Here's the 10th and final installment of the series taking an early look at conference teams. Up, now ...
MARIST (0-2, 0-6)
The Red Foxes are well on their way to fulfilling most predictions for a last-place finish. But, that doesn't mean optimism doesn't exist.
Marist looked terrible in losing by a 37-point margin to Hartford, a middle-of-the-pack America East team (at best), but the average of its other five losses is by 9.2 per contest. And, a four-point loss at Rider on Sunday when it was in the game right until the final seconds is a definite sign that things might be getting better.
And, after the first semester, Marist gets an infusion o fhelp with 6-10, 270-pound center Casiem Drummund, a transfer from Villanova; and sophomore point guard R.J. Hall, who is on academic suspension for the first semester.
Until then, the Red Foxes will struggle to score. Not a single player averages double figures. Freshman guard Candon Rusin leads the team, averaging 9.3 points per game, but has 13 turnovers against just four assists.
Insight: When Drummond and Hall begin playing, they'll join Boston College transfer Daye Kaba (9.2 points, 6.6 rebounds thus far), a physical 6-3 guard, to form a nice threesome. It should be enough to make Marist competitive, but it remains to be seen if it will be enough to be better than the predictions for a last-place finish.