The Frostburg State men's and women's basketball teams have each been voted third in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches Polls announced recently by the league office.
On the men's side, the Bobcats are ranked behind defending conference champion Pitt-Bradford and Penn State Behrend, last year's regular-season runner-up.
FSU welcomes back three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's squad that posted a 16-12 overall finish, including a 9-3 mark in the AMCC, and advanced to the AMCC title game for the second straight year.
After winning the 2001 championship, the Bobcats fell to Pitt-Bradford, 102-99, in an overtime thriller last season.
UPB tops the poll after a posting an 11-1 mark against conference foes and earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Panthers are led by senior forward Matt Beacom, who averaged 23.2 points and 8.6 rebounds last year and is this season's preseason Player of the Year.
Penn State Behrend, the regular-season runner-up each of the last two seasons, returns 10 letterwinners from last year's team that posted an 18-9 record and advanced to the ECAC Tournament. The Lions have been ousted by FSU in the AMCC semifinals each of the last two years.
On the women's side, the Bobcats have been selected third behind two-defending league champion Penn State Altoona and Pitt-Greensburg, last year's runner-up. FSU enters its second season under head coach Jody Pepple, whose squad finished 8-18 overall and 3-9 in the league last year.
The Bobcats welcome back four starters, including AMCC Preseason Player of the Year Kim Faust, who averaged 18.5 points and 10.6 rebounds a year ago.
The senior is one of seven returning letterwinners. FSU has also added a strong recruiting class as it seeks its second AMCC title in four years.
Penn State Altoona (19-6, 10-2) welcomes back all five starters, including three All-AMCC selections, while UPG (14-14, 9-3) returns its top eight players.
Both the FSU men's and women's teams will host tournaments the weekend of November 22-24. The Bobcat men will open the season against Waynesburg on Friday, Noveber 22 at 8:00 pm in the Bobcat Tip-Off Tournament, while FSU's women will start the year versus Wilson on Saturday, November 23 at 8:00 pm in the Frostburg State Jim Crawley Invitational.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303