Hofstra picked 8th again

It seems like people really think Hofstra is going to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association. Almost every preview magazine has the Pride there after losing Charles Jenkins and the coaches reiterated it today in their preseason poll.

A little bit of surprise was Drexel being picked first. The Dragons went 21-10 last season and return six of their top seven players, but didn’t play in the postseason in 2010-11, even after solid wins over Louisville, Rider, VCU and Old Dominion. Bruiser Flint’s team relies on a suffocating defense to win basketball games, but can All-CAA First Team member Samme Givens and junior Chris Fouch provide enough offense to get Drexel over the America East curse?

If not a host of conventional CAA powers will be there to pick up the slack. Drexel is followed in the preseason poll by George Mason, VCU and Old Dominion. All three also feature a First Team All-Conference player with Ryan Pearson, Bradford Burgess and Kent Bazemore respectively.

For Hofstra, a season after finishing third in the conference, tying the Pride’s best ever finish in the CAA, there are a lot of question marks. Jenkins is gone. Mike Moore is the new man, and a member of the All-Conference Preseason Second Team, and Hofstra is bringing in a bunch of fresh faces.

The unknown is a scary place, but that’s where the entire CAA is this season. Gone are Jenkins, Joey Rodriguez, Jamie Skeen, Cam Long, Jim Larranaga, Luke Hancock and Frank Hassell. Not a single All-Conference First Team selection from last season returns. It’s going to be a wild year. One where almost anything can happen. That’s why it’s ironic that everyone seems to think they know exactly where Hofstra will finish.

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