Don’t look now, but unless you really hurry you will miss the Southeastern men’s basketball season opener.
Too late. You missed it.
Actually, coach Kelly Green’s club will tip off the 2012-13 campaign at 8 p.m. Friday against the Cougars of Brigham Young University.
Yeah, that Brigham Young University out there in Provo, Utah. It’s an exhibition game and there will be other exhibition games at Texas-San Antonio and Texas-El Paso.
The game will be played in BYU’s 22,700-seat Marriott Center, which is the third-largest on-campus arena in the country behind the Carrier Dome (33,000) at Syracuse and Kentucky’s Rupp Arena (23,000).
The Cougars are members of the West Coast Conference and posted a 26-9 record last season. They return the second-leading scorer, Brandon Davies, a 6-9, 235-pound senior forward from Provo, and the third-leading scorer, Mat Carlino, a 6-2, 175-pound sophomore guard from Scottsdale, Arizona.
Davis averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while dishing out 73 assists. He was a .333 shooter from beyond the arc and hit .662 at the free-throw line.
Carlino scored 12.2 points and led the team with 115 assists on .331 percent 3-point shooting and .759 at the stripe. BYU averaged 77.9 points per game and allowed 67.4 ppg.
The Cougar roster features a pair of 6-11 players that would normally put Southeastern at a huge disadvantage. Not true this year. The Storm has its own 6-11, 6-10 and 6-9. This will be the tallest Southeastern men’s basketball team since the program started in 1909.
BYU’s 15-man roster has two players from beyond the borders in 6-8, 225-pound junior forward Agustin Ambrosina from Cordoba, Argentina, and Raul Delgado, 6-2, 195, junior guard from Chihuahua, Mexico.
SE’s 13-man roster features Veljko Lukic, 6-6, 190, sophomore guard from Belgrade, Serbia; Andris Misters, 6-5, 190, freshman guard from Jelgava, Latvia; Mateus Oliveira, 6-10, 235, junior forward from Limiera, Brazil; Andis Malahovskis, 6-9, 245, freshman forward from Cesis, Latvia; and Daichi Taniguchi, 6-7, 215, junior guard from Nara, Japan.
Stateside Storm: Quinton Threadgill, 5-9, 185, freshman guard from Haworth; Randy Peters, 6-4, 190, junior guard from Mena, Arkansas; James Harris, 5-9, 180, senior guard from Tulsa; Chris Roussell, 6-4, 190, senior guard from Edgard, Louisiana; Travis Timmons, 6-1, 170, junior guard from Tucson, Arizona; Urald King, 6-6, 200, senior forward from West Monroe, Louisiana; Antonio Worthy, 6-11, 310, sophomore center from Montebello, California; and Steven Kohli, 6-7, 235, senior forward from El Paso, Texas.
Green is starting his second year as head coach of the Southeastern men and will be assisted by Chris McGill with Michael Gholston Jr. as graduate assistant and Carliss Robinson and Shawn Phifer as student assistants.
King (11.3) was the second-leading scorer for the Storm in 2011-12 and the leading rebounder with 7.4 per game.
Kohli (9.8 points and 6.3 boards per game), Roussell (8.4, 3.9) and Worthy (5.4, 3.9, team-high 45 blocks) all return for the second year of the Great American Conference.
Worthy was named the inaugural GAC Freshman of the Year.
Last year’s Storm was 12-17 overall and four wins in the last-five games made it 8-8 in the conference and earned a trip to the postseason shootout.
Southeastern lost two one-point and two three-point games a year ago and posted a pair of 2-point victories to go with a 3-three point win.
The men open at home against Dallas Christian in a single game at 7:30 p.m. November 10.
Southeastern’s season opener Friday night at Brigham Young will be carried on Direct TV (374) and Dish (9403).
Coach Green said, “This is a great opportunity for our guys, getting to travel and play a quality team. BYU could well be a Top 25 team.
“Just getting to compete against this kind of top-level opponent will be really helpful to us. I’m sure we will see some good things and some things not so good.
“Playing excellent competition is how you improve. It gives you a chance to see what it takes to get to another level. “Our guys have been working hard every day and we’re getting better every day. We know more about what to expect from our returnees and our players know more about what we as coaches expect from them.
“We’re a little further along than we were at this time last year. Our first three games are exhibitions that should help us tremendously. The only way to improve is to play good competition.
“This is a great opportunity for Southeastern basketball. The game against BYU can be seen all over the country.
“We’re also looking forward to our home opener and inviting all of our fans to come out when we host Dallas Christian on November 10.”
STORM GRIDDERS will be trying to even the season Saturday afternoon at Arkansas-Monticello.
Coach Ray Richards’ club has won the last two, knocking off Northwestern, 31-6, at Alva and stopping Southwestern 26-16 at Paul Laird Field.
A win over the Weevils will boost the season record to 4-4 with games remaining against Harding November 3 in Durant and at East Central November 10 in Ada.
Just for the heck of it, Southeastern is now 3-4 overall and 1-4 in Great American Conference play.
East Central is now 3-5 and 1-4. How sweet it might be.
The latest GAC standings show Henderson State first at 8-0 and 6-0. Harding, Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas are knotted at 6-1 and 4-1.
Arkansas Tech is 5-3 and 3-2, SE and EC follow with Southwestern at 1-6 and 1-5. Arkansas-Monticello is last at 1-7 and 0-6. Northwestern and Southern Nazarene are 1-7 each. Three GAC teams are in the Top 10 of the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 rankings released Monday.
Henderson State is second behind Minesota State-Mankato, both teams at 8-0 across the board. Harding is No. 3 and Ouachita Baptist No. 10.
The Boll Weevils blanked College of Faith 78-0 in the season opener are now working on a 7-game losing streak.
The Storm won its season opener, dropped four with at least three losses due in part to friendly fire and are now trying to make it three in a row.
Southeastern is scoring 27.7points per game to UAM’s 21 and allowing 26.7 points to 37.1 for the Weevils.
Total defense favors the Storm, 326.7 yards per game to 382.1.
SE is the second-best rushing team in the GAC, averaging 246.9 yards per game to 111.9 for UAM.
Southeastern limits opponents to just 128.4 ypg on the ground while the Weevils give up 206.1 yards per game.
Total offense has SE at 427.6 and UAM at 353.
SE’s Jercolby Bradley averages 86.7 yards rushing with Ladarius Abrams at 72.4 and C.J. Kirk at 52.3 ypg.
Bradley is eighth in passing (170.6) and UAM’s Damon Wicker (5-9, 185, senior quarterback from Baton Rouge, La., and Eastern Arizona) seventh at 178.1 ypg through the air.
Bradley averages 257.3 in total offense with UAM’s Damon Wicker at 219.
Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. Saturday at Monticello and Storm fans can follow the action on KLBC.
STORM VOLLEYBALL is hosting East Central at 7 o’clock this evening in the Dig Pink shootout between GAC rivals.
If short spurts counted, coach Jenn King’s young ladies might well be undefeated. The Storm just can’t find a way to sustain a high level throughout the sets.
The latest GAC standings show Harding (21-6 and 10-0) alone at the top with Arkansas Tech (21-7 and 8-2) second, and Southern Arkansas (17-8 and 8-2) in third place.
Southwestern (9-17, 7-3) and East Central (9-18, 6-4) are the other teams with winning GAC records.
Monticello (10-19, 4-6), Ouachita Baptist (7-14, 4-6), Henderson State (5-20, 1-9) and Southeastern 2-23 and 1-9) round out the list.
Southern Nazarene is 8-18 and Northwestern 1-23.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Storm volleyball has partnered with the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma as part of the Dig Pink effort to raise money toward finding a cure.
Tonight is the last game of the Dig Pink effort and fans are urged to attend and participate with a donation for the cause.
You never know. That pink might be tinged with red. This is Southeastern and East Centraal.
Game time is 7 p.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Gym.