WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Basketball team is looking to start their season as they left off last year in Mid-South Conference (MSC) play, at the top holding the hardware. Although the Patriots have lost key seniors to graduation, with championship hungry returners and a talented recruiting class, the Patriots are picked in the upper half of the MSC pack for the 2012-2013 season as they have been picked fourth in the MSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Georgetown College men’s basketball team is once again favored to win the Mid-South Conference title in 2012-2013 according to the poll released by the Mid-South Conference. The Tigers received 85 voting points along with 5 first-place votes. The University of the Cumberlands is ranked fourth behind Georgetown College, University of Pikeville, and Lindsey Wilson College.
While Georgetown looks like they have the upper hand with 85 voting points, the University of Pikeville finished close behind in second with 80 voting points with 4 of the first-place votes. In third is Lindsey Wilson College with 74 voting points as well as one first-place vote.
The Patriots are projected to finish fourth in the Mid-South Conference finishing with 68 voting points and one first-place vote. Campbellsville University earned enough votes for fifth with 57 voting points followed closely by St. Catharine College as they received 52 voting points. Newcomer Cumberland University is expected to finish seventh in the conference with 46 voting points while the University of Rio Grande and Shawnee State University are tied for the eighth place spot with 28 voting points apiece. UVA-Wise finished tenth with 17 voting points while Bluefield College finished in last with 15 voting points.
The poll is voted on by the MSC coaches as each coach is not allowed to vote for their own team.
The Patriots had an unforgettable season in 2011-2012 upsetting the heavy favorite Georgetown Tigers in the Mid-South Conference Championship game. The Patriots received an automatic bid to the National Tournament in Kansas City where they lost a close battle to Southern Polytechnic State University in the first round 66-60.
The Patriots will open their 2012-2013 season at home against Indiana University Southeast on October 30, 2012. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM in the O. Wayne Rollins Center.