#SummitMBB 18 in 9 Countdown: IUPUI

#SummitMBB 18 in 9 Countdown: IUPUI

IUPUI JAGUARS


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FAST FACT

IUPUI's new home, the newly-renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, was the original home of the ABA's Indiana Pacers from 1967-74 and the team won three titles during that span.


NOTEWORTHY

  • IUPUI's roster includes seven Division I transfers (at least three will sit out the 2014-15 season), three freshman, two former junior college players and six returnees from last season.
  • The Jaguars return two starting guards – Khufu Najee (9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg) and Marcellus Barksdale (8.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 spg)
  • First-year head coach Jason Gardner is an Indiana native and a former All-America at Arizona.

BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK

Forecast: 9th
Analysis Excerpts: The Jaguars may have won only six games the last couple seasons, but this isn't a program in complete shambles. The move to the Fairgrounds Coliseum helps, and having a coach like [Jason] Gardner come aboard also will lend an air of winning to everything IUPUI does … with the new home, the commitment from administration to winning, and Gardner's experience with successful programs, there is the potential for a renaissance.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the "bible" of preseason preview publications, is now in its 34th printing. To see the complete version of this team preview, as well as 344 other Division I profile, order the 400-page 2014-15 edition at www.blueribbonyearbookonline.com or by calling 877-807-4857.