Cowboys picked for 7th place finish in preseason SLC poll

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LAKE CHARLES – McNeese basketball, under new head coach Heath Schroyer, has been tabbed for a seventh place finish in the Southland Conference preseason poll according to league baseball head coaches and sports information directors, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

McNeese, 11-17 and 8-10 in conference play a year ago, returns just two starters – guards Jarren Greenwood and James Harvey – while bringing on board 10 newcomers which will give the Cowboys a completely new look to go along with the new coaching staff.

Stephen F. Austin is the preseason favorite followed by last year’s regular season co-champion and tournament runner-up Southeastern Louisiana.

New Orleans is slated to finish third after a fifth-place finish in 2017-18. The Privateers, led by eighth-year coach Mark Slessinger, will try to repeat the magic of two years ago when UNO won both the regular-season and conference tournament championships.

Abilene Christian, who received one first-place vote, is selected to finish fourth after a 16-16 effort last year. Meanwhile, Lamar and head coach Tic Price are expected to finish fifth.

Sam Houston State is predicted to come in sixth, while McNeese and Central Arkansas were picked seventh and eighth, respectively. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is pegged for the ninth spot and Houston Baptist and last year’s co-champion Nicholls tied for the 10th place spot.

Northwestern State is predicted to finish 12th followed by Incarnate Word.

The preseason poll is voted on by the head coach and sports information director from each Southland school. Each individual ranks the other 12 teams in their predicted order of regular season finish. Ranking one’s own school is not permitted.

2018-19 Southland Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank School (First-place votes) Total
1. Stephen F. Austin (23) 287
2. Southeastern Louisiana (2) 243
3. New Orleans 204
4. Abilene Christian (1) 196
5. Lamar 186
6. Sam Houston State 184
7. McNeese 172
8. Central Arkansas 136
9. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 115
T10. Houston Baptist 101
T10. Nicholls 101
12. Northwestern State 73
13. Incarnate Word 30

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