- - Thursday, November 8, 2012

The 2012-13 NCAA basketball season begins Friday, Nov. 9, and The Washington Times has all you want to know about the local teams. Check out our preview content below.

TWT’s top-40 teams: Find out who tops Patrick Stevens’ preseason leaderboard. (https://wtim.es/QrCuKv)

TWT’s preseason All-America teams: Patrick Stevens fills out the roster for five teams. (https://wtim.es/Q09N7J)


Loyola, VCU among those in new college basketball conferences: Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos finds himself in a position increasingly common among his peers this fall. (https://wtim.es/SU29ep)

Healthy Calvin Thompson hopes to be factor for Howard: Calvin Thompson thought he was fully recovered last year from ACL surgery that cost him nearly all of the 2010-11 season. (https://wtim.es/Z81neA) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/WHeINo)

Navy struggles, but at least it gets the point: While DeChellis plans to play his best available players, freshman Tilman Dunbar might be his optimal option at the point. Yes, he’s young. And yes, he’s a bit small (5-foot-10 and 153 pounds). Considering Navy is coming off a 3-26 season, it might not matter. (https://wtim.es/RBLfQL) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/S1rnDr)

For American’s Stephen Lumpkins, baseball didn’t fit like a glove: Stephen Lumpkins was willing to surrender a lot, and do it quickly, to chase a longtime dream. (https://wtim.es/SoB9Qk) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/Z7Y3QH)

Erick Green a steady influence as Hokies adapt to change: On a midspring afternoon, Erick Green’s last season at Virginia Tech was plunged into doubt. (https://wtim.es/WwGmwG) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/SPy0Me)

Joe Harris rewards Tony Bennett’s faith, assumes role of leader at Virginia: Tony Bennett was only a few months removed from leaving Washington State to take over Virginia’s basketball program in 2009 when he reached out to a recruit he already knew well. (https://wtim.es/UkZEDI) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/SFPd8L)

George Washington’s hot pursuit of Joe McDonald paid off: Before he got on with the business of his senior year in the Landon School’s backcourt, Joe McDonald had something else to occupy his time besides figuring out where he would play point guard at the college level. (https://wtim.es/RL5zh9) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/SPythk)

George Mason’s Paul Hewitt quick to make ‘32-4’ message point: History shows George Mason ended its last basketball season with a 10-point loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the CAA tournament. (https://wtim.es/XmZ3BZ) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/RHY6AL)

Georgetown’s Otto Porter won’t be stealth weapon: The tale surrounding Otto Porter’s arrival at Georgetown seems to have grown more florid with each passing day, to the point where one might believe the Hoyas magically unearthed a rebounding machine from the middle of nowhere and inserted him into the starting lineup of a Big East contender without anyone in the college basketball world knowing what hit them. (https://wtim.es/S1K5KZ) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/S1KahQ)

Nick Faust part of Maryland’s transformation: Nick Faust looks around the Maryland locker room, and there isn’t much familiar from his freshman season. (https://wtim.es/WI1HmP) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/RmP36Y)

SNYDER: Terrapins are right up there with the big boys: Last year, in the first game of Mark Turgeon’s first season at Maryland, he shook hands with counterpart Buzz Peterson of UNC Wilmington. (https://wtim.es/SPOowl)

 Dez Wells’ addition upgrades Maryland into contender: Mark Turgeon summoned swingman Dez Wells on Wednesday morning, news from Indianapolis in hand. Also in the room were the administrators who worked on Wells’ appeal for immediate eligibility. (https://wtim.es/TO1xGR)

Brenda Frese planted seeds for success with Maryland women’s basketball: There were moments, Brenda Frese can concede now, when she wondered just what she’d gotten herself into after she arrived at Maryland in 2002. (https://wtim.es/Uc4CwC) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/Tw6xeO)

New Hoyas women’s coach Keith Brown isn’t a stranger to teaching: Before Keith Brown was coach Brown of the Georgetown women’s basketball program, he was Mr. Brown, a sixth-grade teacher in Prince George’s County. (https://wtim.es/UyzF6b) | Synopsis: (https://wtim.es/WHqWpw)


Atlantic 10 Conference: (https://wtim.es/Sxvwj0)

Atlantic Coast Conference: (https://wtim.es/PHnZ4a)

Big East Conference: (https://wtim.es/TOaY9k)

Colonial Athletic Association: (https://wtim.es/PHoISJ)

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: (https://wtim.es/PHnWoQ)

Patriot League: (https://wtim.es/YSJO34)










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