October 12, 2012

Lions Crack the Preseason Top-25 for the First Time

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University men's basketball team is ranked 23rd in the Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 it was announced in the publication's preseason release on Friday. This marks the first time the Lions have cracked the Top-25 in the D2 Bulletin in the program's history.

West Liberty earns the top-spot in the poll and is a team the Lions are familiar with.  Saint Leo and the Hilltoppers squared off last season in a close game that was only decided in the final minutes.  With nearly every Saint Leo player returning from last year, it served as a good test to see where the Lions stand amongst the nation's elite teams; a group which now includes Saint Leo.

No. 15 Florida Southern joins the Lions in the preseason poll as the only other team from the Sunshine State Conference to be represented.  The Lions swept the regular-season series against the Mocs in 2011-12 for the first in the program's history as they also faced Florida Southern in the SSC Tournament Championship Game back in March.  

The 2012-13 Lions, who will be involved in Moonlight Madness festivities Tuesday after volleyball in the Bowman Center, tip off this year's campaign November 2 with an exhibition game against the University of Miami in Coral Gables. The regular season starts November 9 when Saint Leo hosts recent NCAA transplant and NAIA powerhouse Shorter University.

Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25

1. West Liberty
2. Franklin Pierce
3. Findlay
4. Washburn
5. Metro State
6. Ala. Huntsville
7. Colorado Mines
8. Western Washington
9. Bellarmine
10. Seattle Pacific
11. Winona St.
12. Stonehill
13. Christian Brothers
14. Bloomfield
15. Florida Southern
16. Montevallo
17. Southern Indiana
18. Chico St.
19. NW Missouri
20. Indianapolis
21. Barton
22. Midwestern St.
23. Saint Leo
24. East Stroudsburg
25. Lincoln Memorial

Others to watch: Arknasas Tech, Shaw, Philadelphia, C.W. Post, Indiana (Pa.), Charleston, Anderson, SW Minnesota, St. Mary's, Tarleton St., Mo. Southern, Michigan Tech, Missouri-St. Louis, USC Aiken