Junior forward Marko Spica...out indefinitely because of injury? That's what I've been hearing. If true, it could definitely hinder CMU's chances this season. After the departure of Marcus Van, the team was counting on Spica to fill in the post spot. The bad news just keeps coming for coach Ernie Zeigler, who already dealt with the losses of Nate Minnoy and Chase Simon before the Van situation.
This puts all the more pressure on news guys to step up — 6-foot, 8-inch freshman Zach Saylor (Lansing Waverly) may have to step in and eat up some minutes. Other than Saylor, Central has 6'8" senior forward Chris Kellermann and little-tested 6'11" junior center Brandon Ford as its tallest players.
Zeigler may need to switch up his consistent strategy of slowing the pace and setting up an offense. Sure, it'll still be important to show some offensive prowess, but a faster, more up-tempo squad may need to take the floor at Rose Arena.
Exhibition action begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. against Marygrove, and don't forget to check out the women at 2 p.m., also against Marygrove.
Both were picked third in the MAC West, which seems appropriate. But rankings really don't mean too much, as Central finished one above its projected place in Zeigler's first two seasons.