Nov. 8 – Returning seven seniors to a team that captured 11 victories in 2016-17, the Hiram College men's basketball team was selected sixth in the North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, announced the NCAC on Wednesday.
The Terriers, who earned the sixth seed in last season's NCAC Championship Tournament, finished the year with an eight-win mark in conference play.
Selected sixth in this year's preseason poll, the Terriers earned 55 points, ranking two points behind fifth-place Wabash (57) and four points short of fourth-place Denison (59).
The Terriers return ten letterwinners and four starters to their squad in 2017, including Second-Team All-NCAC selection, senior Kelvin Jones. Last season, Jones was the lone player in the NCAC to average a double-double and led the Nation in field-goal percentage, shooting .691 on the year.
Last year's NCAC champion, The College of Wooster, was picked to repeat as champion again by the coaches, earning 96 points and six first-place votes. The other four first-place nods were given to Ohio Wesleyan, who tallied 93 points.
Wittenberg (73 points) came in third, followed by Denison, Wabash and the Terriers. Rounding out the poll were DePauw (7th – 44 points), Kenyon (8th – 37 points), Allegheny (9th – 25 points) and Oberlin (10th – 11 points).
The Hiram men's basketball team kicks off their season on Saturday, November 18 as they travel to Latrobe, Pa. to take on Saint Vincent College. The matchup is scheduled for 7 p.m.