November 1, 2012

Tigers Picked Second in ODAC Basketball Preseason Poll

FOREST, VA – Hampden-Sydney basketball was picked second in the annual ODAC Basketball Preseason Poll as voted on by league coaches. Virginia Wesleyan received top billing with 121 points and 11 first place votes, H-SC finished with 109 points, and Randolph-Macon received the other first-place vote to earn 99 points.

Last year, the Tigers finished 19-8 overall and 11-5 in the ODAC to finish in a tie for third. Hampden-Sydney defeated Randolph-Macon on Senior Day, breezed by Lynchburg in the ODAC quarterfinals, and lost by a mere two points in the ODAC Semifinals against Virginia Wesleyan.

Hampden-Sydney is one of only two teams to have multiple All-ODAC players returning in Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) and Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury). George earned First-Team honors for the second straight year along with being named Third-Team All-Region by D3Hoops.com. Williamson was tabbed to the Third-Team after having a breakout sophomore campaign.

"We are honored to be picked near the top of the ODAC in the preseason poll," said Head Coach Dee Vick. "We have an experienced team and the poll we care about the most is at the end of the year and not at the beginning. The ODAC will once again be one of the most competitive conferences in the country."

Hampden-Sydney lost only two contributors on last year's team – Ben Jessee and Ru White – and were voted 25th in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 Preaseason Poll. With a wealth of talent returning and three talented newcomers, the Tigers are poised for a run at the ODAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

2012-13 ODAC MEN'S BASKETBALL PREASON POLL

(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Virginia Wesleyan (11)

121 pts.

2. Hampden-Sydney

109 pts.

3. Randolph-Macon (1)

99 pts.

4. Guilford

87 pts.

5. Randolph

72 pts.

6. Eastern Mennonite

69 pts.

7. Lynchburg

67 pts.

8. Washington and Lee

64 pts.

9. Bridgewater

30 pts.

9. Emory & Henry

30 pts.

9. Roanoke College

30 pts.

12. Shenandoah

14 pts.