October 19, 2011

Conference Carolinas Basketball Rankings Released

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Conference Carolinas have released their Men's and Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll rankings for the 2011-12 season. King College Men's Basketball has been tabbed to finish fifth in the 11-team league while the Lady Tornado tied for an eighth place finish in the poll.

The Tornado were voted to finish fifth in their first year competing in Conference Carolinas after finishing the 2010-11 season with a trip to the NCCAA National Tournament. King ended their season in the National Tournament with a 71-63 win over Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) in the third place game of the tournament. The Tornado lost to eventual national runner-up Spring Arbor College (Mich.) by two points in the National Semi-Final game.

As a first-year NCAA Division II participant, King saw its top guard and NCCAA All-American Mark Dockery finished the year atop Division II in three-point field gold made per game with 4.2 per contest, last year. King finished the season 18-15 overall and exceled at the Student Center Complex with a 9-3 home record. During the off-season, the Tornado also made an addition to its coaching staff with the hire of former University of Tennessee Volunteer and professional player Damon Johnson.

Limestone College was voted to finish number one in the conference by their peers, receiving five of the available 11 first-place votes, edging out Queens University (N.C.) who also had five first-place votes but had three fewer overall points in the poll. Barton College (81) and Mount Olive College (77) are third and fourth in the poll, respectively. In the divisional breakdown, King is projected to finish second in the Western Division behind Limestone and in front of Belmont Abbey College.

The Lady Tornado has been tabbed to finish eighth in the league, tied with North Greenville University at 46 overall points each. In division play, points have placed King to finish tied for fourth in the Western Division, again with North Greenville.

King Women's Basketball is under new leadership this year with first-year head coach Josh Thompson taking the reins of a program that finished 13-17 overall last season. He and Assistant Coach Shelly Yount will build off of a returning roster that last year earned a seventh place finish at the 2010-11 NCCAA National Tournament. King earned the No. 1 seed at the National Tournament after defeating Oakland City University (Ind.) in the Mid-East regional championship game.

Guard Brooke Johnson (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) and team captain Kalen Collins (Wise, Va.) serve as the team's top returning scorers and will help Thompson lead the Lady Tornado into Conference Carolina play for the 2011-12 season. The Lady Tornado will begin the season on Nov. 12 on the road against Lincoln Memorial. They play at home for the first time on Dec. 6 against Mars Hill and begin league play on the road, Jan. 3 at North Greenville.

The men's season begins on Nov. 11 at Carson Newman. The Tornado host Milligan in their first home game on Dec. 7 and also begin conference play against North Greenville on Jan. 3.

 

Men's Basketball Coaches Poll

Points (1st)

 

EASTERN DIVISION

1. Limestone

94 (5)

 

1. Queens (N.C.)

2. Queens (N.C.)

91 (5)

 

2. Barton

3. Barton

81 (1)

 

3. Mount Olive

4. Mount Olive

77

 

4. Coker

5. King

61

 

5. Pfeiffer

6. Belmont Abbey

49

 

WESTERN DIVISION

7. Coker

47

 

1. Limestone

8. Pfeiffer

44

 

2. King

9. North Greenville

27

 

3. Belmont Abbey

10. Lees-McRae

18

 

4. North Greenville

11. Erskine

16

 

5. Lees-McRae

 
 
 

6. Erskine

 

Women's Basketball Coaches Poll

Points (1st)

 

EASTERN DIVISION

1. Barton

117 (8)

 

1. Barton

2. Limestone

111 (4)

 

2. Mount Olive

3. Mount Olive

99

 

3. Pfeiffer

4. Pfeiffer

86

 

4. Queens (N.C.)

t-5. Belmont Abbey

79

 

5. Coker

t-5. Queens (N.C.)

79

 

WESTERN DIVISION

7. Erskine

49

 

1. Limestone

t-8. King

46

 

2. Belmont Abbey

t-8. North Greenville

46

 

3. Erskine

10. Coker

30

 

4. King / North Greenville

11. Lees-McRae

29

 

6. Lees-McRae

12. Converse

21

 

7. Converse