Skerry leads turnaround of Towson men's basketball program

He also credits the Tigers' turnaround to the fact they played a tough non-conference schedule that includes seven teams (College of Charleston, Eastern Kentucky, Loyola, Georgetown, Temple, North Dakota State, Oregon State) expected to win 20 or more games.

The Tigers won't play in the CAA Tournament this year. They're banned from the NCAA Tournament because of a low Academic Progress Report, and the CAA tourney winner gets an automatic berth to the Big Dance.

Skerry thinks the whole thing is terribly unfair, because the team's four-year APR score was dragged down by the players from former coach Pat Kennedy's teams. And Skerry points out that the GPA for his scholarship players has been 2.9 since he took over.

But that aside, things are looking up for the Tigers.

Four out of five starters — Benimon, Damas, Burwell and Hairston — return next season. And that's also when Towson will move into brand new Tiger Arena, a 5,200 seat jewel on campus that, even though still under construction, has been dazzling Tiger recruits.

It dazzles Skerry, too.

"I changed the way I drive in every day, just to drive past it," he said. "It's got pop."

Now his team has a little of that, too, after so many years without it.

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