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SoCon Media Preseason Basketball Poll Announced
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/27/2011
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Davidson's JP Kuhlman
Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference media has tabbed Davidson and Chattanooga as the favorites to capture the conference's divisional men's basketball titles in 2011-12.  Both the Wildcats and Mocs were also selected preseason favorites by the league's coaches on Wednesday.

Chattanooga earned 172 points on the strength of 24 first-place votes.  UTC head coach John Shulman returns four starters from last season's team.  Appalachian State (136) picked up three first-place votes and was slotted second with 136 points, ahead of rival Western Carolina (123) which was picked third.  UNCG earned the final first-place vote in the North Division and was picked fourth.  Elon (76) and Samford (36) rounded out the division.

Davidson received 18 first-place votes and topped the South Division with 156 points.  Head Coach Bob McKillop returns for his 23rd season at Davidson as the Wildcats have 11 lettermen and four starters back from a squad that advanced to the second round of the postseason College Basketball Invitational last year.  College of Charleston (156) secured 10 first-place votes and was picked second while the two-time defending SoCon Champion Wofford Terriers (105) were picked third.  Furman (80) narrowly edged Georgia Southern (76) which earned the division's final first-place vote.  The Citadel (48) was slotted sixth in the South Division.

The regular season opens Friday, November 11 as ten Southern Conference teams take the floor that evening.  Furman travels to Elon November 30th in the first league contest.  The Southern Conference Tournament will be held March 2-5, 2012 in Asheville, N.C.

SoCon Men's Basketball Predicted Order of Finish - Media Poll

North Division
Team (1st Place Votes)        Total
1. Chattanooga (24)                172
2. Appalachian State (3)          136
3. Western Carolina (2)            123
4. UNCG (1)                            90
5. Elon                                    76
6. Samford                              36

South Division
Team (1st Place Votes)        Total
1. Davidson (18)                     165      
2. College of Charleston (10)   156
3. Wofford (1)                         105
4. Furman                              80
5. Georgia Southern (1)           76
6. The Citadel                         48


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