Saturday, October 1, 2016

Keep building: Southern men's, women's basketball teams seeking more as practices arrives for 2016-17 season

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Southern men's basketball coach Roman Banks is starting his sixth year as coach of the Jaguars when the team begins preseason practice Monday, but this will likely be the first, true “Year 2” he has had in Baton Rouge.

Three of Banks’ five years have been spent under NCAA sanctions, with the only exceptions being 2012-13 and 2015-16. It’s no coincidence Southern reached the NCAA tournament both of those years.

Banks thought the 2013-14 season could build on the previous year’s success, but a postseason ban handed down in January of that season negated whatever momentum the Jaguars had built.

As far as Banks can tell, Southern may finally get the season it missed out on.

“Our expectations now are where we were at in 2014,” he said. “(In 2014) we felt like we won and we had all the right guys and were starting to shape up and these guys are talented guys and nothing could happen. Now, we’re back to where we hope we can be in a good shape and be consistent.”


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