BURN THE HORSE
When Tennessee-Martin travels to UALR to open the 2012-2013 basketball season on Nov. 9, the Skyhawks will bring some local flavor with them. Little Rock natives senior Jeremy Washington and sophomore Myles Taylor will be a big part of the Skyhawks game plan this year.
Washington, 6-7, 230 pounds, played on Little Rock Hall’s 2008 state championship team. He averaged 9.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last season, shooting 49 percent from the field.
Taylor, 6-7, 250 pounds, was the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last season after averaging 13.7 points and 5.2 rebounds last season. He’s another Little Rock Hall product and played in four consecutive state championship games. One came while as a freshman at Lonoke and the other three were at Hall.
Overall, it wasn’t a very good season last year for the Skyhawks. They went 4-27 overall and 0-16 in the Ohio Valley Conference. That included a 63-45 loss to Arkansas State and a 75-68 loss to Central Arkansas. But it also included a very nice victory with the Skyhawks going on the road to defeat Alabama-Birmingham. That was their only victory over a Division I program last season.
The Skyhawks went 12-21 and 4-25 the previous two years. But in 2008-2009, Tennessee-Martin went 22-10 and played in the postseason NIT.