Men's Basketball Selected Fifth in AE Preseason Poll

HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team was selected to finish fifth as America East announced its Preseason Coaches' Poll on its annual Media Day at the Connecticut State Capitol building Thursday afternoon. The University of Hartford's Chase Arena will play host to both the men's and women's America East Championship for the third consecutive season.

The Wildcats (39 points) were picked to finish behind Boston U. (62), Stony Brook (56), Vermont (51) and Albany (42). The Terriers, who have topped the poll each of the last five years, garnered six first-place votes, while Stony Brook claimed the remaining three votes. Maine (32) was tabbed sixth, while Hartford (18), UMBC (18) and Binghamton (11) round out the rest of the poll.

New Hampshire (12-18, 6-10) put together another successful season despite a plethora of injuries, finishing their third straight season with double-digit victories. UNH earned the No. 7 seed in the America East tournament, but fell to second-seeded and eventual conference champion Boston University in the quarterfinals.

The Wildcats welcome back eight letterwinners from a team that ranked 18th nationally in scoring defense by holding opponents to 60.9 points per game. Junior guard Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.), an America East All-Defensive honoree, and senior forward Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.), who ranked second among league leaders in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and fifth in blocks (1.1 bpg), will look to remain a defensive force in 2011-12.

In addition, the 'Cats will also be bringing back senior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass) and junior forward Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa.) who missed the majority of last season due to injury. Sophomore transfer Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) also returns to the squad after sitting out the entire 2010-11 campaign due to NCAA transfer regulations.

The Wildcats officially kick off the season Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. when they play host to Suffolk University at Lundholm Gymnasium.
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