NORT DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference has announced the 2012-13 men's basketball preseason coaches' poll and has picked the Beacons to finish sixth this season.
UMass Boston earned a total 24 points on this year's poll, with the Owls of Keene State College picked to win this year's title earning 62 points and six first place votes. Rhode Island College was picked second with 54 points and one first place vote. Eastern Connecticut State University, who won the LEC last season, was selected third after earning 48 points and one first place vote.
In fourth was Western Connecticut State University (36 pts.) followed by UMass Dartmouth (26 pts.) in fifth. Plymouth State University and the University of Southern Maine rounded out the conference poll in seventh (20 pts.) and eighth (18 pts.).
This season the Beacons will look to sophomore guard Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.) to lead the way after a standout rookie season. As a freshman, DeLucia closed out the 2011-12 season as one of the Beacons top scorers, which earned him the conference's Rookie of the Year honor. He was also named to the All-Rookie team as well. DeLucia also became the first player in program history to be named D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Rookie of the Year.
Also returning to this year's line-up will be sophomore Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.). After seeing limited playing time in the first-half of the season, Joseph exploded on the scene in the second-half of the year to become one UMB's top forwards.
Men's Basketball will kick-off their season this Saturday when they take part in the 1st Annual D3Hoops.com Hoopsville National Invitational Classic this Saturday at 2 p.m. when they face Franciscan University (Ohio).
|2012-13 Little East Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll|
|Rank||Institution||First Place||Total Points|
|1||Keene State College||6||62|
|2||Rhode Island College||1||54|
|3||Eastern Connecticut State University||1||48|
|4||Western Connecticut State University||36|
|5||University of Massachusetts Dartmouth||26|
|6||University of Massachusetts Boston||24|
|7||Plymouth State University||20|
|8||University of Southern Maine||18|