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Preseason Media Basketball Polls Mirror Coaches Selections; Lady Catamounts Tabbed Second, Men Fifth in the North Division

Oct. 30, 2008

Charlotte, N.C. - Preseason prognostications tabulated today from the Southern Conference Sports Media Association's vote mirrored that of the league's head coaches polling as Chattanooga edged Western Carolina on the women's side, with the Catamount men tabbed fifth in the SoCon's North Division.

In the women's voting, UTC claimed 12-of-15 first-place nods in the balloting and 162 points overall to edge WCU, which received the remaining three first-place votes. The Lady Catamounts' 152 points were 20 more than third-place Davidson (132).

2008-09 SCSMA Women's Basketball Preseason Media Poll

Samford (117) earned the fourth-highest total in the poll while Georgia Southern (101) was chosen to finish fifth and College of Charleston (87) to place sixth. UNC Greensboro (77), Furman (54) and Wofford (49) earned the seventh, eighth and ninth spots, respectively, as Appalachian State (35) and Elon (24) rounded out the women's media poll.

On the men's side, Chattanooga and Davidson were again tabbed preseason favorites in each division for the 2008-09 Southern Conference Men's Basketball titles in a vote of the league's media members.

Chattanooga captured 17 of 20 first-place votes to earn first place in the North Division. Appalachian State picked up two first-place votes and finished with 92 points for second place, while Elon earned the final first-place vote and took third place with 80 points. UNC Greensboro (62), Western Carolina (37) and Samford (32) completed the divisional standings.

2008-09 SCSMA Women's Basketball Preseason Media Poll

With 119 total points including 19 of 20 first-place votes, Davidson was predicted to win the SoCon's South Division. The College of Charleston earned the final first-place vote and finished second with 98 total points. Georgia Southern (79) was chosen third, followed by Wofford (56), Furman (44) and The Citadel (24).

Voting on both the men's and women's head coaches and media polls were announced in conjunction with the league's Media Tip-Off event held at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel.

Western Carolina will open its respective 2008-09 men's and women's basketball campaigns on Friday, Nov. 14 as the Lady Catamounts face North Carolina in the preseason Women's NIT, while the Catamount men travel to Connecticut.