TOWSON, Md. – After claiming its first Landmark title last season, Moravian College was selected as the favorite in the Landmark preseason coaches' poll, which is voted on by the league's eight coaches.
Head Coach Justin Potts returns for his fourth season with 11 returning players and the entire starting line-up for the Greyhounds. Seniors and 2018 Landmark All-Conference First Team honorees Oneil Holder and Jimmy Murray are both already over 1,000 points for their careers and look to continue to move up the list.
Last year’s playoff team, Drew University, return four starters from last year's team that went 16-11 (9-5 LC), and was selected second in the poll with 49 points. Junior guard Riley Collins fronts the Rangers after netting 18.0 points per game last season, earning First Team All-Landmark Conference and Third-Team All-Metropolitan honors. A trio of senior starters also return, including forward Nate Aldrich, who averaged a double-double (13.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg) a year ago. Seniors Darius Reiter (8.1 ppg) and Dan Roibal (6.9 ppg) also return as starters in the backcourt while 10 additional returners will help provide a deep bench.
University of Scranton earned 44 points and the final first-place vote for third. The Royals will be young, but athletic. They're ability to shoot the ball and rebound as a team will be key factors in a bounce back from last season, when they missed the Landmark playoffs for the first time.
Catholic University picked up 40 points to round out the top half of the poll. Since the Landmark Conference began prior to the 2007-08 season, Catholic is second in overall wins during that time with 202, trailing only Scranton who has 221. The Cardinals are also second in conference wins over that span with 104 and have won 65.8 percent of their games.
Susquehanna University finished fifth with 38 points, followed by Juniata College in sixth with 28 points. Elizabethtown College earned 21 points for seventh and Goucher College rounded out the poll in eighth with 14 points.
The top four teams in the final regular season standings qualify for postseason play in the Landmark Conference Tournament. The top two seeds will host semifinals Feb. 20 with the highest remaining seed scheduled to host the championship Feb. 23. The conference champion will earn the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
|2018-19 Landmark Men's Basketball Preseason Poll|
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