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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

STONY BROOK Men's basketball favored in preseason publications

The Stony Brook men's basketball team has received significant attention from multiple media outlets during the preseason as the 2011-12 regular season rapidly approaches. Many publications have picked the Seawolves atop the America East after the team came within two points of winning the league title last season.
The Sporting News College Basketball Preview magazine lists the Seawolves as the favorites to win America East and also named senior Bryan Dougher a preseason All-America East player, junior transfer Ron Bracey the conference's top newcomer and head coach Steve Pikiell the conference's top coach.
The Lindy's College Basketball Preview magazine also named Stony Brook the preseason favorite to win the league, selected Dougher as an All-Conference player and named junior Tommy Brenton the league's top rebounder.
In the CBSSports.com Conference Preview, Jeff Goodman has also picked the Seawolves as America East's top team and named Dougher to the All-Conference team.
Lastly, Lindy's College Basketball Preview magazine had the Seawolves second behind defending champion Boston University and named Brenton to the preseason All-Conference team.
The official America East preseason rankings and All-Conference team will be revealed on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the league's annual media day.
Pikiell, in his seventh season as the head coach, returns 12 letterwinners from last season's team that reached its first-ever America East Championship final and came within two points of winning the title. The Seawolves will open preseason practice Oct. 14 and will play their first game Nov. 11 at Indiana. The home schedule begins Nov. 13 against Mount Ida. Individual game and season tickets are now available through the Stony Brook Athletics ticket office. For more information, visit GoSeawolves.org/tickets or call (631) 632-WOLF.