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2014-2015 Season Preview: Murray State, Belmont, Morehead State headline Ohio Valley

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Murray States Cameron Payne (AP Photo)

Beginning on October 3rd and running up until November 14th, the first day of the season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2014-2015 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package.

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The Ohio Valley is one of the few conferences that is still broken up into divisions, and the most interesting of the two divisional races this season will be in the east.

Belmont has been one of the best mid-major programs in the country under head coach Rick Byrd. In the last nine years, the Bruins have won seven regular season titles and six conference tournament titles despite playing in two different leagues. Byrd has done it by building a program that slowly-but-surely develops the guys on the team into stars at this level, which is why he should feel complete confidence in Craig Bradshaw filling in for J.J. Mann.

Belmont guard Craig Bradshaw (Getty Images)

Belmont’s issue will be in the front court, where they have to replace both starters — as well as “Big Chad” Lang — which is part of the reason why I think that Morehead State will win the East Division. Sean Woods returns four starters from last year’s 20-win team, including his entire back court. It’s headlined by Angelo Warner, a 6-foot-2 senior that averaged 17.5 points a season ago, numbers that could bump up this season if he shoots better than 32.6% from three. With a handful of Division I transfers and a number of JuCo imports joining the ranks this season, Woods will have the depth, particularly in his back court, to make Morehead’s full-court press quite lethal.

While those two programs battle it out supremacy in the East, Murray State looks like they are clearly the team to beat in the West. It starts with Cam Payne, a 6-foot-2 sophomore who came out of nowhere to become one of the best freshman in the country (more on him in a bit). He’s not alone, however, as Steve Prohm returns four starters, including workhorse forward Jarvis Williams, Jeffery Moss and Clemson transfer T.J. Sapp, who should be even better this year after missing the first half of last season. Throw in Utah transfer Justin Seymour, and the Racers should be better than the team that went 13-3 in the league and won the CIT. Remember, they were supposed to be a year away last season.

Eastern Kentucky loses a number of key pieces from last season, including Glenn Cosey, but with Corey Walden and Eric Stutz back, the Colonels should be a factor. Southeast Missouri State will be without Tyler Stone and Lucas Nutt, but they bring back three starters, including Jarekious Bradley, and look like the second-best team in the West. One team to keep an eye on: SIU-Edwardsville. They return four starters and their top six scorers from a team that went 7-9 in the league last year. With five seniors on the roster, if they are going to make a move, this is the year to do it.


Cam Payne played out of position throughout his freshman season, filling a role that was left vacant when Zay Jackson blew out his knee. But it didn’t matter, as the 6-foot-2 Memphis native finished the year averaging 16.8 points, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals while making Racer fans quickly forget about Isaiah Canaan.


  • Jarvis Williams, Murray State, Sr.: The bully inside for the Racers. Williams will play Ed Daniels to Cam Payne’s Isaiah Canaan.
  • Craig Bradshaw, Belmont, Jr.: The next great guard to come through Rick Byrd’s pipeline. Bradshaw averaged 15.7 points as a sophomore.
  • Angelo Warner, Morehead State, Sr.: Warner was the leading scorer for Morehead State a season ago and will be the best player on arguably the league’s most talented team.
  • Jarekious Bradley, SEMO, Sr.: Bradley, a 6-foot-5 forward, was the third-leading scorer in the conference last season at 19.0 points.




1. Morehead State
2. Belmont
3. Eastern Kentucky
4. Tennessee Tech
5. Jacksonville State
6. Tennessee State


1. Murray State
2. Southeast Missouri State
3. SIU Edwardsville
4. Eastern Illinois
5. Austin Peay
6. UT Martin

Two Missouri freshmen suspended after arrest (UPDATED)

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Missouri will be without a pair of freshmen as big man Jakeenan Gant and small forward D’Angelo Allen were arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of third-degree assault, according to the Columbia Police Department. Both freshmen have been suspended by head coach Kim Anderson, according to a statement.

A third man, Michael James Martin, was also arrested as police responded after hearing of an assault at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday at 404 Kenucky Blvd. on the Missouri campus.

A story from Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune said that the three are facing a misdemeanor. Allen and Gant, both 18, were later released after being issued summonses.

“We are aware of the situation involving Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen and have suspended them from team-related activities as we gather more information,” Missouri head coach Kim Anderson said in a statement. “We have high standards for the conduct of our student-athletes and expect much more from them as members of our program.”

According to a police report obtained by the Kansas City Star, the two players and Martin jumped three victims:

Columbia Police were dispatched to Eighth and Elm in reference to a disturbance and found three victims, who had been “walking east on Elm when they were jumped by three to four black males,” according to the police report.

One male victim, 20, reported being hit two or three times as he tried to help a friend, who was on the ground being assaulted by the suspects.

Another male victim, 20, reported that he was assaulted while walking and saw one of the suspects drop his wallet.

The third male victim, 21, also reported being assaulted on the ground.

Sources have told NBCSports that the nature of the altercation is not being portrayed correctly.

Third-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor and people can be charged for attempting to cause or recklessly causing physical injury. Threatening another individual and making them apprehensive about physical injury can also lead to charges.

Those found guilty may face up to one year in jail or a fine up to $1,000 or both.

The 6-foot-8 Gant was regarded as a four-star forward while the 6-foot-6 Allen was a three-star small forward coming out of high school. Both freshmen will now be behind the other first-year players the program brought in and it could affect their playing time early in the year.

Three-star 2014 small forward D’Angelo Allen commits to Missouri

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Kim Anderson is doing just fine in his first week as a Division I head coach.

On Sunday afternoon, the new Missouri head coach secured his first commit, landing Kimball High (Texas) 2014 small forward D’Angelo Allen. The 6-foot-6 recruit had been in Columbia on a visit this weekend.

He pledged to Mizzou over offers from Arkansas, Georgetown, Marquette, Oklahoma, Oregon, Providence and Texas A&M. He is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, and joins an incoming class that includes the No. 52 overall recruit Jakeenan Gant. Four-star guard Namon Wright has reportedly asked out of his National Letter of Intent.

Anderson is making the transition from a successful career at Division II Central Missouri to his alma mater, and so far he has given Mizzou fans plenty of encouraging signs. In a week on the job, he has kept Tim Fuller on staff, and received word that Gant would not ask out of his National Letter of Intent earlier this week.

Mizzou’s incoming class also includes Baylor transfer Deuce Bello and Notre Dame forward Cam Biedscheid, who is eligible after the fall semester.