NEW YORK (AP) Two-time defending champion LIU-Brooklyn has been picked as the preseason favorite in the Northeast Conference.
The Blackbirds, who will be led by first-year coach Jack Perri, received nine of the 12 first-place votes cast by the league's coaches on Tuesday.
Robert Morris, which received the other first-place votes, was second followed by Wagner, Quinnipiac, St. Francis, N.Y., Sacred Heart, Monmouth, Central Connecticut, Mount St. Mary's, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson and Saint Francis, Pa.
Julian Boyd of LIU-Brooklyn, the reigning conference player of the year, was chosen as the preseason player of the year. He was joined on the first team by teammate Jamal Olasewere, Ike Azotam of Quinnipiac, Shane Gibson of Sacred Heart and Velton Jones of Robert Morris.