Team preview: New Orleans

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It is not so much the fact that New Orleans has five returning starters that's generating optimism around the Big Easy. It's the fact that native son Bo McCalebb is one of them.

The explosive 6-0 junior guard finished fifth in the nation in scoring last year (22.6) while also averaging 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals. All of this after helping New Orleans reach the Sun Belt Conference championship game with his tournament-MVP performance as a freshman.

UNO coach Monte Towe touts his star in a matter-of-fact tone. McCalebb, he says, is a fearless penetrator and equally explosive while dribbling with either hand.