You've gotta love a team nicknamed the Gents. A Gent must be like a gentleman, only cooler. Like Humphrey Bogart or George Clooney. Actually, Gentlemen is technically Centenary's nickname, but they always go by Gents instead. I like its football team's old nickname: Old Ironsides.
Anyway, the Gents enter tonight's game against Mississippi State – 7 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson – sporting a 4-6 record. They've got a guy who can fill it up in David Perez, who's 20.4 points per game ranks 22nd in the nation. He's a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard who's also shooting 40.3 percent from 3-point range. But, he has a 1-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (23 apiece).
Besides Perez, Centenary is led by 6-0 junior guard Roman Tubner (12.6 ppg, 4.2 apg), 6-4 freshman guard Daman Starring (11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and 6-8 senior forward Jerrald Bonham (9.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg). The Gents own wins against Grambling State, Texas College, La.-Monroe and Southern Utah. Notable losses include Marquette and Oklahoma, and they're coming off a 108-64 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday.
MSU shouldn't have a problem with the Gents, who won't be rubbing shoulders with Division I teams for much longer. The school – located in Shreveport, La. – has decided to drop all the way down to Division III starting in the 2011-12 academic year. That's too bad, but Centenary – picked to finish next-to-last in the Summit League – has never been a power. (Although it is the alma mater of a guy named Robert Parish.) A couple of key players have left as a result: Chase Adams to Pittsburgh, Gary Redus II (yes, the ex-major leaguer's son) to South Alabama.
Oh yes, and the Gents can't play in their league tournament this year thanks to low APR scores.
Mississippi connection: Freshman guard Pedro Maciel played his high school ball at St. Stanislaus. Fun player to watch.