(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) – LaGrange College, under the direction of Head Coach Kendal Wallace in his sixth year, was picked in the preseason coaches' poll to capture the USA South Athletic Conference men's basketball title in 2017. Last season, the Panthers reached the finals of the USA South Tournament championship and earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third consecutive year. LaGrange received four of 11 first place votes and 90 points as head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.
Piedmont College finished second in the balloting with 77 points and one first place vote, followed by the defending USA South Tournament champions, Covenant College, in third with 70 points and three first place votes. Maryville College placed fourth in the voting with 69 points and one first place vote while Greensboro College and William Peace University tied for fifth with 59 points each. The defending USA South Regular Season champions, N.C. Wesleyan College, were seventh, picking up a first place vote and 55 points while Averett University checked in at the eighth spot with 48 points and grabbed the final first place vote. Ferrum College (46 points), Huntingdon College (20 points) and Methodist University (12 points) rounded out the poll.
The men's basketball regular season gets underway on Tuesday, November 15 as many of the Conference's 11 teams are in action.
The 2017 USA South Tournament will once again head to campus sites as the top-seeded team will host all three rounds of the tournament. The tournament will begin on Thursday, February 23, 2017 and conclude on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The top-eight seeded teams after the conclusion of regular season competition will advance to the tournament.
|2016-17 USA South Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll|
|Rank||Institution (1st Place Votes)||Pts.|
|7.||N.C. Wesleyan (1)||55|