CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern was picked eighth in the 2017-18 Big South Conference Preseason Poll, announced Tuesday at the league's annual Basketball Media Day. CSU earned 98 total points in the poll conducted by Big South head coaches and a media panel.
UNC Asheville received 23 of the 29 first-place votes and was tabbed as the preseason favorite. Winthrop (3 first-place votes), Liberty (1) and Campbell (2) received the other first-place votes and rounded out the top four. Gardner-Webb, High Point and Radford were selected fifth through seventh. CSU was picked ahead of ninth-place Longwood and tenth-place Presbyterian.
Barclay Radebaugh, CSU's all-time winningest coach and the fifth winningest coach in Big South history, will lead a young roster in 2017-18. The Bucs do return three starters in seniors Javis Howard and Cortez Mitchell, as well as preseason all-conference first-team honoree Christian Keeling.
CSU opens the season on Nov. 10 at Davidson. A trip to North Carolina State follows two days later before the Bucs tip off the home slate on Wednesday, Nov. 15 against Columbia International.
The entire preseason poll is detailed below.
2017-18 Big South Men's Basketball Preseason Poll (First-place votes in parentheses)
1. UNC Asheville (23)
2. Winthrop (3)
3. Liberty (1)
4. Campbell (2)
6. High Point
8. Charleston Southern