Tulsa picked first in deep field

[CONFERENCE USA: Men] The Tulsa Golden Hurricane, which won the 2012 Conference USA championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's third round, has been selected as the preseason Conference USA men's favorite by a vote of the league's head coaches.

Tulsa sophomore Cristian Mata, who led the Golden Hurricane in goals (14), assists (6) and points (34), has been tabbed as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while New Mexico center back Kyle Venter was named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Charlotte led all league teams with three preseason team selections, while New Mexico and Tulsa both had two players named to the squad.
 
Six  teams in the C-USA this year made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012, including newcomers New Mexico, Charlotte, the 2011 national runner-up, and Old Dominion, ranked 2-3-4 in the preseason poll.

Conference USA Preseason Poll:
1. Tulsa (3) 92
2. New Mexico (4) 90
3. Charlotte (1) 82
4. Old Dominion 61
5. Kentucky 56
6. UAB (1) 55
7. South Carolina 44
8. FIU (1) 37
9. Marshall 23
10. Florida Atlantic 10

Conference USA Preseason Awards:
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Cristian Mata, F, Tulsa
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Venter, D, New Mexico
Preseason All-Conference USA Team
Thomas Allen, D, Charlotte
Giuseppe Gentile, F, Charlotte
Tyler Gibson, M, Charlotte
Steven Perinovic, D, Kentucky
Michael Calderon, M, New Mexico
Kyle Venter, D, New Mexico
Tim Hopkinson, F, Old Dominion
Braeden Troyer, M, South Carolina
Cristian Mata, F, Tulsa
Omar Mata, M, Tulsa
Darion Copeland, D, UAB
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