America East men's basketball coaches have picked the UMaine Black Bears to finish in 8th place in the conference preseason poll. Stony Brook is picked to win the title.

The low seed prediction is not a surprise as new coach Bob Walsh begins his tenure at UMaine. He'll have three of the top five scorers from last year returning and five newcomers to the roster.

Stony Brook was picked to finish first by six of the nine coaches in the league.

UAlbany and Hartford also picked up first place votes.

Here's a look at the coaches preseason poll...

Position    School (1st-place votes)            Points

1.                 Stony Brook (6)                          60

2.                 Hartford (2)                                 55

3.                 Albany (1)                                   51

4.                 Vermont                                      48

5.                 Binghamton                                34

6.                 New Hampshire                          26

7.                 UMBC                                         23

8.                 Maine                                         17

9.                 UMass Lowell                             10