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Local Division I men's college basketball preview

Local Division I men's college basketball preview

Questions abound for several in-state Division I college basketball team as their regular-season schedules begin Friday.

Loyola returns most of its core playing group and faces the pressure of repeating as MAAC champions. Can the Greyhounds make it two NCAA tournament appearances in a row?

Towson and Navy, meanwhile, are starting from the bottom. Ed DeChellis' Midshipmen are mired in a 22-game losing streak, while Pat Skerry's Tigers struggled through a 1-31 season a year ago.

Two first-year coaches — UMBC's Aki Thomas and Mount St. Mary's Jamion Christian — will be tasked with starting the rebuilding processes in Catonsville and Emmittsburg, respectively.