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Ohio Picked Third In MAC East In Preseason Poll

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Stevie Taylor and the Bobcats received 94 votes in the MAC Preseason Poll.
Stevie Taylor and the Bobcats received 94 votes in the MAC Preseason Poll.

Oct. 29, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team was picked to finish third in the East Division in the annual Mid-American Conference preseason poll announced Tuesday.

The poll was announced prior to the league's preseason media teleconference and was determined by a 25-member MAC News Media Panel.

Akron was selected to win the MAC East Division and received a league-high 14 votes to capture the Mid-American Conference Tournament title.

Ohio returns eight letter winners from a 2012-13 squad that claimed an NIT berth after earning a share of the MAC regular season title. The Green & White also welcome six newcomers to the program, including five freshman and junior college transfer Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal).

The Bobcats also feature the talents of two transfer student-athletes that sat out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines. The duo includes Texas Tech transplant Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) and Southern Illinois transfer Treg Setty (Maysville, Ky.).

The `Cats will look to reach the post-season in 2013-14 for a school record fifth-consecutive season.

The Bobcats open the 2013-14 season on Saturday (Nov. 2) with an exhibition contest against Ashland inside the Convocation Center. Ohio begins the regular season on Nov. 9 at home against Missouri Valley Conference foe Northern Iowa.

2013-14 East Division Predicted Order of Finish
1. Akron - 143 Votes (18 first place votes)
2. Buffalo - 120 Votes (6 first place votes)
3. Ohio - 94 Votes
4. Kent State - 91 Votes (1 first place vote)
5. Miami - 42 Votes
6. Bowling Green - 35 Votes

2013-14 East Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Demetrius Treadwell, Akron
Will Felder, Miami
Will Regan, Buffalo
Quincy Diggs, Akron

2013-14 West Division Predicted Order of Finish
1. Toledo - 149 Votes (24 first place votes)
2. Western Michigan - 108 Votes
3. Eastern Michigan - 101 Votes (1 first place vote)
4. Ball State - 89 Votes
5. Central Michigan - 50 Votes
6. Northern Illinois - 28 Votes

2013-14 West Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Julius Brown, Toledo
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
Majok Majok, Ball State
Glenn Bryant, Eastern Michigan

MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Winner: Akron (14); Toledo (7); Buffalo (1)