Three Major Publications Name Bobcats Preseason NEC Favorite

HAMDEN, Conn. - Three major publications have named the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team as the preseason favorite to win the Northeast Conference Championship. Athlon Sports, Lindy's and The Sporting News each picked the Bobcats to win the league title.

"It's an honor to be chosen as the favorite in the Northeast Conference this year by such prestigious national media outlets," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Tom Moore. "The ranking is based on the accomplishments of last year's team and the potential of some of our newcomers. Obviously, a lot of hard work will have to be done if we are to fulfill these predictions, and I expect the Northeast Conference race to be a highly-competitive one."

In each publication, reigning NEC Player of the Year Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) was named as the favorite to win the award again in 2010-11. The Sporting News also named Moore to repeat as NEC Coach of the Year.

Junior James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) was also named to the All-NEC First and Second Teams, by The Sporting News and Lindy's, respectively. Johnson was named the best playmaker in the league by Lindy's, while Rutty took the best rebounder honors from the same publication.

The Sporting News likes the Bobcats to take a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament, while Athlon picked Quinnipiac to defeat Stony Brook in the new "First Four" format. Under Athlon's blueprint, the Bobcats would face top-seeded Purdue in the first round.

The Bobcats open the 2010-11 season Nov. 13, when they face local rival Yale at the Second Annual Connecticut 6 Classic. Quinnipiac faces the Bulldogs in the 8 p.m. nightcap of the event, to be played at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.