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Men's Basketball Picked to Finish 5th in East

Oct. 27, 2009

BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the Eastern Division, according to a poll of the conference head coaches.

The poll was released as part of the conference's Media Days which will be held via teleconference on October 27-28.

The Owls finished the 2008-09 campaign with a 6-26 record, but return three starters from last year's squad and will welcome a highly regarded recruiting class.

The Sun Belt also released its television schedule for the upcoming season. FAU's December 12 matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette will be broadcast on the Sun Belt Network.

Preseason Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Coaches Poll
As voted on by the league's 13 head coaches
(First place votes in parenthesis)

East Division Points

1. WKU 77 (12)

2. Troy 62 (1)

3. Middle Tennessee 53

4. South Alabama 40

5. Florida Atlantic 21

6. FIU 20

West Division Points

1. North Texas 85 (9)

2. Denver 73 (1)

3. Louisiana-Lafayette 56 (1)

4. UALR 53 (1)

5. Louisiana-Monroe 45 (1)

6. Arkansas State 36

7. New Orleans 17

2009 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball

First Team
Nate Rohnert, Denver
Desmond Yates, Middle Tennessee
Eric Tramiel, North Texas
Brandon Hazzard, Troy
A.J. Slaughter, WKU

Second Team
Chris Gradnigo, Louisiana-Lafayette
Josh White, North Texas
Richard Delk, Troy
Sergio Kerusch, WKU
Steffphon Pettigrew, WKU

Third Team
Donald Boone, Arkansas State
Tony Hooper, Louisiana-Monroe
Malcolm Thomas, Louisiana-Monroe
Michael Vogler, Troy
Jeremy Evans, WKU

Preseason Player of the Year - AJ Slaughter, WKU



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