Miami University (16-7 overall, 11-5 in MAC, 2nd in MAC East last season)
Charlie Coles has a legitimate MAC Player of the Year candidate in 6-8, 232-pound center Julian Mavunga. He also has a pair of unexpected injuries, plus a discipline issue, that has thrown his RedHawks a few curveballs.
Allen Roberts, who was expected to slide into the starting lineup this season, has probably been lost for the season with a knee injury. Bill Edwards, a transfer from Penn State that was playing well since the beginning of practice, broke his wrist in the RedHawks' first exhibition game and will be sidelined for at least a month.
The loss of Orlando Williams, however, will probably hurt Miami most of all.
On Oct. 24 the University suspended Williams indefinitely for "conduct unbecoming a member of the program." It is not known if or when Williams will be back, but he will not be allowed to participate in any tram-related activities, practices or games during the suspension.
Williams was a mainstay in the RedHawks' rotation last season, playing in all 33 games and averaging 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists last season. He shot a team-high 39.6 percent from 3-point range last year and led Miami in scoring seven times during the 2010-11 campaign.
Williams' departure leaves four guards on Coles' roster, two freshmen and one sophomore.