Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Tampa Spartans 2012-13 men's, women's basketball previews

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Men

Coach: Richard Schmidt (576-274, 30th season at UT)

Last season: 6-20 (2-14 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Schmidt finds himself with somewhat of a reclamation project entering his fourth decade at UT. The Spartans, coming off the worst season of the Schmidt era, were picked to finish last in the conference in a poll of SSC coaches and sports information directors. Three starters are back, including former Bloomingdale standout Callum Townsend (8.8 points, 4.4 rebounds per game).

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

 0 Ben Tumas 6-5 F Sr.

 3 Jon Riles 6-1 G So.

 4 Tariq Mackey 6-3 G Jr.

 5 Anthony Griffis 6-5 G Sr.

10 Ryan Kidd 6-3 G Jr.

11 Bastien Motte 6-4 G Fr.

12 Terrell Pritchett 5-10 G So.

15 Da'Markco Foster 6-3 G Jr.

20 Eric Moraes 6-5 G Jr.

22 Stefon Barfield 6-6 F Jr.

23 Austin Rettig 6-5 G Fr.

30 Vincent Cornu 6-7 F Jr.

32 Callum Townsend 6-6 F Sr.

33 Tyler Zacur 6-3 G So.

35 Jason Brown 6-8 F So.

Schedule: Nov. 17 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 4; Nov. 20 — Southeastern, 7; Nov. 23 — Clark Atlanta at Eckerd, 5:30; Nov. 24 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon at Eckerd, 5:30; Nov. 30 — Fort Valley State at Saint Leo, 8:30; Dec. 1 — Armstrong at Saint Leo, 6:30; Dec. 13 — Shaw, 7; Dec. 16 — at Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 6; Dec. 17 — Puerto Rico-Piedras at San Juan, 7; Dec. 19 — Puerto Rico-Mayaguez at San Juan, 7; Dec. 29 — Miles, 4; Dec. 30 — Paine, 4; Jan. 5 — Rollins, 4; Jan. 9 — at Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 12 — at Lynn, 4; Jan. 16 — Saint Leo, 7:30; Jan. 19 — Nova Southeastern, 4; Jan. 23 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 26 — at Barry, 4; Jan. 30 — Florida Tech, 7:30; Feb. 2 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 4; Feb. 6 — at Rollins, 4; Feb. 9 — Lynn, 4; Feb. 13 — Eckerd, 7:30; Feb. 16 — at Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 20 — at Saint Leo, 7:30; Feb. 23 — Barry, 4; Feb. 27 — Florida Southern, 7:30; March 2 — at Florida Tech, 4

Women

Coach: Tom Jessee (206-93, 11th season at UT)

Last season: (11-16, 4-12 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Jessee overhauled his roster in the offseason, adding six incoming freshmen and four transfers (two from junior college, two from Division I). Junior G Illyssa Vivo (12.0 points per game) is back along with frontcourt standout Moriah Hodge (10.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg). Among the newcomers is former Tampa Catholic star Kai Jones, who finished her prep career with 1,300 points and 1,100 rebounds.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

 3 Nina Krstic 5-10 G Fr.

11 Angela Alvarez 5-10 F Fr.

12 Jenny Taptich 5-7 G So.

14 Greta Bartkute 6-3 F Jr.

15 Sadie Oyer 6-1 C Jr.

20 Kai Jones 5-8 G Fr.

22 KeAla Jones 5-9 G Jr.

23 Shamika Williams 5-7 G Jr.

24 Illyssa Vivo 5-8 G Jr.

25 Juliana Cavallaro 5-9 G Fr.

33 Britny Taylor 5-10 F So.

34 Moriah Hodge 6-1 F Sr.

35 Catherine Matthews 6-1 G So.

50 Melissa Levy 5-10 F Fr.

Schedule: Today — Ave Maria, 3; Saturday — Virginia Intermont, 8; Nov. 16 — Lindenwood at Saint Leo, 5:30; Nov. 17 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon at Saint Leo, 5:30; Nov. 23 — Cal State-San Bernardino in San Diego, TBD; Nov. 24 — at UC-San Diego, TBD; Dec. 1 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 2; Dec. 18 — Alabama-Huntsville at Florida Southern, TBD; Dec. 19 — TBA at Florida Southern (tourney), TBD; Jan. 5 — Rollins, 2; Jan. 9 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 12 — at Lynn, 2; Jan. 16 — Saint Leo, 5:30; Jan. 19 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Jan. 23 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 26 — at Barry, 2; Jan. 30 — Florida Tech, 5:30; Feb. 2 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 2; Feb. 6 — at Rollins, 5:30; Feb. 9 — Lynn, 2; Feb. 13 — Eckerd, 5:30; Feb. 16 — at Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 20 — at Saint Leo, 5:30; Feb. 23 — Barry, 2; Feb. 27 — Florida Southern, 5:30; March 2 — at Florida Tech, 2

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

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