Nationally ranked Brandeis basketball teams prepare to tip-off season
Women open against WPI Sunday, while men take on Lasell at home Nov. 17
WALTHAM, Mass.-- For the second time in three years, both the Brandeis University women's and men's basketball teams have earned preseason national rankings by D3hoops.com. The Brandeis women, who fell one win shy of their first-ever Final Four last season, were ranked number nine in the nation, while the Brandeis men, who dropped a second-round NCAA tournament game, check in at number 22.
The Brandeis women's basketball team (20-8, 7-7, fifth in the University Athletic Association in 2008-09) is coached by Carol Simon, entering her twenty-third season on the sidelines. The Judges are coming off a fourth-straight berth in the NCAA Division III tournament, reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Brandeis will hope to continue a season in which they led the UAA in 3-point shooting and were in second in overall field-goal percentage by percentage points.
|Jessica Chapin '10|
The Brandeis women open their season on Nov. 15 at WPI. They make their home debut with the Brandeis Basketball Classic on Nov. 20 against Wentworth Institute of Technology.
The Brandeis men's basketball team (18-9, 10-4, second in the UAA in 2008-09) looks to return to the NCAA tournament for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season under the guidance of head coach Brian Meehan, who is in his seventh season at the helm. The Judges will have to do so without their top two leading scorers from a year ago, as All-American Steve DeLuca, the program's fifth-all-time leading scorer, and Kevin Olson, the nation's top 3-point shooter, have graduated.
| Andre Roberson '10
Senior forward Terrell Hollins of Springfield, Mass., a second-team All-Association selection as a sophomore, is the team's top returning rebounder (5.8 rpg), finishing ninth in the UAA. He also finished tenth in the league in field-goal percentage at 50.3%. Forwards Richard Magee of Burke, Va., a senior, and junior Christian Yemga of Yaounde, Cameroon, also saw time in the starting line-up. The Judges hope that sophomore Vytas Krisus of Kvedarna, Lithuania, who scored in double figures in four UAA contests, can pick up some of the scoring slack that departed with DeLuca and Olson.
The Judges open their season Nov. 17 at home against local rival Lasell College.
You can listen to play-by-play of all home basketball games on WBRS 100.1 FM or on the WBRS Web site.