Rhode Island celebrates a basket in the first half. David Jablonski/Staff
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Rhode Island favorite in A-10 preseason poll

After being picked first last two seasons, Dayton picked fifth

Rhode Island is the preseason favorite. The Rams, who tied for third last season and won the A-10 tournament, have never won the regular-season championship. They were 25-10 overall last season and 13-5 in the conference. They played in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999 and beat Creighton 84-72 in the first round before losing 75-72 to Oregon.

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Two of Rhode Island’s top three scorers return: E.C. Matthews (14.9 points per game); and Jared Terrell (12.6).

Here’s the complete poll with first-place votes in parentheses: Rhode Island (27); St. Bonaventure (1); St. Joseph’s; Virginia Commonwealth; Dayton; Davidson; Saint Louis; Richmond; La Salle; George Mason; George Washington; Massachusetts; Fordham; and Duquesne.

No Dayton players were named to any of the preseason all-conference teams.