Men's Basketball Picked Fourth On Little East Preseason Poll

Men's Basketball Picked Fourth On Little East Preseason Poll

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – With the start of the 2017-18 basketball season just a few short days away, the Little East Conference released its annual preseason poll in which the Beacons were picked to finish fourth under third year head coach Jason Harris.

The Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University earned the top billing as they recorded a combined 56 points and seven of the conference's eight first place votes.  Picked to finish second was Keene State College after earning the one remaining first place vote and 49 total points.  UMass Dartmouth edged out the Beacons for third as they earned 42 points, while the Beacons collected 36 points to round out the top-4.

Western Connecticut State University was picked fifth with 30 points, followed by Plymouth State University (28), Rhode Island College (23), and the University of Southern Maine (16).

Under the guidance of coach Harris, the Beacons are looking to continue their climb in the Little East Conference.  Last season, Harris' Beacons recorded their first playoff win in nearly a decade and advanced to the semi-final round of the LEC Tournament.  They also registered the program's second winning record in the last three seasons.

The 2017-18 edition of UMass Boston men's basketball will be a young and athletic team.  It will also feature the most players from the city of Boston in some time as well.  The Beacons welcome back All-Conference selections Ty Lee (Boston, Mass.) and Iser Barnes (Boston, Mass.) this season.  Last season Lee was named an All-Rookie honoree, while Barnes earned a spot on the All-Defensive team. 

The Beacons will begin their new season on Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host Norwich University.

2017-18 LEC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

     

Place

Institution

Points

1

Eastern Connecticut (7)

56

2

Keene State (1)

49

3

UMass Dartmouth

42

4

UMass Boston

36

5

Western Connecticut

30

6

Plymouth State

28

7

Rhode Island College

23

8

Southern Maine

16

First-Place votes in parenthesis. Please note that coaches as not permitted to vote for their own team.