CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team was selected to finish fifth as America East announced its Preseason Coaches' Poll on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The Wildcats (31 points) were picked to finish being first-place Vermont (64), who received six first-place votes. Stony Brook was picked second with 58 points and took the remaining three first-place votes. Albany was selected third with 49 points while Hartford was fourth with 44 points. After New Hampshire, UMBC was selected sixth with 28 points while Binghamton (24), Maine (20) and UMass Lowell (8) round out the field.
The Wildcats bring back seven letterwinners from a year ago and added six newcomers to the 2013-14 roster. UNH finished the 2012-13 season with an overall record of 9-20 and a conference mark of 5-11. The squad advanced to the America East quarterfinal match where they ultimately fell to second-seeded Vermont. Senior Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) is the top returning scorer from a year ago as he averaged 11.8 points per game. Classmate Chris Pelcher (Albany, N.Y.) led the team in rebounding, averaging 6.3 rebounds per game and also in blocks (1.4 bpg).
The team opens the season Saturday, Nov. 9 as they host Suffolk at 7:30 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.
2013-14 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
Rank School (1st-place votes) Points
1. Vermont (6) 64
2. Stony Brook (3) 58
3. Albany 49
4. Hartford 44
5. New Hampshire 31
6. UMBC 28
7. Binghamton 24
8. Maine 20
9. UMass Lowell 8