Bowie State

Last Season: 20-8, tied for CIAA East title.

Coach: Luke D'Alessio (fourth season, 46-38).

Key Players: F Stephen Moss-Kelly (13.6 ppg); G Omarr Smith (11.1 ppg); C Tim Washington (19.3 ppg, 8.9 rpg).

Outlook: Bulldogs have four starters back from team that set a school record for wins. They also have transfers from Virginia Tech and Rutgers and two players who started in 2000-01 but were redshirted last season because of injuries. It will be D'Alessio's second season as a full-time coach -- he previously had been a part-time coach and worked full time as a credit manager for a medical supply company.

Catholic

Last Season: 26-3, 13-1 CAC; advanced to NCAA Division III round of 16.

Coach: Mike Lonergan (11th season, 203-77).

Key Players: F Matt Hilleary (17.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg); F Will Morley (12.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg).

Outlook: Senior Gs Kevin Wise and Craig Avallone combined to make 143 of 327 three-pointers (44 percent) and will team with Morley, Hilleary and 6-9 freshman Matt Spierenburg for strong inside-outside combination. Junior Adam Dickman will battle to start at point guard in place of Bobby Henning, who transferred to be closer to his native New Jersey. Henning is the only starter not back this season. The Cardinals are the only Division III team to make the round of 16 in each of the past five NCAA tournaments.

Gallaudet

Last Season: 7-19, 3-11 CAC.

Coach: Jimmy DeStefano (11th season, 91-183).

Key Players: F Anton Jackson (14.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg); G Jeremias Valencia (14.1 ppg, 4.2 apg).

Outlook: Brothers Jeremias and Jaimie Valencia (6.1 ppg) -- both seniors -- comprise the starting back court and both can play either point or shooting guard. Jackson was the conference's rookie of the year last year.

Marymount

Last Season: 19-11, 10-4 CAC.

Coach: Chuck Driesell (5th season, 74-60).

Key Players: F Carson Robinson (9 ppg, 7.9 rpg); F Donnie Lindsay (transfer/U. of Detroit).

Outlook: Saints set school record for wins last season, though two starters graduated and two others expected back are not playing this season. Robinson is the only starter back. Among the top newcomers are Gs Mike Cook (Westfield), Corey Diamond (Mount Vernon) and Lindsay, a standout at Bishop Ireton.

Montgomery-Germantown

Last season: 1-23.

Coach: Marck Crutchfield (third season, 13-38).

Key Players: G Marcus Fisher; F Joe Loveless; G Skyler Tarpley.

Outlook: All but two of 13 players are freshmen and six are from southern Virginia.

Montgomery-Rockville

Last Season: 8-17.

Coach: Steve Hobson (21st season, 274-221).

Key Players: F Cory Burns (10 ppg, 8 rpg); G Dele Ojo (12 ppg, 7 apg); G Jerome Jones (Laurel High).

Outlook: Team expects to play up-tempo, though it must replace point guard Anthony Williams, an All-Met football player at Richard Montgomery who graduated and is playing at Pfeiffer (N.C.).

Strayer

Last Season: 12-13.

Coach: Derrick Broadie (third season, 17-31).

Key Players: F Thesdus Rayzer; G Christopher Brooks.

Outlook: At 6-7, Rayzer has a chance to be sharp for Strayer.

UDC

Last Season: 18-9.

Coach: Mike McLeese (third season, 32-22)

Key Players: G Chris Turner, Sr. (10 ppg, 6 apg), F Dion Thompson, Jr. (Edison High, 40% 3-point).

Outlook: A strong back court is led by Turner and defensive stopper Quincy Tarpley, who missed most of last season with injuries.

Washington Bible

Last Season: 7-19.

Coach: Leroy Allen (third season, 12-39).

Key Players: F Carlos King (11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg); F David Murphy (12.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg).

Outlook: Team finished with four victories in second half of season as roster of one junior, one sophomore and seven freshmen began to coalesce. This year's roster includes players from Guam, Nebraska, New Jersey and Washington state.

Stephen Moss-Kelly, shown in last season's CIAA tournament, leads Bowie State, which set school record for wins with 20 in 2001-02.