Rock Hill, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – Two South Atlantic Conference Teams land in Street & Smith Preseason Top 10 rankings to go along with three Student-Athletes being named to the Preseason All-America Teams. Queens is ranked second, while Lincoln Memorial is sixth. Carson-Newman senior Charles Clark was named Second Team All-American, as Lincoln Memorial senior Dorian Pinson and Queens senior Jalin Alexander landed honorable mentions.
Queens (30-4, 19-3) finished the regular season as co-regular season champions and landed the No. 2 seed in the SAC Championship Tournament. The Royals defeated Lincoln Memorial for the second time on the season in the championship final for their first SAC Championship Tournament since joining the league in 2013. Queens advanced to the Southeast Region championship final, falling to Lincoln Memorial.
Lincoln Memorial (30-6, 19-3), ended the regular season atop the South Atlantic Men's Basketball standings with Queens and claimed the No. 1 seed in the SAC Championship Tournament. They landed an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament and advanced to the regional finals and defeated Queens to advance to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D. LMU picked up a victory over Chico State in the first round, ultimately their season ended to eventual National Champion and No. 1 seed Northwest Missouri State in the D-II Final 4.
Below is where the South Atlantic Conference Teams and Players landed in the Top 10 and All-America Teams.
Preseason Top 10
- Northwest Missouri State
- Queens (N.C.)
- Indiana (Pa.)
- Bellarmine (Ky.)
- Barry (Fla.)
- Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.)
- Texas-Permian Basin
- California Baptist
- Ferris State (Mich.)
- Chico State
Charles Clark - Carson-Newman, Sr.
Jalin Alexander – Queens, Sr.
Dorian Pinson – Lincoln Memorial, Sr.