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Tampa Spartans college basketball season preview 2010-11

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Men

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

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

Notable: The Spartans return three starters from last season's 11-16 squad. That includes preseason Division II Honorable Mention All-America guard Rashad Callaway, who led the conference with 21.1 points per game in 2009-10. The SSC preseason poll projects the Spartans to finish seventh in the nine-team league. UT finished eighth in the SSC last year after posting back-to-back top-four finishes.

ROSTER

No. Player, Ht., Pos., Yr.

3 Rashad Callaway 5-10 G Sr.

4 Tariq Mackey 6-2 G Fr.

10 Dane Rawlins 6-6 G Jr.

12 Pete Byrne 6-0 G Sr.

20 Dylan DeFeo 6-3 G Jr.

21 Fred Woods 6-7 F Sr.

22 Rudy Jean 5-8 G Sr.

23 Jerrel Harris 6-6 F So.

24 Ashton Graham 6-4 G Jr.

25 Glyn Hunter 6-6 F Sr.

30 Ben Tumas 6-4 F Jr.

31 Irving Fayman 6-0 G So.

32 Callum Townsend 6-5 F So.

35 Anthony Griffis 6-4 G Jr.

40 Ted Amendola 6-8 F So.

42 Corey Pelot 6-5 F Jr.

44 Stefon Barfield 6-6 F Fr.

Ryan Kidd 6-3 G Fr.

Fred Lewis 6-5 G Fr.

Eric Moraes 6-5 G Fr.

Alexandros Pitoulis 6-3 G Sr.

Haymond Rankin 6-3 G Jr.

Schedule: Nov. 12 — Fort Valley State at Florida Tech, 5; Nov. 13 — Albany State at Florida Tech, 5; Nov. 16 — Florida Memorial, 7; Nov. 23 — District of Columbia, 7; Nov. 26 — Queens, N.C. at Eckerd, 5:30; Nov. 27 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon at Eckerd, 5:30; Nov. 29 — Southeastern, 7; Dec. 4 — at Barry, 4; Dec. 6 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 7; Dec. 16 — Cincinnati Christian, 7; Dec. 30 — Fontbonne, 7:30; Jan. 2 — Rollins, 4; Jan. 5 — at Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 8 — at Lynn, 2:30; Jan. 12 — Saint Leo, 7:30; Jan. 15 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 4; Jan. 19 — Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 22 — at Nova Southeastern, 4; Jan. 26 — at Florida Tech, 7:30; Jan. 29 — Barry, 7:30; Feb. 2 — at Rollins, 7:30; Feb. 5 — Lynn, 4; Feb. 9 — Eckerd, 7:30; Feb. 16 — at Saint Leo, 7:30; Feb. 19 — Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 23 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Feb. 26 — Florida Tech, 4

Women

Coach: Tom Jessee (344-158, 18th season)

Last season: 26-5 (14-2 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Ranked No. 25 in the nation by the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, the Spartans will look to build on their second straight 26-win season this year. UT returns only five players, two of them starters — Gianna Messina (14.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Taja Green (11.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg) — from last year's regular-season SSC champions. The Spartans received the most first-place votes in the SCC preseason poll but are projected to finish second to Florida Southern.

Roster

No. Player, Ht., Pos., Yr.

2 Catriana Messina, 5-5, G, Sr.

3 Nadia Givens, 5-5, G, So.

4 Shelby Porter, 5-8, G, Fr.

5 Gianna Messina, 5-6, G, Sr.

12 Lindsey Watson, 5-7, G, Fr.

13 Sarah Brennan, 5-11, F, Fr.

14 Greta Bartkute, 6-3, F, Fr.

22 Sarah Wickham, 5-7, G, Jr.

32 Kamari Smith, 5-7, G, So.

33 Erin Knight, 5-9, G, Fr.

35 Monique Johnson, 6-0, F, So.

40 Taja Green, 5-11, F, Sr.

45 Jaleesa Harmon, 6-1, C, Jr.

Schedule: Nov. 15 — Warner, 5:30; Nov. 20 — at Valdosta State, 6; Nov. 26 — Regis at Denver, Colo., 5; Nov. 27 — at Colorado Mines, 3; Dec. 1 — Valdosta State, 5:30; Dec. 4 — at Barry, 2; Dec. 8 — Ave Maria, 5:30; Dec. 18 — Saint Augustine's at Lakeland, 5; Dec. 19 — Indianapolis at Lakeland, noon; Dec. 30 — Fontbonne, 5:30; Jan. 2 — Rollins, 2; Jan. 5 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 8 — at Lynn, noon; Jan. 12 — Saint Leo, 5:30; Jan. 15 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 6; Jan. 19 — Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 22 — at Nova Southeastern, 2; Jan. 26 — at Florida Tech, 5:30; Jan. 29 — Barry, 5:30; Feb. 2 — at Rollins, 5:30; Feb. 5 — Lynn, 2; Feb. 9 — Eckerd, 5:30; Feb. 16 — at Saint Leo, 5:30; Feb. 19 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 23 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Feb. 26 — Florida Tech, 2

Adam Berry, Times staff writer

Tampa

Men

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

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

Notable: The Spartans return three starters from last season's squad. That includes preseason Division II honorable mention All-America guard Rashad Callaway, who led the conference with 21.1 points per game in 2009-10. The SSC preseason poll projects the Spartans to finish seventh in the nine-team league. UT finished eighth in the SSC last year after posting back-to-back top-four finishes.

ROSTER

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

3 Rashad Callaway 5-10 G Sr.

4 Tariq Mackey 6-2 G Fr.

10 Dane Rawlins 6-6 G Jr.

12 Pete Byrne 6-0 G Sr.

20 Dylan DeFeo 6-3 G Jr.

21 Fred Woods 6-7 F Sr.

22 Rudy Jean 5-8 G Sr.

23 Jerrel Harris 6-6 F So.

24 Ashton Graham 6-4 G Jr.

25 Glyn Hunter 6-6 F Sr.

30 Ben Tumas 6-4 F Jr.

31 Irving Fayman 6-0 G So.

32 Callum Townsend 6-5 F So.

35 Anthony Griffis 6-4 G Jr.

40 Ted Amendola 6-8 F So.

42 Corey Pelot 6-5 F Jr.

44 Stefon Barfield 6-6 F Fr.

Ryan Kidd 6-3 G Fr.

Fred Lewis 6-5 G Fr.

Eric Moraes 6-5 G Fr.

Alexandros Pitoulis 6-3 G Sr.

Haymond Rankin 6-3 G Jr.

Schedule: Nov. 12 — Fort Valley State at Florida Tech, 5; Nov. 13 — Albany State at Florida Tech, 5; Nov. 16 — Florida Memorial, 7; Nov. 23 — District of Columbia, 7; Nov. 26 — Queens, N.C. at Eckerd, 5:30; Nov. 27 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon at Eckerd, 5:30; Nov. 29 — Southeastern, 7; Dec. 4 — at Barry, 4; Dec. 6 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 7; Dec. 16 — Cincinnati Christian, 7; Dec. 30 — Fontbonne, 7:30; Jan. 2 — Rollins, 4; Jan. 5 — at Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 8 — at Lynn, 2:30; Jan. 12 — Saint Leo, 7:30; Jan. 15 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 4; Jan. 19 — Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 22 — at Nova Southeastern, 4; Jan. 26 — at Florida Tech, 7:30; Jan. 29 — Barry, 7:30; Feb. 2 — at Rollins, 7:30; Feb. 5 — Lynn, 4; Feb. 9 — Eckerd, 7:30; Feb. 16 — at Saint Leo, 7:30; Feb. 19 — Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 23 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Feb. 26 — Florida Tech, 4

Women

Coach: Tom Jessee (344-158, 18th season)

Last season: 26-5 (14-2 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Ranked No. 25 in the nation by the USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 coaches' poll, the Spartans will look to build on their second straight 26-win season. UT returns only five players, two of them starters — Gianna Messina (14.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Taja Green (11.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg) — from last year's regular-season SSC champions. The Spartans received the most first-place votes in the SCC preseason poll but are projected to finish second to Florida Southern.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

2 Catriana Messina 5-5 G Sr.

3 Nadia Givens 5-5 G So.

4 Shelby Porter 5-8 G Fr.

5 Gianna Messina 5-6 G Sr.

12 Lindsey Watson 5-7 G Fr.

13 Sarah Brennan 5-11 F Fr.

14 Greta Bartkute 6-3 F Fr.

22 Sarah Wickham 5-7 G Jr.

32 Kamari Smith 5-7 G So.

33 Erin Knight 5-9 G Fr.

35 Monique Johnson 6-0 F So.

40 Taja Green 5-11 F Sr.

45 Jaleesa Harmon 6-1 C Jr.

Schedule: Nov. 15 — Warner, 5:30; Nov. 20 — at Valdosta State, 6; Nov. 26 — Regis at Denver, Colo., 5; Nov. 27 — at Colorado Mines, 3; Dec. 1 — Valdosta State, 5:30; Dec. 4 — at Barry, 2; Dec. 8 — Ave Maria, 5:30; Dec. 18 — Saint Augustine's at Lakeland, 5; Dec. 19 — Indianapolis at Lakeland, noon; Dec. 30 — Fontbonne, 5:30; Jan. 2 — Rollins, 2; Jan. 5 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 8 — at Lynn, noon; Jan. 12 — Saint Leo, 5:30; Jan. 15 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 6; Jan. 19 — Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 22 — at Nova Southeastern, 2; Jan. 26 — at Florida Tech, 5:30; Jan. 29 — Barry, 5:30; Feb. 2 — at Rollins, 5:30; Feb. 5 — Lynn, 2; Feb. 9 — Eckerd, 5:30; Feb. 16 — at Saint Leo, 5:30; Feb. 19 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 23 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Feb. 26 — Florida Tech, 2

Adam Berry, Times staff writer

Tampa Spartans college basketball season preview 2010-11 11/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 9:47pm]

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