The Husson Eagles men's basketball will begin its quest for three straight NAC conference championships with the big bullseye on the back. The coaches preseason poll has Husson as the unanimous pick for #1.

Colby-Sawyer is the preseason #2 pick while Thomas College and Castleton are tied for #3 pick.

Coach Warren Caruso and his Eagles were 16-2 in the NAC (21-7 overall) a year ago. The season ended with a NCAA tournament loss to eventual national champion Babson College.

Returning players include senior guard Raheem Anderson who was NAC Player of the Year and was named ECAC New England Player of the Year.. He averaged 26 points, four rebounds and five assists per game. points. Anderson has a chance to become the school's all-time leader scorer. He begins the year #3 on the list.

Other returning players include Justin Martin, Mitch Worcester, Bruce St. Peter, Justin Smith and Jake Black. All saw considerable time last year.

NOTE: The Eagles open their season Saturday against St. Joseph's College. The home opener is November 28th vs Thomas College and Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket/929theticket.com has live coverage of this game.

2016-17 NAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Team Points (1st Place Votes)
1. Husson 100 (10)
2. Colby-Sawyer 79
T3. Castleton 66
T3. Thomas 66
5. Lyndon 57
6. UMaine-Farmington 55
7. New England College 45
8. Johnson 39
9. Green Mountain 27
10. Maine Maritime 16