Preview: Illinois State Redbirds
Can the Redbirds' offense be as dynamic with all the new players?
2012-13: 18-15 (8-10 in Missouri Valley)
In-conference offense: 1.05 points per possession (T-6th)
In-conference defense: 1.01 points per possession (T-3rd)
Illinois State is coming off a season in which it led the Missouri Valley in points per game and finished third in both points per possession and effective field goal percentage. The biggest debate for '13-14 is whether that dynamic offense will be back in the same form with almost an entirely revamped roster.
Projected starting lineup
Mr. Everything, forward Jackie Carmichael (17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game) graduated. So did guard Tyler Brown (a team-leading 18.1 points a contest) and big man John Wilkins. Zeke Upshaw, Johnny Hill and Jon Ekey transferred, and Bryant Allen was kicked off the team. To fill these voids, Illinois State added nine -- yes you read that correctly -- new players.
Simply put, head coach Dan Muller is starting completely fresh this season.
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