2012-2013 Season Preview: Virginia Military Institute

Filed under Season Preview on November 7th, 2012
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The 2012-2013 season gets underway for Virginia Military Institute basketball on November 10 in Charleston against Citadel. From that first game, the Keydets will attempt to match last season's run. They will be replacing 58% of last season's minutes with the expected contributions of five incoming freshmen.

The biggest gap for Virginia Military Institute to fill will be from long-range, as the team lost 80.5% of their three-point shooting. That's followed by steals, where they lost another massive 61.9% of last season's numbers.

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Virginia Military Institute finished last season with an overall record of 14-15, placing 6th in the Big South with their 8-10 conference record. In the postseason, the Keydets were runners-up in the Big South tournament, losing to North Carolina-Asheville 80-64 in the finals. Virginia Military Institute lost last year's seniors Ron Burks (31 minutes per game), Keith Gabriel (28 MPG), Michael Sparks (21 MPG), and Wayne Whiting (6 MPG). The Keydets will also go without Quinton Upshur (18 MPG) and Jordan Weethee (14 MPG), who left the team.

Familiar faces for the Keydets are senior Stan Okoye (17.1 points/game), junior Rodney Glasgow (2.8 assists/game), junior D.J. Covington (5.0 points/game), senior Nick Gore (1.2 assists/game), and freshman Jarid Watson (1.5 points/game).

The Keydets recruited freshmen including 6-7 Jarid Watson, 6-3 Gavin Stephenson, 6-4 Dorian Albritton, 6-5 Phillip Anglade, and 6-3 Tim Marshall. Also coming aboard is 6-3 senior Joe Carr. The first Big South game for Virginia Military Institute is at Presbyterian on January 5th.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, Virginia Military Institute has an overall winning percentage of 43.1%. The Keydets have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 53.8%.
  • The Keydets have an average conference finish of 5.0 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 5.9.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 236.0.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is West Virginia (#58).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Longwood (#335).

Tags: Ron Burks, Keith Gabriel, Michael Sparks, Wayne Whiting, Quinton Upshur, Jordan Weethee, Stan Okoye, Rodney Glasgow, D.J. Covington, Nick Gore, Jarid Watson, Gavin Stephenson, Dorian Albritton, Phillip Anglade, Tim Marshall, Joe Carr

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Big South Standings

OverallConf
1 High Point 16-15 12-4
 2VMI 22-13 11-5
2 CCAR 21-13 11-5
4 Radford 22-13 10-6
4 Winthrop 20-13 10-6
4 Gardner-Webb 18-15 10-6
4 UNCA 17-15 10-6
8 CSU 13-18 6-10
8 Campbell 12-20 6-10
10 Liberty 11-21 5-11
11 Longwood 8-24 3-13
12 Presbyterian 6-26 2-14
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2013-2014 Roster

#5 Drew Absher Sr G 5-10 170
#32 Phillip Anglade So F 6-5 210
#3 Brian Brown Jr G 5-11 185
#4 C. Burton Jr G 5-10 170
#15 Trey Chapman Fr F 6-6 205
#24 D.J. Covington Sr F/C 6-9 235
#35 Julian Eleby Fr G 6-3 190
#12 Ot Elmore Fr G 6-3 190
#1 Rodney Glasgow Sr G 5-10 170
#25 Craig Hinton Fr F 6-7 195
#23 Tim Marshall So G 6-3 185
#21 Tyrell Mason Fr G 6-3 190
#22 QJ Peterson Fr G 6-0 170
#34 Jarid Watson Jr C 6-7 215
#40 Jordan Weethee So F 6-6 210