Tuesday, October 4, 2011
STONY BROOK Men's basketball favored in preseason publications
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.