Bobcat Basketball Picked Third In MAC East

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The Ohio University Men’s Basketball team has been picked to finish third in the East Division in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll.

A 25-member MAC News Media Panel determined the poll on Tuesday before the league’s preseason media teleconference.

Akron was picekd to finish first in the MAC East with a league-high 14 votes to win the conference tournament. Toledo nearly swept the MAC East with 24 votes to finish atop the division.

Ohio returns eight players from a 2012-2013 team that lost in the first round of the 2013 NIT tournament. The ‘Cats also earned a share of the MAC regular season title.

The Bobcats will be welcoming in six newcomers to the basketball program, including five freshmen and one junior college transfer.

The Green & White will open the 2013-2014 season on Saturday with an exhibition game against Ashland at the Convocation Center. Ohio begins the regular season on Nov. 9 at home against Northern Iowa.