2010-11 Record: 11-19
2010-11 Postseason: None
Key Losses: Marvin Roberts, Phil Gary, Eric Frederick
Key Players: Dejuan Wright, Jeremy Allen
Overview: Isiah Thomas's second season with FIU started with a promising 4-1 last year, but much like his first season, fell apart as the season went along, sputtering to a last place finish in the Sun Belt East conference.
Unfortunately, things did not get a whole lot better for the Golden Panthers in the offseason after losing starters Marvin Roberts and Phil Gary to graduation, as well as losing one of their top scorers and rebounders, Erick Frederick, who transferred.
The one real bright spot for Florida International this season is the return of their star player, Dejuan Wright. Dejuan did it all for the Golden Panthers last year, leading them in points, rebounds, and steals, as well as nailing over 50 percent of his shots.
Florida International's problem, much like Monmouth's, is a lack of outside shooting. No one on the returning roster fired more than 66 threes last season, and when you're playing from behind, as the Golden Panthers were for much of last season, that's a major problem.
For the Golden Panthers to be successful, they are going to need to lean heavily on their two seniors. This is still a young team, with seven freshman and sophomores on the roster, who will need every bit of Dejuan Wright to do any damage in the tournament.