YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's basketball team, coming off one of the best seasons in program history, has been picked to finish second in the Capital Athletic Conference in the 2015-16 season by the coaches as the league released the preseason poll on Wednesday.
Salisbury earned two first-place votes and 68 points, finishing behind only Christopher Newport University, who gained the other eight first-place votes and 80 points in the poll.
Last year, Salisbury posted a 21-8 record and won the CAC championship for the second time in program history, defeating Christopher Newport by a point in the title game. The Sea Gulls won their first-round NCAA tournament game, 66-54, over Eastern Connecticut State University, before falling in the second round.
Salisbury returns first-team All-CAC selection Justin Witmer this season, along with two other starters.
St. Mary's College of Maryland lands one spot behind Salisbury, while the University of Mary Washington (54 points), and Marymount (Va.) University (44 points) finished out the top half of the poll.
Wesley College (37 points) is predicted to finish sixth, followed by York College of Pennsylvania (33), Frostburg State University (29), Penn State University-Harrisburg (27) and Southern Virginia University (11).
The Sea Gulls open the season this Friday, November 13 at the Widener Tipoff tournament against Rowan University. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
To see the CAC preseason poll, click here.
To see the CAC preseason video, click here.