Team preview: New Hampshire

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

By almost any measure, Bill Herrion's first season as men's basketball coach at New Hampshire must be considered a success.

After starting out 2-11, the Wildcats closed the season 10-6 and won 12 games for the first time since winning 19 in 1994-95. The Wildcats, who defeated league champion
Albany twice during the regular season, also advanced to the conference semifinals for the first time since 1995 before falling to the Great Danes.

"I think we laid some pretty good groundwork, but the ultimate goal for this team and this program is to win the America East and get to the NCAA Tournament," Herrion said. "I don't know if it's going to happen this year, but at least it's a possibility."

Herrion should know. He won three America East titles during his eight seasons at Drexel and led the Dragons to an NCAA Tournament victory over Memphis in 1996.

With four starters, including first-team All-America East forward Blagoj Janev, returning this season, the Wildcats are focused on attaining their ultimate goal.

"The returning guys have a pretty good taste in their mouths," Herrion said. "The next step is just winning. What I tell my coaches is, 'What we have to do is just work as hard as you can, get players and just win games.' "