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ECU Picked 11th In Conference USA Preseason Poll



ECU Picked 11th In Conference USA Preseason Poll

DALLAS, Texas The East Carolina men's basketball team has been picked to finish 11th in the preseason coaches' poll released by Conference USA on Tuesday, its highest preseason conference prediction since joining the league in 2001-02.

East Carolina earned 55 points in the poll, 10 less than 10th-place Southern Miss and 14 more than 12th place Tulane. Louisville was an overwhelming favorite to finish first with 192 points and 11 first place votes. Memphis received two first place votes and was picked to finish second, while Cincinnati received the other remaining first place vote and was picked to finish third. Charlotte was picked to finish fourth followed by UAB, DePaul, Marquette, Saint Louis and TCU. Houston and USF rounded out the poll in 13th and 14th place, respectively.

Under the watchful care of sixth-year head coach Bill Herrion, the Pirates welcome back two starters, two additional letterwinners and eight newcomers into the program. East Carolina closed out the 2003-04 season by winning four of its final five games and finished the season with an overall record of 13-14 and in 11th place in Conference USA with a 5-11 mark. The Pirates were close in many of those losses, as seven of its 11 conference losses were by six points or less.

East Carolina will host an open scrimmage this Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum prior to the Pirates' football game with Army.

ECU plays exhibition games against Newberry (Nov. 4) and Barton (Nov. 11) before opening the season against Pepperdine on Nov. 17 at 12 noon in the first round of the BCA Invitational in Raleigh.