Saint Louis picked to repeat

[ATLANTIC-10: Men] Defending champion Saint Louis has been picked to repeat in the Atlantic-10’s preseason poll of the league’s 12 head coaches.

Saint Louis brings back all but one starter from last year’s team that posted 16 wins, captured its second A-10 Championship and the No. 8 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Reigning A-10 Coach of the Year Mike McGinty returns four All-Atlantic 10 performers from a season ago, including first-team forward Robert Kristo, who garnered 27 points last season on 11 goals and five assists. Also back are Alex Sweetin and defenders Anthony Manning and Jon Roeckle.

Atlantic-10 Preseason Poll:

Saint Louis (16-5-0; 7-2-0) 143 (11)
VCU (12-4-5; 6-1-2) 133 (1)
George Mason (11-6-2; 4-5-1 CAA) 113
Dayton (11-5-2; 5-3-1) 112
La Salle (10-7-3; 4-4-1) 89
Fordham (6-7-4; 2-4-3) 84
Duquesne (7-12-1; 4-4-1) 70
Rhode Island (4-11-3; 3-5-1) 51
Massachusetts (5-10-2; 2-7-0) 50
George Washington (5-13-0; 2-7-0) 48
St. Bonaventure (5-14-0; 3-6-0) 28
Saint Joseph’s (5-11-2; 1-6-2) 15

Preseason All-Atlantic-10 Team:
F – Simon Gomez, Duquesne
F – Robert Kristo, Saint Louis
F – Emmett O’Connor, St. Bonaventure
M - Romena Bowie, VCU
M - David Graydon, Saint Louis
M - Alex Sweetin, Saint Louis
M - Jason Plumhoff, La Salle
D - Dennis Castillo, VCU
D - Anthony Manning Saint Louis
D - Juan Monge, VCU
GK - John McCarthy, La Salle
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