Oct. 28, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its 2003-04 preseason basketball polls at Tuesday's Media Day in Madison Square Garden. Loyola's men picked up 13 points and were selected 10th overall.
The Greyhounds, a fairly young team entering the season, have one senior on its roster. Lindbergh Chatman will guide a Loyola squad that actually has five upperclassmen to along with four freshmen and four sophomores.
"For the first time since I've been at Loyola, we have five upperclassmen," says Head Coach Scott Hicks. "With any good program, you have to have returning players that have an impact. We'll be looking for a few people to step up and I'm excited that they will."
Among Hicks' returnees is junior Bernard Allen, last season's leading rebounder (7.0 rpg) and the top returning scorer (8.4 ppg) for the Greyhounds. Loyola also has four incoming freshmen and welcomes back redshirt sophomore Sean Corrigan, who missed last season with and injury.
"Sean Corrigan is probably our biggest surprised this preseason," says Hicks. "He's a very talented guy with good size (6-11) that will help us out on the offensive side."
In the polls, Manhattan is picked to repeat as MAAC Champions with eight first-place votes and 98 poll points. The Jaspers return four starters, including MAAC preseason Player of the Year Luis Flores.
"The MAAC will be very competitive this season," says Manhattan Coach Bobby Gonzalez. "Any good league is about its players and we have a lot of great players in our conference."
"Any team in this league can win," adds Flores. "From 1-10, each team has a chance at ending the year as number one."
Loyola opens the regular season agaisnt UMBC at the Battle of Baltimore Classic at Towson. This year's tipoff is 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.
Preseason MAAC Basketball Poll1. Manhattan2. Niagara3. Iona4. Siena5. Fairfield6. Marist7. St. Peter's8. Rider9. Canisius10. Loyola