UTPB Men's Basketball picked to finish 5th in LSC Preseason Poll

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RICHARDSON - UT Permian Basin men's basketball was selected to finish the 2018-19 season ranked 5th in a vote of league head coaches, sports information directors and media members, the conference announced Wednesday.

The Falcons received 161 total points in voting that predicts the upcoming standings for the next season and received a pair of first-place votes.

UT Permian Basin enters this season with first-year head coach Josh Newman at the helm and a roster that features 13 newcomers with zero returning players from last season.

"I'm looking forward to seeing this team grow throughout the year," said Newman. We are building a new team with a completely new identity and roster. The question will be how soon can we become a team and create that identity. With 13 new players and a new coaching staff it could take a little longer than we would like, but that's why it's called a process."

The Falcons are coming off of their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance that included the first two tournament wins in program history.

UTPB opens its 2018-19 season with a Nov. 6 exhibition game on the road at UTEP, and the Falcons kick off the regular season later that weekend with games in Colorado against Adams State and Western State Colorado.

Texas A&M-Commerce is the top choice in the 2018-19 Lone Star Conference men’s basketball preseason poll announced Wednesday.

The league's preseason polls reflect the opinions of LSC head coaches and sports information directors, plus various media representatives from throughout the region.

A&M-C earned the top spot with 15 first-place votes and 254 points. The Lions were 22-9 overall and 12-6 in league play last season and posted their first NCAA Regional tournament win in 13 years.

West Texas A&M, who claimed the LSC regular season and tournament titles last season, was second with 238 points and 11 top votes just in front of Tarleton State with 236 points. Angelo State was fourth with 185 points.

UT Permian Basin was picked fifth with 161 points and the two remaining top nods. Midwestern State was sixth (149) followed by Eastern New Mexico (102), Cameron (87), Texas A&M-Kingsville (86), and Western New Mexico (42).

A&M-C’s Reggie Reid was the top choice as Preseason Player of the Year receiving 12 of the 28 votes.

Reid, a 6-0 senior guard from Harlem, Georgia, was tabbed LSC Newcomer of the Year and first-team All-LSC after leading the Lions and ranking fifth in the LSC in scoring, netting 16.3 points per contest. He averaged 4.2 assists per game, which was fifth in the conference.

The LSC has 10 teams set for this season and the league race should be as tight as ever. The season begins in early November with LSC teams playing a double round robin league schedule, in which each team plays a home and away contest against each of the other teams to determine the LSC champion.

The LSC champion will be the regular season winner determined by league games, while the postseason tournament winner is designated as LSC Tournament Champion and earns the conference’s automatic qualification. The top eight teams in the final conference standings qualify for the postseason tournament set for March 7-10, 2019, at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.