Coach Chad McDowell lost a ton of talent from last year's team that finished No 2 in the final NAIA poll. He lost the program's best player - Fredericko Payne (left) - and a lot of height in Shadarach Roome and Jeremy Johnston.
The ironic thing? They may be better this year. McDowell got a pair of big transfers in Kyile Byrd and Blake Whittle. Byrd and returning guard Josh Porter are NAIA Player of the Year candidates. To have two PoY candidates on the same team is amazing.
McDowell is confident that his club won't miss a beat from last year's 28-4 team. The question is what did they learn from last year's soul-crushing loss in the first round of the NAIA Tournament?