NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 14 head men's basketball coaches of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) have selected Philadelphia University to be the favorite in the southern division in the 2013-14 CACC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll announced by the conference office on Monday.
Philadelphia—led by Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame head coach Herb Magee—received eight of the 14 first-place votes and earned 92 points.
The Rams return 10 players, including four starters, from last year's team reached the championship game of the CACC Tournament, posted a 19-10 overall record, and finished second in the southern division.
Leading the list of returnees is 2013 All-CACC third team selection and 2013-14 Division II Bulletin Preseason All-American honorable mention sophomore forward Peter Alexis. (Wilkes Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer). Last season, Alexis was the CACC leader—and sixth in Division II—with a .636 field goal. He also ranked second in the conference in blocks (55), seventh in rebounding (8.7 per game), and 15th in scoring (15.0 points per game).
Sophomore guard Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) is the reigning CACC rookie of the year. He placed eighth in the CACC in free throw percentage (.831), 10th in assists (87), and 23rd in scoring (13.8). He was the team-leader in assists and third in scoring.
Senior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem) was first on the team in steals (40), and second in rebounding (6.8 per game) and assists (70). He ranked ninth in the CACC in rebounding, 11th in steals, and 15th in assists. Christian added 9.2 points per game. Junior guard Nick Schlitzer (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) averaged 8.9 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Holy Family—the 2012-13 southern division champions—came in second in the poll with 89 points and the other six first-place votes.
USciences and Chestnut Hill were selected third and fourth with 65 and 56 points, respectively. Goldey-Beacom placed fifth (42 points) and Wilmington was sixth (34 points). First-year program Georgian Court rounded out the south with 14 points.
In the north, defending CACC champion Bloomfield garnered 13 first-place votes to take the poll's top spot with 97 points. Post (74 points), Dominican (62 points), and Caldwell (49 points) occupied the other three points in the top four. The Chargers got the other first-place vote.
Concordia was fifth with 40 points, and Nyack and Felician were tied for sixth with 35 points.
Philadelphia opens the 2013-14 season against the College of St. Rose in the first day of the East Region Classic at Holy Family on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m.