Owls Picked to Finish Fourth in Sun Belt East Division
Greg Gantt was named Second Team All-Sun Belt in a preseason poll.


Greg Gantt was named Second Team All-Sun Belt in a preseason poll.

Oct. 24, 2012

BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic men's basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the Sun Belt Conference's East Division in a poll of the league's head coaches.

The poll was released as part of Sun Belt Media Days and has FAU finishing behind last year's division winner Middle Tennessee, who was a unanimous choice to win the East, South Alabama and Western Kentucky. Troy and FIU were picked to finish fifth and sixth, respectively.

North Texas was also unanimously selected as a division winner. The Mean Green are picked to win the West Division, with Arkansas State, UALR, Louisiana-Lafayette and ULM picked in that order behind them.

Senior guard Greg Gantt was the only Owl named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt team, earning second team recognition. Gantt led FAU in scoring for the third season in a row in 2011-12 and is on pace to become the program's all-time leading scorer.

The league also announced its television schedule for the upcoming year. The Owls will be on TV at least five times this season, with nonconference games at North Carolina (November 11, 2:30 p.m., ESPNU), at Dayton (December 15, 7:00 p.m., WHIO) and at Indiana (December 21, 7:00 p.m., ESPN2) to be televised, in addition to conference matchups at Arkansas State (January 26, 8:30 p.m.) and at South Alabama (February 9, 8:30 p.m.) to be shown on the Sun Belt network.

Men's basketball season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the FAU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.

2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference First Team
Will Neighbour (UALR, Jr., Forward)
Trey Finn (Arkansas State, Sr., Guard)
Marcos Knight (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Guard)
  Tony Mitchell (North Texas, So., Forward)
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, Jr., Forward)

2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Brandon Peterson (Arkansas State, Sr., Forward)
Greg Gantt (Florida Atlantic, Sr., Guard)
JT Sulton (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Forward)
Bruce Massey (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Guard)
George Fant (WKU, So., Forward)

 

 

2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Marcus Hooten (Arkansas State, Sr., Guard)
Raymond Cintron (Middle Tennessee, Sr., Guard)
Javier Carter (South Alabama, Sr., Forward)
Freddie Goldstein (South Alabama, Sr., Guard)
T.J. Price (WKU, So., Guard)

2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, So., Forward)

2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
First Place Votes in Parentheses

EAST DIVISION
1. Middle Tennessee - 65 points (11)
2. South Alabama - 51 points
3. WKU - 47 points
4. Florida Atlantic - 29 points
5. Troy - 22 points
6. FIU - 17 points
WEST DIVISION
1. North Texas - 55 points (11)
2. Arkansas State - 40 points
3. UALR - 33 points
4. Louisiana-Lafayette - 24 points
5. ULM - 13 points

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