UNCG Tabbed SoCon Division Hoops Favorites, Elon 2nd

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNCG men's basketball program was picked to win the Southern Conference North Division by both the league's 12 head coaches and the media members in separate preseason polls, the league office announced Thursday at the Tip-off Luncheon at the Lioncrest Facility at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. Junior Trevis Simpson (Douglas, Ga./Coffee) was chosen to the preseason All-SoCon Team by the coaches as well.

 

The Spartans were picked to win the SoCon North Division by the league's coaches, garnering seven of the 12 first place votes and 59 total points. The league coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Elon was picked to finish second in the North Division with three first place votes, while Western Carolina picked up two first place tallies.

 

UNCG is under the direction of reigning SoCon Coach of the Year Wes Miller who guided the Spartans through one of the top turnarounds in the nation last year. The Spartans opened the year with a 2-14 record before turning it around with an 11-5 finish down the stretch to win the SoCon North Division championship while Miller held the interim head coach tag. 

 

Davidson, the defending SoCon champion, was picked to finish first in the South Division with 11 of the 12 first place votes and 65 total points. Charleston Southern was second in the division with 54 points, including one first place vote, while Georgia Southern was picked third.

 

In the media poll, UNCG received 18 of 30 first place votes with 164 total points for the top spot in the North Division while Davidson tallied 28 of 30 first place votes with 176 total points.

 

Simpson was chosen the league's 10-member preseason All-Southern Conference team.  Simpson led the Southern Conference in scoring averaging 18.3 points per game, scoring in double figures 27 of 30 times last year. He ranks 10th in the NCAA Division I in scoring among returning players and is third among all returning juniors in the nation

 

Davidson's De'Mon Brooks averaged 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds as a sophomore. An Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention selection last year, Brooks was named the SoCon Player of the Year by the league's head coaches following the 2012 campaign and took home the SoCon Tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award.

 

The Spartans open play in the 2012-13 season with an exhibition game Saturday, November 3 as they host Bluefield State. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Fleming Gymnasium on campus and will be part of UNCG's Homecoming festivities. The Spartans open the regular season Nov. 9 as they travel across the Triad to face High Point.

 

SoCon Men's Basketball Coaches Predicted Order of Finish

North Division

Team (1st Place Votes)                  Total

1. UNCG (7)                                        59

2. Elon (3)                                            55

3. Western Carolina (2)                  52

4. Appalachian State                       36

5. Chattanooga                                 26

6. Samford                                          18

 

South Division

Team (1st Place Votes)                  Total

1. Davidson (11)                                65          

2. College of Charleston (1)         54

3. Georgia Southern                       48

4. Wofford                                          32

5. Furman                                            27

6. The Citadel                                     15

SoCon Men's Basketball Media Predicted Order of Finish

 

 

 

 

North Division

Team (1st Place Votes)                  Total

1. UNCG (18)                                      164

2. Western Carolina (9)                  144

3. Elon (3)                                            119

4. Appalachian State                       72

    Samford                                           72

6. Chattanooga                                 59

 

South Division

Team (1st Place Votes)                  Total

1. Davidson (28)                                176        

2. College of Charleston                134

3. Georgia Southern (2)                 120

4. Wofford                                          101

5. Furman                                            62

6. The Citadel                                     37

 

2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Team

Andrew Lawrence, College of Charleston

Trent Wiedeman, College of Charleston

Mike Groselle, The Citadel

De'Mon Brooks, Davidson

Nik Cochran, Davidson

Jake Cohen, Davidson

Jack Isenbarger, Elon

Eric Ferguson, Georgia Southern

Trevis Simpson, UNCG

Trey Sumler, Western Carolina

 

2012-13 Preseason Player of the Year

De'Mon Brooks, Davidson

 

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