Scouting report: Mississippi Valley State
Game info: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).
TV: Pac-12 Networks.
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Mike Gastineau and Jason Hamilton).
2012-13 record: 5-23 overall, 5-13 (ninth in SWAC).
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Washington.
Coach: Chico Potts is 8-30 in his second season as head coach of the Delta Devils. The former MVSU assistant was promoted last year when Sean Woods took the job at Morehead State. It’s the first head-coaching job for Potts, a Mississippi native who played at Louisiana State and Delta State. He was the lead assistant at MVSU when the Delta Devils won the SWAC and went to the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Prediction: Picked to finish ninth in the 10-team Southwestern Athletic Conference by the coaches in a preseason poll.
Series: First meeting.
Previous game: Lost 86-64 at Northwestern on Dec. 16.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Anthony McDonald has struggled in the past two games, but he’s scored in double figures in each of the first eight games. The 6-1 junior leads MVSU in scoring (15.3 points per game). McDonald, a first-year starter and junior-college transfer, has notched a season high 26 points. He’s also scored 21 points at Texas A&M and tallied 16 at then-No. 8 Oklahoma State.
—Freshman wing James Currington shows promise. He’s shooting 59.1 percent from the field, which is tops on the team and he leads MVSU with 5.9 rebounds per game. He doesn’t roam on the perimeter offensively and has yet to attempt a three-pointer. Currington notched his first double double (14 points and 13 rebounds) in the previous game at Northwestern. He averages 10.1 points.
— It’s been a turbulent offseason for the Delta Devils. After serving a two week suspension, Mississippi Valley State reinstated Potts in July when he was found not guilty of domestic violence charges. The July 12 suspension stemmed from an arrest and charges from his wife Kimberly earlier that month. Potts was on paid leave.
— Davon Usher, who led the SWAC in scoring last season, transferred to Delaware for his final season of college eligibility. He averaged 18.8 points 6.1 rebounds and shot nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.
— MVSU hasn’t played in 11 days.
— The Delta Devils have the 17th most difficult schedule according to basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy.
— The Delta Devils have beaten just one Division opponent, a 90-89 win over Longwood. They’re 0-7 in road games this season. They also have a 55-game losing streak on the road against non-conference opponents.
— Center Julius Francis is the only starter from last season who remains in the lineup.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
C- Julius Francis, 6-11, 255, Sr., 3.1 ppg., 2.3, rpg., 38.5 FG%
F – James Currington, 6-6, 186, Fr., 10.1, 5.9, 59.1 FG%
G – DeAngelo Priar, 6-3, 182, Jr., 12.6, 3.8, 2.0 apg.
G – Anthony McDonald, 6-1, 180, Jr., 15.3, 2.1, 1.5
G – Jordan Washington, 5-10, 174, Fr., 9.6, 2.2, 2.9