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Little East Conference preseason basketball polls released

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference pre-season basketball coaches' polls have been announced, and Plymouth State University tied for third in the in the men's voting and finished sixth in the women's standings. The votes were cast by the conference's head basketball coaches, and the polls were released by LEC Commissioner William M. Moore.

The Panther men's basketball team, which finished third in the LEC regular season a year ago and advanced to its third straight LEC Tournament championship game, tied defending champion Western Connecticut for the third spot in this year's poll. Rhode Island College, which shared the regular season crown with WestConn last winter, received five of the eight first-place votes this year to top the poll, while Keene State got two first-place votes and finished second. The lower half of the poll includes UMass Dartmouth in fifth (with one first-place vote), followed by Eastern Connecticut, UMass Boston and Southern Maine.

The Panther women's basketball team, which tied for fifth in last year's LEC standings, was picked sixth in this year's preseason poll. Perennial champion Southern Maine received all eight first-place votes to run away with the voting. Eastern Connecticut, Keene State and Rhode Island College rounded out the top half of the poll, while the bottom half included Western Conn., PSU, UMass Dartmouth and UMass Boston.

The LEC basketball tournaments are scheduled for the last week in February, with the conference champions receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The complete Little East Conference basketball preseason poll results are listed below:

2005-06 LEC Men's Hoop Pre-Season Poll
1. Rhode Island College (5) 60
2. Keene State (2) 53
T-3. Western Connecticut 41
T-3. Plymouth State 41
5. UMass-Dartmouth (1) 36
6. Eastern Connecticut 27
7. UMass Boston 18
8. Southern Maine 12

(first-place votes in parentheses)

2005-06 LEC Women's Hoop Pre-Season Poll
1. Southern Maine (8) 64
2. Eastern Connecticut 51
3. Keene State 47
4. Rhode Island College 40
5. Western Connecticut 31
6. Plymouth State 26
7. UMass Dartmouth 17
8. UMass Boston 12

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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