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Carrier: Ottawa men to run different stuff

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 10/9/2013

WICHITA — Ottawa University men’s basketball coach Andy Carrier dropped a bombshell on the Kansas Collegiate Athletic coaches Tuesday at the KCAC Media Day in Wichita.

Carrier, who is the longest tenured men’s coach at 24 years, said he will mix up things this season.

WICHITA — Ottawa University men’s basketball coach Andy Carrier dropped a bombshell on the Kansas Collegiate Athletic coaches Tuesday at the KCAC Media Day in Wichita.

Carrier, who is the longest tenured men’s coach at 24 years, said he will mix up things this season.

“For all you coaches, Ottawa is running new stuff,” he said. “I felt like all the coaches knew our stuff better than we did. We decided to change it up. We are doing new things offensively and changed up a few things defensively.”

Ottawa returns three starters and nine lettermen from last year’s 10-20 team that was seventh in the KCAC.

“We do have significant experience back,” Carrier said. “We have good depth. We have had as good as summer as we’ve had since the championship years.”

Ottawa was selected seventh in the coaches poll and eighth by the media. Friends was the overall favorite in both polls with six seniors and six others with playing experience. Tabor, which returns four starters, was second in both polls.

“In my eyes, Friends has to be the favorite,” Carrier said. “The league has always been good. There are outstanding coaches across the board. The league is balanced. There is always a team or two that rises up and gets hot. We hope we are that team this year.”

Ottawa returns starters in Kameron Lindsey, Adam Hasty and Colby Regier. Lindsey and Hasty had full summers this year.

“Both of those guys are talented,” Carrier said. “They are both improved. In the frontcourt, we have size and experience.”

Lady Braves

Ottawa seventh-year coach Bruce Tate knows trying to climb the ladder on the women’s side will not be easy, even with a veteran group.

Several women’s teams bring back a wealth of experience and talent.

“Trying to fight to get back to the top will be tough with what we have coming back in this conference,” Tate said. “We are looking to be competitive. It will be a very competitive league.”

Ottawa returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s 9-20 team that finished seventh in the KCAC. Ottawa was selected sixth in both polls. Southwestern, which returns four starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’s KCAC runner-up team, was the favorite in both polls. Tabor, which has 11 letterwinners back, was second.

“Southwestern has the most returners back,” Tate said. “Overall, there are a lot of returners. Whose chemistry is going to be the strongest by mid-season will have an advantage.”

Senior Amber Ramsey tops the returners for Ottawa.

“Ramsey is one of the top players in the conference,” Tate said. “We expect a lot of big things out of her. She has expanded her game. We will switch her role with some additions in the front line.”

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