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College basketball 2012-2013

Rosters, schedules, key games, key facts for regional college basketball teams.

Original travel agent

Jim McGregor won’t take credit for lighting the long-burning fuse that set off the international boom in college basketball. He dishes that credit to Frank Warren.

Ambassador Lloyd

Tommy Lloyd was a young assistant at Gonzaga when head coach Mark Few asked him to step up his game. Lloyd had played two years professionally in Germany and Australia in the late 1990s and Few wanted him to use his connections to broaden GU’s recruiting horizons. Lloyd had numerous contacts with former coaches and teammates overseas. He enjoyed traveling.

5 Keys

Steady, mature Barone Preseason all-WAC center Kyle Barone was suspended for much of the preseason. He’ll need to be a force in the block.

All-foreign team

Inland NW All-International Division-I team as picked by members of staff of The Spokesman-Review, with consideration given for team impact/representation on four area D-I schools: Robert Sacre, GU

Predictions

1. Gonzaga 2. Saint Mary’s

Q And A

What was the biggest adjustment for you when you came here to play basketball? “To live without family, things like doing laundry and cooking each day.”

Idaho difference makers: Connor Hill and Antwan Scott

Don Verlin isn’t sure if the Vandals will be as balanced offensively as they were last year. But he knows this much: UI needs another steady scorer or two to complement Kyle Barone and Stephen Madison. That’s where Connor Hill and Antwan Scott fit in. The shooting guards with contrasting styles will likely share minutes and the scoring spotlight.

Working class

How long can the ground-breaking streak go on for the Gonzaga women’s basketball team? Not winning a West Coast Conference title, a run that is at eight but still short of the men’s recently-ended run of 11.

Five keys to success for UW men

Play defense This is something the Huskies didn’t do particularly well last year, and one of the reasons why they lost five nonconference games and eventually missed the NCAA tournament despite winning the Pac-12. Senior center Aziz N’Diaye returns as UW’s best defender, but where the Huskies need to improve the most is at the guard position and in transition. With three veteran starters in Abdul Gaddy, Scott Suggs and C.J. Wilcox, those areas could improve.

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