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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
COACH AND PROGRAM
Jacksonville State coach Mike LaPlante made the most with what he had in 2005-06.
His team produced the biggest turnaround in Division I, winning nine more games than it did in 2004-05 (the Gamecocks went 7-22, 2-14 in the OVC). And after missing the
OVC Tournament the previous year, the Gamecocks went to the tournament semifinals in 2006 before losing to champion Murray State by five points.
It's a different scenario this year.
"We trade experience for talent level," LaPlante said. "I'm really excited with the young group we've got."
LaPlante's strength a year ago was in the backcourt; now, it's the frontcourt.