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Men's Hoops Picked Third in USA South Preseason Poll

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Photo Credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Coming off a conference tournament championship in 2015-16, the Covenant men's basketball team has been picked to finish third in the USA South as the league announced its preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday afternoon.

Covenant garnered three first place votes and 70 total points in the poll, which is voted on by the league's 11 head coaches. The Scots, under first-year head coach Arte Culver, return four starters from last year's team that finished second in the USA South during the regular season before making a run to the tournament title. Covenant finished 18-10 overall and 10-4 in league play.

LaGrange, who Covenant defeated in the USA South tournament championship, was selected as the preseason favorite in the league after totaling 90 points and four first place votes. Piedmont was picked second with 77 points and one first place tally. Maryville was fourth with 69 points and a first place vote, while Greensboro and William Peace tied for fifth with 59 points.

N.C. Wesleyan, the 2015-16 regular season champion, and Averett also picked up one first place vote each as the two teams were predicted seventh and eighth, respectively.

The 2017 USA South Tournament will once again head to campus sites as the top-seeded team will host all three rounds of the tournament. The tournament will begin on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 and conclude on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. The top-eight seeded teams after the conclusion of regular season competition will advance to the tournament.

Covenant opens the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, Nov. 15 against Emory at Barnes PE Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

2016-17 USA South Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll

Rank

Institution (1st Place Votes)

Pts.

1.

LaGrange (4)

90

2.

Piedmont (1)

77

3.

Covenant (3)

70

4.

Maryville (1)

69

t-5.

Greensboro

59

t-5.

William Peace

59

7.

N.C. Wesleyan (1)

55

8.

Averett (1)

48

9.

Ferrum

46

10.

Huntingdon

20

11.

Methodist

12

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