SALEM, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll on Thursday morning at the league’s annual media day held at the Salem Civic Center. Washington and Lee was picked to finish eighth out of the conference’s 11 programs.
Guilford, a 2009 National Semifinalist, received 10 of the 11 first-place votes and tops the poll with 119 points. Virginia Wesleyan, last season’s ODAC Champion, garnered the final first-place vote and accumulated 103 points to tie with Randolph-Macon (103) for second place. Eastern Mennonite was fourth with 83 points and was followed by Hampden-Sydney (80), Roanoke (63), Bridgewater (54), W&L (44), Emory & Henry (36), Randolph (24) and Lynchburg (17).
The Generals finished as the conference runner-up in 2009, advancing to the finals as the eighth-seed, the lowest seed ever to appear in the championship game. W&L dropped that contest to seventh-seeded Virginia Wesleyan by a score of 66-62 to finish 16-13 overall and 6-10 in the conference.
W&L graduated six seniors from last year’s club and returns just six players for the 2009-10 season. Among the returnees are senior forwards Ben Goetsch (Timonium, Md./Gilman) and Zac White (Baltimore, Md./Park School), who finished third and fourth on the team in scoring last season, respectively.
Goetsch started 26 contests and averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor. White earned Honorable Mention All-ODAC laurels after averaging 9.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21 starts.
Washington and Lee opens its 2009-10 slate by hosting Greensboro College on Sun., Nov. 15 at 2:00 pm.
2009-10 ODAC Men’s Basketball
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Guilford (10) 119 pts.
2. Virginia Welseyan (1) 103 pts.
2. Randolph-Macon 103 pts.
4. Eastern Mennonite 83 pts.
5. Hampden-Sydney 80 pts.
6. Roanoke 63 pts.
7. Bridgewater 54 pts.
8. Washington and Lee 44 pts.
9. Emory & Henry 36 pts.
10. Randolph 24 pts.
11. Lynchburg 17 pts.
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