The Central Connecticut men's basketball team was picked to
finish fourth in the 2010-11 Northeast Conference Preseason men's
basketball coaches poll released on Wednesday. Junior forward Ken
Horton, who sat out last season with an injury, was chosen to
the preseason All-Conference Team for the second straight
Quinnipiac was chosen as the preseason favorite, and is the first unanimous selection in 14 seasons. Last year's champion Robert Morris was chosen second, Long Island was third and the Blue Devils were picked fourth.
The Blue Devils will be led by a pair of seniors this season in Shemik Thompson and Markeys Deans. Thompson led the team in scoring last season at 13.0 points per game. He added 95 assists and is among the top-10 in school history in career assists. Deans averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior. He is the leading returning rebounder for the Blue Devils this season.
Horton missed the 2009-10 season with an injury. He was an All-Conference selection following his sophomore campaign and a preseason All-Conference pick last season before having to sit out with the injury. He averaged 16.5 ppg as a sophomore and has averaged 14.5 ppg over his two-year career.
Junior Robby Ptacek, the second-leading scorer from a year ago, also returns for the Blue Devils. Ptacek averaged 12.1 ppg in 22 games as a sophomore. He missed several games due to an injury. Ptacek has led the team in free-throw shooting in each of his two seasons. He hit 78-of-92 attempts a year ago, good for 84.8 percent.
Central opens the season on Saturday night, Nov. 13 at the Connecticut 6 Classic. The Blue Devils will face Hartford in the 6 p.m. game at the Mohegan Sun Arena. They then travel to Army on Mon., Nov. 15 for a 7 pm. start. The first home game for the Blue Devils will take place on Sat., Nov. 27 against Monmouth at 2 p.m.
OFFICIAL NORTHEAST CONFERENCE RELEASE
2010-11 CCSU ROSTER
2010-11 CCSU SCHEDULE
February 27, 2011 Ticket Information for Men's NEC Tournament Quarterfinal
February 26, 2011 Men Drop Third Straight, Fall at Long Island on Saturday Afternoon
February 17, 2011 Blue Devils Win 18th of the Season, Top Sacred Heart 57-56
February 12, 2011 Win Streak Ends on the Road at Bryant on Saturday Afternoon
January 29, 2011 Blue Devils Hang On For 75-71 Home Victory Over Wagner
January 27, 2011 Men's Basketball Game to be Played as Scheduled
January 15, 2011 Comeback Falls Short as Men's Basketball Loses to Quinnipiac
January 13, 2011 Men's Basketball Rebounds with 88-75 Win on the Road at Sacred Heart
December 29, 2010 Men's Hoop Back Home on Wednesday Night Hosting Brown
December 4, 2010 Men's Hoop Drops Second Straight, 48-46, on the Road at FDU
November 29, 2010 Men's Hoop Falls at Providence on Monday Night to Move to 4-2 Overall
November 26, 2010 CCSU Men's Basketball Media Guide
November 22, 2010 Ken Horton Named Choice Hotels Men's Basketball NEC Player of the Week
October 7, 2010 Basketball Season Ticket Brochure Now Available!