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Tampa Spartans 2011-12 basketball preview

Tampa Men

Coach: Richard Schmidt (570-254, 29th season at UT)

Last season: 22-7 (10-6 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: After posting their fewest losses since the 2001-02 campaign, the Spartans were picked this year to finish eighth out of nine teams in the Sunshine State Conference due to the graduation of their two top scorers, who averaged a combined 34.9 points per game. Tampa does return two starters, junior Callum Townsend and senior Ashton Graham, who averaged 8.7 and 8.4, respectively.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

3 Jon Riles 6-2 G Fr.

4 Tariq Mackey 6-3 G So.

10 Ryan Kidd 6-3 G So.

12 Terrell Pritchett 5-10 G Fr.

20 Eric Moraes 6-5 G/F So.

23 Dylan DeFeo 6-3 G Sr.

24 Ashton Graham 6-4 G Sr.

25 Brian Wright 6-4 G Sr.

30 Ben Tumas 6-5 F Sr.

31 Irving Fayman 5-11 G Jr.

32 Callum Townsend 6-6 F Jr.

34 Osby Kelly 6-3 G Sr.

35 Jason Brown 6-8 F Fr.

40 Ted Amendola 6-8 F Jr.

42 Corey Pelot 6-6 F Sr.

44 Stefon Barfield 6-6 F So.

Schedule: Nov. 14 — Southeastern, 7:30; Nov. 16 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 7:30; Nov. 22 — Florida Memorial 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 25 — Shaw at Eckerd, 5:30; Nov. 26 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon at Eckerd; Nov. 30 — Rollins, 7:30; Dec. 3 — at Lynn, 4; Dec. 17 — Malone at Lakeland, 5:15; Dec. 19 — Chowan, 2; Dec. 29 — Brock, 5; Dec. 30 — Winston-Salem State, 2:30; Jan. 4 — Saint Leo, 7:30; Jan. 7 — at Barry, 4; Jan. 11 — at Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 14 — Nova Southeastern, 4; Jan. 18 — Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 21 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 4; Jan. 25 — at Florida Tech, 7:30; Jan. 28 — Lynn, 7:30; Feb. 1 — at Rollins, 7:30; Feb. 4 — Barry, 4; Feb. 8 — at Saint Leo, 7:30; Feb. 11 — at Nova Souheastern, 4; Feb. 15 — Eckerd, 7:30; Feb. 22 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Feb. 25 — Florida Tech, 4.

Women

Coach: Tom Jessee (195-83, 10th season)

Last season: 21-8 (12-4 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Last year's SSC freshman of the year, Lindsey Watson, is back to lead the Spartans after averaging 13.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in her inaugural season. Senior Jaleesa Harmon is the other returning starter back for Tampa, which was picked to finish second in the Sunshine State Conference. The Spartans trailed first-place Rollins by only five votes.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

2 Surya Gaffney 6-2 C So.

3 Nina Krstic 5-10 G Fr.

4 Shelby Porter 5-8 G So.

11 Ellie Wilbur 5-8 G Fr.

12 Lindsey Watson 5-7 G So.

14 Greta Bartkute 6-3 F So.

20 Latasha Kennerson 5-6 G Fr.

22 Sarah Wickham 5-7 G Sr.

24 Illyssa Vivo 5-8 G So.

32 Kamari Smith 5-7 G Sr.

33 Britny Taylor 5-10 F Fr.

34 Moriah Hodge 6-3 F Jr.

45 Jaleesa Harmon 6-1 C Sr.

Schedule: Nov. 11 — Wisconsin-Parkside, 4; Nov. 12 — Clayton State, 4:30; Nov. 16 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 6; Nov. 22 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 5:30; Nov. 25 — at North Alabama, 6; Nov. 26 — West Georgia at Florence, Ala., 6; Nov. 30 — Rollins, 5:30; Dec. 3 — at Lynn, 2; Dec. 7 — Ave Maria, 5:30; Dec. 10 — Southeastern, 2; Dec. 30 — Grand Valley State, 5:30; Jan. 4 — Saint Leo, 5:30; Jan. 7 — at Barry, 2; Jan. 11 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 14 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Jan. 18 — Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 21 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 2; Jan. 25 — at Florida Tech, 5:30; Jan. 28 — Lynn, 5:30; Feb. 1 — at Rollins, 5:30; Feb. 4 — Barry, 2; Feb. 8 — at Saint Leo, 5:30; Feb. 11 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 15 — Eckerd, 5:30; Feb. 22 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Feb. 25 — Florida Tech, 2.

Laura Keeley, Times staff writer

Tampa Spartans 2011-12 basketball preview 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 6:16pm]
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