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Owls Picked to Win Sun Belt East Division
Raymond Taylor was named 1st team Preseason All-Sun Belt on Wednesday.

Oct. 26, 2011

BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team was picked to win its second consecutive East Division title.

The poll, which was released as part of the Sun Belt Media Days, had the Owls receiving 11 of the 12 first place votes from the league's head coaches. FAU was followed by Middle Tennessee, who received the other first place vote, Western Kentucky, South Alabama, FIU and Troy. Arkansas State was the pick to win the West, receiving eight first place votes. Louisiana-Lafayette (two votes), North Texas (one vote) and Denver (one vote) followed the Red Wolves in the poll while also receiving first place votes. UALR and ULM rounded out the voting.

Junior guards Greg Gantt and Raymond Taylor were named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt First Team. Gantt was a Second Team All-Sun Belt selection last season after leading the team in scoring (14.0) for the second year in a row. He was named Sun Belt Player of the Week in February after helping the Owls to wins over North Texas and FIU and he already among the program's all-time leaders in three-pointers made and is on pace to score his 1,000th career point early this season.

Taylor was named First-Team All-Sun Belt at the conclusion of last season. He was second on the team in scoring (11.6) and assists (121). After helping the Owls to a 2-0 in conference play, Taylor was named FAU's first Sun Belt Player of the Week in more than three years last December. He was also named the NABC All-District team last season and should also score his 1,000th career point this season.

The league also announced the television schedule for the upcoming season. The Owls' trip to Miami to face rival FIU on January 21 will be televised as part of a men's and women's doubleheader. Tip-off has been moved up to 2 p.m. to accommodate the television broadcast.

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team First Team
Name School Year Pos.
Martavius Adams Arkansas State Sr. F
Raymond Taylor Florida Atlantic Jr. G
Greg Gantt Florida Atlantic Jr. G
J.J. Thomas Louisiana-Lafayette So. F
*Augustine Rubit South Alabama So. F



Second Team
Name School Year Pos.
Chase Hallam Denver Jr. G
DeJuan Wright FIU Sr. G
Jason Jones Middle Tennessee Jr. F/G
Tony Mitchell North Texas Fr. F
Will Weathers Troy Jr. G

Third Team
Name School Year Pos.
Trey Finn Arkansas State Jr. G
Brian Stafford Denver Sr. G
Fred Brown Louisiana-Monroe Sr. G
Kedrick Hogans North Texas Sr. F
D'Andre Williams UALR Sr. G

*Preseason Player of the Year

2011-12 SBC Men's Basketball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish

1. Arkansas State (8) - 64 pts
2. Louisiana-Lafayette (2) - 60 pts
3. North Texas (1) - 50 pts
4. Denver (1) - 40 pts
5. UALR - 26 pts
6. Louisiana-Monroe - 12 pts

1. Florida Atlantic (11) - 71 pts
2. Middle Tennessee (1) - 59 pts
3. WKU - 41 pts
4. South Alabama - 33 pts
5. FIU - 31 pts
6. Troy - 17 pts

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