NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) champion Philadelphia University men's basketball team was selected to finish second in the southern division in the 2015-16 CACC Preseason Coaches Poll unveiled by the conference office on Tuesday.
Philadelphia brings back two starters from last year's squad that posted a 24-8 record, won the CACC Tournament, and made the NCAA East Region Tournament.
All-CACC second team pick and Capital One Academic All-America Division II men's basketball third team selection Peter Alexis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Holy Redeemer) averaged 15.0 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and led the conference with 78 blocks. Alexis ranked second in the CACC second in field goal percentage (59.9), third in rebounds per game, fifth in minutes per game (38.1), and 11th in scoring. He had a team-best 17 double-doubles.
TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) posted 9.3 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, a team-high 47 steals, a team-best 93 assists, and 18 blocked shots. He was seventh in the conference in steals, eighth in shooting (53.0 percent), and ninth in total rebounds (202).
The Rams added Brendan Kilpatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep), a transfer from the University of Vermont. He played in 21 games for the Catamounts last season and averaged 3.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
Philadelphia picked up four first-place votes and 82 points to finish in the second spot. The number one position went to Holy Family, who had 89 points and nine first-place votes. The University of the Sciences garnered the last first-place vote and 69 points to end up third, while tournament runner-up Wilmington was fourth with 60 points.
Goldey-Beacom (39 points), Chestnut Hill (31), and Georgian Court (22) wrapped up the south.
In the north, five teams picked up at least one first-place vote, led by Bloomfield's six votes and 83 points. Post was second with four votes and 77 points. Dominican received two first-place votes to rack up 67 points, just edging out Caldwell's one vote and fourth-place point total of 65.
Concordia (41, 1 first-place vote), Nyack (36), and Felician (23) complete the north.
Philadelphia opens the season against Franklin Pierce on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Gallagher Center.