Men's basketball picked atop MAC Commonwealth Preseason Poll

MAC Commonwealth Preseason Poll

ANNVILLE, Pa. (Men's Basketball) – The Hood Blazers were selected as the favorite in the 2019-20 conference preseason poll conducted among the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth (MAC Commonwealth) men's basketball coaches. The Blazers received 60 points and four of the nine first-place votes.

Five other conference schools received one first-place vote including Messiah, Alvernia, Widener, Arcadia and Stevenson.

Messiah collected 47 points to rank second, and Alvernia received 44 points to rank third. Widener ranked fourth with 42 points. Albright rounded out the top-five with 39 points.

The rest of the poll in respective order includes Arcadia (32 points), Stevenson (28 points), Lebanon Valley (18 points) and Lycoming (14 points).

Last year, Hood went 17-10 and earned the second-seed in the MAC Commonwealth Tournament. 

Hood extended its postseason play in the ECAC Division III Championship. The Blazers earned a first-round bye but fell to Grove City in the quarterfinal round.

The 2019-20 season is set to begin on November 8-9 with the MMI Tip Off Tournament. The 2020 MAC Commonwealth Men's Basketball Championship is set for Feb. 24-29.

The 2019-20 MAC Commonwealth Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll and 2018-19 final standings can be viewed below.

2019-20 MAC Commonwealth Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll
Rank Team Points (1st Place Votes)    
1 Hood 60 (4)      
2 Messiah 47 (1)      
3 Alvernia 44 (1)      
4 Widener 42 (1)      
5 Albright 39        
6 Arcadia 32 (1)      
7 Stevenson 28 (1)      
8 Lebanon Valley 18        
9 Lycoming 14        
             
2018-19 MAC Commonwealth Men's Basketball Final Standings  
Finish Team Conf. Overall      
1 Arcadia (1) 14-2 22-6      
2 Hood (2) 11-5 17-10      
3 Widener (3) 10-6 15-12      
4 Stevenson (4) 8-8 14-13      
5 Albright (5) 7-9 9-17      
t6 Alvernia 6-10 11-14      
t6 Messiah 6-10 10-15      
t8 Lycoming 5-11 11-14      
t8 Lebanon Valley 5-11 8-17      
(#) - Conference Tournament Seed