Preview: Cal State Bakersfield
A loaded backcourt will give the Roadrunners a chance to win new-look WAC
2012-13: 14-16 (Independent)
In-conference offense: N/A
In-conference defense: N/A
Cal State Bakersfield will rely on a cast of experienced returning players and junior college newcomers during 2013-14, its seventh season as a Division I program and first as a member of a conference. Despite coming from the hinterlands of conference independence, the Roadrunners appear to be built to at least compete in the new-look WAC, thanks to an exceptionally deep backcourt and the return of versatile guard Javonte Maynor. Under the stewardship of third-year head coach Rod Barnes, the Roadrunners will look to continue their disruptive defense (No. 66 nationally in 2012-13 in turnovers forced per possession) without the services of steals leader Stephon Carter.
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