North Atlantic Conference coaches have picked the UM Farmington men and Castleton women as teams to beat in a pre-season poll. Husson's men's team is picked #2 and Husson's womens team picked to finish #3.

On the men's side, Warren Caruso's Eagles are defending champions. 11 players return but big losses to graduation include Eric Modica and Marc Zaharchuk.

UMF was picked #1 because of four starters return, including conference player of the year Ben Johnson.

On the women's side, Kissy Walker's Eagles and New England College were picked as third place teams. Walker has brought in a large freshmen class, including Miss Maine Basketball finalist Chandler Guerette from Presque Isle.

Castleton was picked for the #1spot with 10 returning players from a team that finished last season as conference runner-up.

A reminder - you will hear selected Husson University men's and women's basketball game live on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket. The weekly Husson coaches segment airs live every Thursday morning at 7:35AM during the Morning Pitch Show.

2013-14 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. UMaine-Farmington 93 (6)
2. Husson 85 (3)
3. Colby-Sawyer 80
4. Castleton 76 (1)
5. Thomas 54
6. Lyndon 49
7. New England Col. 34
8. Maine Maritime 33
9. Johnson St. 29
10. Green Mountain 17

2013-14 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

1. Castleton 97 (7)
2. Colby-Sawyer 90 (3)
T-3. Husson 68
T-3. New England Col. 68
5. Maine Maritime 61
6. UMaine-Farmington 61
7. Johnson St. 31
8. Thomas 29
9. Lyndon 28
10. Green Mountain 12