Coastal Carolina Voted Men's Basketball Preseason Favorite

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Coastal Carolina University's men's basketball team has been chosen as the favorite in the Big South Conference's annual preseason poll for the 2010-11 season in a vote of the League's Head Coaches and media panel.  The announcement was made today at the Renaissance Suites Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., as part of the 2010-11 Basketball Tip-Off Media Luncheon.

Coastal Carolina, last year's Big South regular-season champion, received 10 of 24 first-place votes and 206 out of a possible 240 points to win the crown in 2010-11.  It is the first time since 1993-94 and fourth time overall that the Chanticleers are the Big South's preseason No. 1, and they enter the season with six returning letterwinners from last year's NIT squad that finished 28-7.  Winthrop, last year's Big South Tournament champion and NCAA participant, finds itself as the preseason No. 2 this season with 191 points, which included five first-place votes.  UNC Asheville was third in the voting with 181 points and received four first-place votes, while Presbyterian College was fourth in the poll after collecting 159 points and four top nods.  The Blue Hose are eligible for the regular-season title but will not participate in the Conference tournament due do its transition to Division I.

High Point was predicted to finish fifth (139 points), just ahead of No. 6 Liberty (124), which received the final remaining first-place vote.  Charleston Southern finished seventh in the poll with 115 points, followed by VMI at No. 8 (85 points) and Radford at No. 9 (83 points).  Gardner-Webb received the 10th and final spot in the poll with 32 points.

Big South basketball tips off Friday, Nov. 12 with six men's programs in action.  The first Conference game is set for Thursday, Dec. 2, and the season culminates with the 2011 Advance Auto Parts Big South Basketball Championship.  The men's tournament is March 1-5, and the Championship game will again be televised live on ESPN2 on Saturday, March 5 at 4:00pm.

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Team (first-place votes)



















10 

Points

 1. Coastal Carolina (10)

100

63

32

7

--

--

4

--

--

--

206

 2. Winthrop (5)

50

72

32

--

24

10

--

3

--

--

191

 3. UNC Asheville (4)

40

36

32

35

30

5

--

3

--

--

181

 4. Presbyterian College (4)

40

18

32

14

36

5

8

3

2

1

159

 5. High Point

--

9

8

42

24

40

16

--

--

--

139

 6. Liberty (1)

10

9

16

21

6

20

32

6

4

--

124

 7.

 Charleston Southern

 --

9

16

35

12

15

8

12

6

2

115

 8. VMI

 --

--

24

--

--

15

8

21

16

1

85

 9. Radford

 --

--

--

14

12

5

16

21

14

1

83

 10. Gardner-Webb

 --

--

--

--

--

--

4

3

6

19

32



Note: points are based on a weighted system, with first-place votes receiving 10 points, followed by nine points for second-place, and so on.