Diamond Head Classic team capsules

December 22, 2013 

AKRON ZIPS

Record: 5-2

Coach: Keith Dambrot (10th season, 215-96)

Player to watch: Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Sr., F, 6-7, 235 (14.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg)

Notable: The Zips have won 27 of their past 32 games, back to last season. … According to the school’s sports information department, the Zips will have traveled 14,995 miles for nonconference games.

BOISE STATE BRONCOS

Record: 8-2

Coach: Leon Rice (fourth season, 64-43)

Player to watch: Anthony Drmic, Jr., G/F, 6-6, 196 (18.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg)

Notable: This is Boise State’s first appearance in a major nonconference tournament since 2000. … The Broncos have scored at least 100 points three times this season, already one shy of tying the school record.

GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS

Record: 5-4

Coach: Paul Hewitt (third season, 50-29)

Player to watch: Sherrod Wright, Sr., G, 6-4, 202 (16.3 ppg, 45.9 FG%)

Notable: The Patriots have struggled to score, averaging 66.3 points per game, 301st in the nation entering the weekend. … During George Mason’s 2006 Final Four run, the Patriots beat North Carolina, Michigan State and Connecticut.

HAWAII WARRIORS

Record: 7-2

Coach: Gib Arnold (fourth season, 59-46)

Player to watch: Christian Stanhardinger, Sr., F, 6-8, 220 (18.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg)

Notable: Hawaii and opening opponent Boise State are each averaging 86.4 points per game. … All five Hawaii starters are averaging at least 10.3 ppg. … Hawaii’s five-game streak is one shy of its best since 2004-05.

IOWA STATE CYCLONES

Record: 8-0

Coach: Fred Hoiberg (fourth season, 70-39)

Player to watch: DeAndre Kane, Sr., G, 6-4, 200 (14.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 5.8 apg)

Notable: The only ranked team in the field, the Cyclones’ 90.9 points and 19.8 assists per game were No. 1 in the nation entering the weekend. … Iowa State’s 8-0 start is the second-best start in school history.

OREGON STATE BEAVERS

Record: 6-2

Coach: Craig Robinson (sixth season, 84-91)

Player to watch: Robert Collier, Sr., F, 6-8, 216 (21.3 ppg, 9.6 rpg)

Notable: Collier, along with junior Roberto Nelson (22.1 ppg) are 1-2 in the Pac-12 in scoring. … The Beavers are shooting 53.7 percent from the field, good for No. 2 nationally entering the weekend.

SAINT MARY’S GAELS

Record: 9-0

Coach: Randy Bennett (13th season, 281-125)

Player to watch: Brad Waldow, Sr., F, (17.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, five turnovers)

Notable: One of 13 unbeaten teams going into Saturday’s games, and one of two in the Diamond Head Classic field (with Iowa State). … Defeated Boise State 82-74 on Dec. 14 and could face the Broncos on Monday.

SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS

Record: 2-5

Coach: Frank Martin (second season, 16-23)

Player to watch: Sindarius Thornwell, Fr., G, 6-5, 206 (13.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

Notable: The Gamecocks have lost five of their past six. … Senior guard Bruce Ellington has started two of the past three games — he had 43 catches for 635 yards and six TDs for the Gamecocks’ football team this season.

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