Team preview: Monmouth
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
The Hawks will be looking to buck the odds when they take the court this season to defend their NEC Tournament title.
The league has not had a repeat champion since Rider in 1992-93 and 1993-94, but Monmouth believes it has the players to snap that streak
"I think our guys are ready to go," coach Dave Calloway said.
Monmouth got a head start on its title defense with a five-game trip to Spain this summer. However, the Hawks were without their best player, 6-7 senior forward Blake Hamilton, because of an injury. The first-team all-conference Hamilton (16.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg) broke his foot in the spring and Calloway held him out as a precaution.
"We are slowly getting him ready," Calloway said. "We want to make sure he's fully recovered."