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Men's Basketball Slides in Fifth in SAC Preseason Poll

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) -- Catawba was voted fifth in the 2020-21 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll. The conference released the poll as well as the preseason all-conference teams on Wednesday.

Lincoln Memorial have been picked as the favorite, grabbing 11 of the first-place votes. LMU finished the 2019-20 season with a 32-1 record, rattling off an impressive 32-straight victories, including winning the 2020 SAC Pilot Flying J Men’s Basketball Championship. The Railsplitters closed out the season ranked No. 2 nationally in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) poll.

Queens finished behind LMU in the poll and received one first-place vote as did Lenoir-Rhyne, who was third in the poll. Tusculum edged Catawba for fourth in the ranking.

Catawba advanced to their second consecutive NCAA Division II Southeast Regional in 2019-20 after a record of 20-10. The Indians will be retooling this year, losing its top four scorers from a year ago.

The 2020-21 men’s basketball season gets underway on Nov. 21 with a full slate of league action. Each team will have regular COVID-19 testing weekly to ensure the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Additionally, each institution will have limited spectator seating in order to comply with state and local health guidelines.

Due to the current state and local guidelines in North Carolina, Catawba will not allow attendance by the general public at this time.

All of the SAC men’s basketball games will be streamed live online for free through the SAC Live Digital Network. Links to live video and live stats of all the games, as well as a full schedule of games can be found by visiting the men’s basketball page on TheSAC.com.
 
2020-21 SAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll
1. Lincoln Memorial, 155 (11)
2. Queens, 144 (1)
3. Lenoir-Rhyne, 122 (1)
4. Tusculum, 117
5. Catawba, 114
6. Anderson, 107
7. Wingate, 81
8. Newberry, 78
9. Carson-Newman, 77
10. Mars Hill, 64
11. Coker, 45
12. UVA Wise, 40
13. Limestone, 26
 
2020-21 SAC Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference
First Team
Quin Nottingham, Anderson
Cameron Henry, Lincoln Memorial
Devin Whitfield, Lincoln Memorial
Cameron Whiteside, UVA Wise
Darius Simmons, Lenoir-Rhyne
R.J. Gunn, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team
Jamari Smith, Queens
Trenton Gibson, Tusculum
Jarren Cottingham, Wingate
Javonte Cooke, Mars Hill
Crosby James II, Anderson
Kenny Dye, Queens

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