Castleton The Castleton State College men’s and women's basketball team were selected to finish second in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) preseason poll, in a vote of the conference’s coaches released by the NAC last week.
The Castleton women’s basketball team was selected to finish second in the North Atlantic Conference preseason poll as well, in a vote of the conference’s coaches released by the NAC on Tuesday.
Castleton women received three first-place votes and seven second-place votes to finish just behind Colby-Sawyer, who had 97 total points and seven first-place votes.
The Spartan men actually received five of a possible ten first-place votes and finished with 86 points, just four behind Husson. The Eagles earned four first-place votes and 90 points total as they return ten players from last year’s squad, which lost in the semifinals of the NAC tournament last year.
Last year, the Spartans were the second-highest scoring team in the nation averaging 92.8 points per game, while also ranking seventh in both assists (18.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (5.9). Reigning NAC Player of the Year Mark Comstock leads nine returners from last year's squad. Comstock led the conference in field goals and free throws made, while ranking among the top-ten in both field goal and free throw percentage. Comstock also led the league in points per 40 minutes, flourishing in 2012 NAC Coach of the Year Paul Culpo's high-scoring offense.
Colby-Sawyer received the final first-place vote after reaching the NAC Championship a season ago. University of Maine at Farmington and Thomas College rounded out the top-five respectively.
The season begins in earnest Thursday-through-Saturday with nine out of ten teams playing, while the conference slate is scheduled to start on Nov. 29.