Seahawk Men's Basketball Starts off New Season with No. 19 Ranking

Minneapolis, Minn. – D3hoops.com, your number one source for Division III basketball information, has released the Preseason D3hoops.com Men's Basketball Top 25 Wednesday afternoon, signifying that the beginning of the 2012-13 basketball season is just around the corner.

The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's basketball team, under the direction of eighth-year head coach Chris Harney, has earned a preseason ranking of No. 19 in this year's pre-campaign poll.  Today's preseason poll marks the fifth consecutive season that the Seahawks have recognized by D3hoops.com in their annual preseason rankings.

St. Mary's received votes in the 2008-09 preseason poll then broke the Top 25 with a No. 20 ranking the following season.  In 2010-11, the Seahawks started the season ranked 11th while beginning last season at No. 15.

The Seahawks finished last season with a 20-8 overall record and their fourth consecutive Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title after finishing atop of the league standings with a 13-3 CAC mark.

The top five teams in the D3hoops.com preseason poll are No. 1 MIT (2012 national runner-up), No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan College (2006 national champion, 2007 national runner-up), No. 3 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2012 national champion), No. 4 Middlebury College (2011 NCAA Final Four team), and No. 5 Amherst College (2007 national champion, 2008 national runner-up).

St. Mary's 25-contest regular-season schedule highlights two schools ranked in the Top 25 – No. 9 Franklin & Marshall College and No. 24 Randolph-Macon College.  The Seahawks square off against Randolph-Macon in their second game of the season at the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic hosted by Stevenson University on November 17-18.

The Seahawks will battle Franklin & Marshall on Ed Cole Court in the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena during the second half of the season on January 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

The schedule also features a pair of teams that received votes in the preseason poll – Christopher Newport University and Capital (Ohio) University.  St. Mary's will face Capital at the Carnegie Mellon University Invitational in Pittsburgh on November 24-25 while taking on future Capital Athletic Conference member, Christopher Newport (joining in 2013-14), at home on December 5 at 7:00 pm.

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