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    Released yesterday -- determined by a six-man committee comprised of two representatives from each of the region's three conferences.


    1. IUP (3 votes) - 0-2
    2. Shippensburg (2)
    3. Fairmont State
    4. Wheeling Jesuit (1)
    5. West Liberty
    6. Virginia State
    7. Virginia Union
    8. Kutztown
    9. Shepherd
    10. East Stroudsburg

    Receiving votes: Gannon, Notre Dame, Bowie


    Personally, at this point, I probably put Shippensburg first followed by Wheeling Jesuit and then IUP, Fairmont and WL as interchangeable.


    That said ... some real marquee match-ups this weekend right of the bat.

    Virginia State at IUP
    Virginia Union at Shippensburg
    Gannon vs. Wheeling Jesuit

    This is a great chance for the CIAA to make a statement. And, don't fall asleep on Slippery Rock.

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    Virginia State, Bowie State and Virginia Union should be solid this year. Winston Salem and Fayetteville State will be much improved.

    VSU should at a minimum split the series. Looking forward to see how the fare against IUP.


    Here is the Men's team at a glance:

    Coach: Lonnie Blow Jr., 78-33 in three years (140-60 career)

    Last year: 22-6, 13-4 CIAA

    Projected starting five: Guard Waymond Wright, 5-11, senior; guard Trey Brown, senior, 6-3; guard/forward Cyonte Melvin, 6-3, junior; guard/forward Walter Williams, 6-4, junior; forward Richard Granberry, 6-8, senior.

    Biggest losses: Guard Kevin Williams (12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists); forward Elijah Moore (12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds).

    How they’ll do: The Trojans are losing two all-CIAA players in Kevin Williams and Elijah Moore, but return one in Richard Granberry. Granberry and Walter Williams were named preseason all-CIAA and Virginia State was picked to finish first by conference coaches. The Trojans’ success will likely depend on how well Wright, Melvin and newcomer Brandon Holley can fill the void left by Kevin Williams in the backcourt.

    With that being said, Brandon Holley is a great addition and can fill it up from the outside. Melvin is a lockdown defensive guy and can jump out of the gym. Needs work on his outside shot. Williams can stretch a defense but seems to lose focus at times. VSU isn't especially tall this year but have more playmakers than they had in the past. If I don't make it to the CIAA FB championship game I may head up to IUP on Saturday for the BB game.

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    If you make the trip there is a Hilton Garden Inn literally about 40' from the front of the KCAC. Thanks for posting the information. IUP historically has had a great series with Bowie State. Always close games. After last weekend I would have preferred a little easier game than VA State but ... too late for that now. Bowie actually won up here early in the season two years ago. It was a thriller. IUP was up like 23-25 points in the first half and then Bowie went bonkers in the second half. I've seen hundreds of IUP games and that one still sticks out in my 'Top 10'.

    IUP may have a little different look this week. The starting PG is questionable for this weekend with a knee issue. If he's going to play I'd suspect it would be Saturday night and sit Friday.

    UPJ will be a nice game for you Friday night. They are very well-coached and play pretty soundly, mistake-free basketball. They have a very good (4-year starting) senior point guard and real strong small forward who can get real hot from the outside. Depth is usually their big obstacle. The starting five is typically pretty good but the bench is thin.

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    That's good to know. I'm a HH member so that's perfect. Don't know much about UPJ but they seem like a solid team. I did watch the VSU - Norfolk State game this past Saturday and VSU goes 9 deep in the rotation. They have 6 new players and they are learning the system and how to play together. Saw some mistakes but was impressed with what I saw. Holley will be the key and with Owens and Corum coming off the bench, there isn't much drop off. I can see some early stumbles with this team but I do think they will be a playoff team come the end of the season. Looking forward to a game at the KCAC. Very nice facility.

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    Men's

    12-4-2017 - D2SIDA Atlantic Region Media Poll

    1. Wheeling Jesuit (7-0)
    2. Virginia State (6-0)
    3. West Liberty (7-0)
    4. West Chester (7-0)
    5. East Stroudsburg (6-0)
    6. Kutztown (6-1)
    7. Shippensburg (6-2)
    8. Fairmont State (5-2)
    9. IUP (6-4)
    10. Johnson C. Smith (7-2)

    Receiving Votes: Edinboro (1), Slippery Rock (2)

    Dropped out: Edinboro

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    Gannon has already played 1, 4, 6, and 7 and plays 5 on Saturday. Good grief.

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    My opinion .. take it for what it's worth .... West Liberty is the best team in the Atlantic.

    The second ... is about 3 miles behind.

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    Updated this morning


    1. West Liberty (13-0)

    2. West Chester (12-0)

    3. Virginia State (13-1)

    4. Wheeling Jesuit (12-2)

    5. Kutztown (9-3)

    6. IUP (10-4)

    7. East Stroudsburg (9-3)

    8. Shippensburg (9-3)

    9. Slippery Rock (12-2)

    10. Fairmont State (10-4)

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    That my friend, is a very competitive, very deep Region...Yikes...

    When SRU and Fairmont are your 9 and 10 teams, that's a slog right there... Maybe I'm biased, but can't imagine another region having their 9 and 10th capable of beating most of the top 8

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    Don't forget Edinboro and Virginia Union. Gannon is good, too. Those final 8 spots are going to be a war. The PSAC is very deep this year ... probably the deepest it has been in years. The downside, of course, will be the cannibalization factor.

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    Ship looked pretty powerful today in handing West Chester just its second loss. Raiders had some defensive lapses early in the season, but today, they really clamped down in the first half. West Chester hit everything it was throwing up down the stretch, but Ship wins 93-83 at home. 31 for Dustin Sleva, 22 for John Costello, 20 for Justin McCarthur.

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    Anybody counting Sleva and Ship out ............ have another beer.


    PSAC, my opinion, goes thru Sleva.

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