Crusaders Picked Fourth In Patriot League Preseason Poll

Phil Beans

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Holy Cross men's basketball team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the 2012-2013 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. The Crusaders received 55 total points in the conference preseason poll, to tie with Lafayette for fourth place.

Lehigh placed first in the poll, with 96 total points and 12 first-place votes, followed by Bucknell in second with 88 points and four first-place votes, and American in third with 66 points. The preseason rankings were rounded out by Army (sixth, 47 points), Colgate (seventh, 26 points) and Navy (eighth, 15 points).

Holy Cross is scheduled to open the 2012-2013 regular season on Friday, November 9, when it travels to Old Dominion for a 7:15 p.m. game.


  Team (1st place) Votes
1. Lehigh (12) 96
2. Bucknell (4) 88
3. American 66
4. Holy Cross 55
  Lafayette 55
6. Army 47
7. Colgate 26
8. Navy 15


Name, Yr., Pos., School
Cameron Ayers, Jr., G, Bucknell
Ella Ellis, Sr., F, Army
Gabe Knutson, Sr., F, Lehigh
C.J. McCollum, Sr., G, Lehigh
Mike Muscala, Sr., C, Bucknell

Preseason Player of the Year:

C.J. McCollum, Sr., G, Lehigh