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Dayton picked to finish sixth in A-10 men’s basketball poll

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Atlantic 10 basketball: 10 things to know about 2018-19 season

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Saint Louis is the preseason favorite

The Dayton Flyers were picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball preseason poll, which was released Thursday at media day at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., site of the conference tournament for the next three seasons.

Explorefinished 14-17 last season and 8-10 in the A-10

, earning the No. 9 seed in the conference tournament. That followed two seasons in which it was the preseason favorite. It shared the title in 2016 and won the title outright in 2017.

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Saint Louis is the preseason favorite and received 15 first-place votes. St. Joseph’s received four first-place votes and was picked second. Davidson, the defending A-10 tournament champion, was picked third with six first-place votes.

George Mason received one first-place vote and was picked fourth. Rhode Island, the defending regular-season champion, was picked fifth.

Following Dayton were: No. 7 Virginia Commonwealth; No. 8 Massachusetts; No. 9 St. Bonaventure; No. 10 Richmond; No. 11 Duquesne; No. 12 La Salle; No. 13 George Washington; and No. 14 Fordham.

Dayton redshirt senior forward Josh Cunningham was named to the preseason first team along with George Mason guard Otis Livingston, Davidson guard Kellan Grady, Massachusetts guard Luwane Pipkins and Richmond forward Grant Golden.

Here are the other preseason teams:

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM 

Eric Williams, Jr., Duquesne

Pookie Powell, La Salle

Jeff Dowtin, Rhode Island

Courtney Stockard, St. Bonaventure

Javon Bess, Saint Louis

Jordan Goodwin, Saint Louis

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM 

Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson

Lamarr Kimble, Saint Joseph's

Charlie Brown, Jr., Saint Joseph's

Hasahn French, Saint Louis

De'Riante Jenkins, VCU

PRESEASON ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM 

Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson

Terry Nolan, Jr., George Washington

Cyril Langevine, Rhode Island

Jacob Gilyard, Richmond

Javon Bess, Saint Louis