a far drive at all, the women’s basketball team still has major problems on the road. Last season they lost by over 20.0 ppg and this season they lost their first road game by 22 points. While Michelle Kurowski is at the cusp of breaking out to that star level, and Carlee Cassidy is already there, the duo has to get things done on the road. It seems that when one has a good night the other struggled and if they both do well the rest of the team struggles. That has to stop and the entire team has to come together to get that much needed road win. So far this year Towson lost a game to Big East powerhouse West Virginia, but have solid home wins against Winthrop and North Carolina A&T since.

If UMBC wants to even their record this is a good opportunity. Towson is a decent team but not a team they are outmatched by in any stretch of the imagination. But they have to learn to win on the road and again, this is a good chance to get one.