Coach Paul Schildwachter's quote: "Anything that could have gone wrong last year, went wrong."
Breakdown: Saints' fans can be assured of one thing this season: It can't be possibly be worse than last year when Lutheran was woefully lacking in experience.
"When you start two sophomores and a freshmen and you are going up against a lot of seniors, that's tough," Schildwachter said.
But this year's Lutheran squad has more experience and promising talent to work with at guard and in the frontcourt.
The returning starting lineup includes senior guard Tyler Woolsey (5-11), junior forward Justin Torres (6-2), sophomore forward Craig Kutchey (6-1) and Schildwachter's sons Jonathan (6-1), a senior guard/forward, and Joseph (5-10), a sophomore shooting guard.
"We will have a guard and post presence," said Schildwachter, a fourth-year coach. "We haven't had that the last couple of years."
The Saints won't just rely on Woolsey and Jonathan Schildwachter to produce points like last year.
More players will be involved offensively.
"I expect our scoring to be a little more consistent," Schildwachter said.
What's also exciting for coach Schildwachter is the addition junior forward Darrius Morgan (6-6), a transfer from Mount Carmel.
"He can really help us with rebounding, which has been a problem the last couple of years," Schildwachter said. "He will definitely be a presence in the post and he shoots well."
2012-2013 record: 12-14
Returning starters: 2
Coach Seth Goldberg's quote: "Because of injuries, we're having a slow start. But by the end of the year, we're going to be pretty good."
Breakdown: After garnering a second consecutive football crown and making a run to the soccer title game, expectations for success on the hardwood could also spur the Crusaders to the top this season.
Having a 6-foot-9 transfer from Senegal, as Goldberg says about senior center Iba Camara, "fall in our lap," should be another reason for optimism around the Brooklandville campus.
Welcoming back senior guard Tre Hamer (6-0), who did not play last season, adds to the excitement level.
Juniors Dan Wilson (6-6) and football standout Alan Koikoi (6-1) will join Camara on the frontline, giving St. Paul's some heft under the glass.
Junior Alexander Matsinye (6-2) figures to be the top wing player with 6-2 classmates Ryan Lee and William Jews and senior Matt Buhl (5-11) also logging key minutes.