LANCASTER, PA – Johns Hopkins has been picked to finish fifth the 2017-18 Centennial Conference Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll of head coaches and athletic communications directors it was announced today. Individuals were not permitted to vote for their own team.
Swarthmore is picked to repeat as the conference champion as the Garnet earned 14 first-place votes and 157 points. Franklin & Marshall garnered two first-place votes and 137 points to come in second in the poll. Dickinson is third with 131 points and three first-place votes and Ursinus is fourth with 116 points and one first-place vote. Hopkins rounds out the top five with 104 points.
Last season, Hopkins went 16-10 overall and 12-6 in the CC to finish in a three-way tie for second place. The Blue Jays’ season ended with a first-round loss to the Ursinus Bears at Goldfarb Gym. First-year head coach Josh Loeffler inherits three starters – Kyle Doran, Michael Gardner and Daniel Vila – from last year’s squad. Doran led the Blue Jays with 11.7 points and ranked second with 5.0 boards per game. Gardner was third on the team with 11.0 points and second with 2.1 assists per game. He also led the league in three-point percentage, connecting on 44.8 percent of his shots. Vila averaged 6.8 points and 3.2 boards while leading the team with 1.8 blocks per game.
Hopkins kicks off the season on Wednesday, November 15 as the Blue Jays host the Marymount Saints. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 pm at Goldfarb Gym.
Centennial Conference Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll
Rk.-School (1st place votes) – Points
1-Swarthmore (14) – 157 points
2-Franklin & Marshall (2) – 137 points
3-Dickinson (3) – 131 points
4-Ursinus (1) – 116 points
5-Johns Hopkins – 104 points
6-McDaniel – 68 points
7-Gettysburg – 67 points
8-Muhlenberg – 58 points
9-Haverford – 33 points
10-Washington College – 29 points