Men's Basketball Picked To Finish Third By NEC's Coaches

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team has been selected to finish tied for third in the Northeast Conference by the league's coaches, the conference office today announced on its annual preseason media teleconference. In addition, 2008-09 All-Northeast Conference First Team pick Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) was selected to the Preseason All-NEC Team.

The Bobcats return the league's leading scorer, James Feldeine (New York, N.Y.), who averaged 17.0 points per game last season, as well as the league's leading rebounder in Rutty, who grabbed 9.8 rebounds per game. Included in Rutty's rebounding average was a 4.6 offensive rebounds per game average, which is tops among returning players in the nation.

Mount St. Mary's was picked to win the league with nine first-place votes, while Long Island was picked second with one first-place vote. Robert Morris garnered two first-place votes in tying Quinnipiac for the third-place position.

A pair of Connecticut schools, Central Connecticut and Sacred Heart, followed in fifth and sixth, respectively, while St. Francis (N.Y.) and Fairleigh Dickinson rounded out the coaches' selection to earn berths into the eight-team Northeast Conference Tournament field.

Monmouth, Wagner, Bryant and Saint Francis (Pa.) were selected in that order to take the final four spots in the poll.

The Bobcats open the 2009-10 season when they play the University of Hartford, Nov. 13, as part of the first annual Connecticut 6 Classic to be played at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn.