Eagle hoops coaches preview season with Savannah alumni

Byington, Howard build excitment with Georgia Southern alums

Eagle hoops coaches preview season with Savannah alumni
Men's head coach Mark Byington addresses Eagle alumni at Carey Hilliard's in Savannah. (Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The college basketball season is just a few days away for the Georgia Southern Eagles.

Before the ball is tipped, both Eagle coaches spent Thursday speaking to the Georgia Southern Savannah Alumni Association.

The men enter the season with hi

Men's head coach Mark Byington addresses Eagle alumni at Carey Hilliard's in Savannah.
Men's head coach Mark Byington addresses Eagle alumni at Carey Hilliard's in Savannah. (Source: WTOC)

The men enter the season with high expectations once again. Despite losing four-time All Sun Belt selection Tookie Brown and Montae Glenn, Byington feels he has a team with enough talent and experience to compete for a Sun Belt title.

“You want to have a team entering the year you think is good enough to win a title. That’s what we definitely have. We’re going to be right there at the top," says Byington. "But it’s a long distance race. From our first game to our championship game is 137 days, so we have to make a constant climb to the top.”

The Eagles will have Ike Smith back after missing much of the 2018-2019 season. Southern opens the men’s season November 5 at #24 Auburn.

Women's head coach Anita Howard tips off her first season at the helm October 30 in exhibition action.
Women's head coach Anita Howard tips off her first season at the helm October 30 in exhibition action. (Source: WTOC)

Anita Howard’s first season at Georgia Southern begins even sooner, as the Eagles host Coker College on October 30 in exhibition play.

Howard took over a program that hasn’t seen much winning, but believes there will be improvement Eagle fans can see on the floor.

“There are some jitters. We’ve put in a lot of new things. The players are getting used to the style of play that we’re going to be playing," Howard says. "We’re taking it one day at a time. But we’re extremely excited to just get out on the court and see what takes shape.”

The Eagle women return all five starters and ten letter winners from a year ago.

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