PREVIEW: Gents Basketball Tips Off at Memphis
Thursday, November 11, 2010
ROME REPRESENTS AS ONLY SENIOR
Roman Tubner enters the 2010-11 season as the Gents only senior. The 6-0 guard hails from Montgomery, Alabama and is playing his third season in a Gents uniform after transferring from Marion Military Institute. Tubner is Centenary's top returner after averaging 8.0 points per game and 2.6 rebounds a contest. He appeared in 28 games with 18 starts, averaged 25 minutes a contest. He notched his career-high with 30 points on 9-of-15 from floor and 10-of-13 from free throw line against Southern Utah (Dec. 3). Tubner managed to hit double-figures nine times and 20 points or better three times and went six straight games with double-digit points. He finished the season second-best on team with 66 assists and 41 steals

NEWCOMERS NEARING DEBUT AS GENTS
Centenary will begin the 2010-11 season with 11 newcomers listed on the roster. 10 of the 11 will see action this season. Of those 11 newcomers, nine are freshmen and two are transfers. Walsh and team will look to top newcomers freshmen Quin Cooper, Jonathan Blount, Logan Lowery, Andrew Rebol and sophomore transfer Baba Diallo to see significant minutes from the start.

After being a small, shooting team last season, Centenary brings in height with Rebol and Diallo, each standing at 6-8, while shooters Blount and Cooper will look to provide key points from the outside.

GENTS RETURN SIX FOR NEW SEASON
Centenary returns six players from last year's squad in Tubner, juniors Maxx Nakwaasah and Matt Nichenko, and sophomores Jeron Trotman, Leo Davis, and Travis Sims. Walsh will depend highly on these six Gents to carry this young and thriving team into his debut coaching season.
Other than Tubner, Nakwaasah returns as a key contributor last season, finishing the season averaging 7.2 points per game. He played in all 29 games, making 19 starts and produced two double-doubles and 11 double-figure scoring games.

SCHEDULE SET TO PREPARE
Centenary's schedule covers the likes of several Conference USA schools in Tulane and Memphis, as well as Big East Marquette, Mountain West Wyoming, and SEC LSU.

LEARNING TO LOVE LOUISIANA
Of its 30 scheduled games this season, the Gents will battle for in-state rivalry marks when it plays six Louisiana schools. From Nov. 19-30, a stretch of four games, Centenary will meet Tulane, LSU and Northwestern State twice. Later, the Gents will travel to UL-Monroe and UL-Lafayette. Centenary will only host one Louisiana school in Northwestern State on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 pm in the Gold Dome and will make road trips to the remaining five.

LAST YEAR IN LEAGUE
Centenary will play its last year in The Summit League after announcing its transition to NCAA Division III next season. The College will join the competitive southern conference, the American Southwest Conference in 2011-12. This season features a DI schedule, but next year it will be full DIII.

19 ON ROAD. 11 AT HOME.
The Gents are scheduled to play 19 road games this season and just 11 contests in the Gold Dome. Of the 11, nine are Summit League games. Centenary will open with Arkansas-Monticello on Nov. 17 at 7 pm.

MORE THAN A MONTH AWAY
With an already grueling road schedule, the Gents will see themselves away from home for over a month of play as they are set to play eight games during the time of Nov. 24 with LSU-Dec. 28, including a competitive trip to Marquette and Wyoming during back-to-back games.

WALSH READY FOR FIRST YEAR
Adam Walsh begins his first year as the Centenary men's basketball head coach after serving as an assistant for three years under head coaches Rob Flaska and Greg Gary. While serving as the head coach, Walsh also was named Assistant Athletic Director, working specifically with compliance, game-day management and SAAC. Walsh was a 2000 graduate of High Point University.

WALSH WELCOMES TWO TO STAFF
With the start of Adam Walsh's debut coaching season, he added assistant coach Justin LeBlanc to his staff. LeBlanc is a 2006 graduate of Millsaps College where he played basketball there for four years. Tom Jackson was named volunteer assistant coach under Walsh and LeBlanc.

SCOUTING MEMPHIS
Memphis opened this season with two exhibition wins over Lemoyne-Owen College (106-49) and Christian Brothers (75-49). In both games, the Tigers produced a 50 percent or better shooting percentage from the floor and tallied 93 total rebounds.
The Tigers return only two starters in Will Coleman and Wesley Witherspoon, but add one of the nation's top recruiting classes. In addition to the seven signees, Memphis welcomed University of New Orleans transfer Charles Carmouche, who is eligible to play immediately in 2010-11. In fact, this year's group of eight newcomers is the program's largest to enter a season since the 1972-73 campaign, which was the first year freshmen were eligible to play. That 1972-73 NCAA national runner-up squad, under the direction of then-head coach Gene Bartow, had a total of 10 newcomers with seven freshmen and three junior college transfers.

MEMPHIS LAST YEAR
Memphis finished the 2009-10 season 24-10 last season and 13-3 among Conference USA opponents for a second-place finish. The Tigers were not a part of the final national rankings, but did participate in an NIT game.

CENTENARY-MEMPHIS HISTORY
Centenary and Memphis will meet for the 12th time in history on Friday. These two teams haven't played one another since 1963. The Tigers currently hold a 7-4 edge over the Gents.

MEDIA COVERAGE
The Memphis-Centenary game will be available on www.gotigersgo.com to watch as well as available through Gametracker Live Stats.

NEXT TIME OUT
Following its season opener at Memphis, Centenary will travel to Tennessee-Martin on Monday, Nov. 15 for a 7 pm CT contest in Martin, Tenn.