Oct. 16, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The men's basketball preseason rankings and accolades are coming in with just over three weeks until the opening tip, and NBCSports.com was the latest to include the Patriot League among its Mid-Major honors.
The College Basketball Talk website put Boston University as No. 11 in the preseason Mid-Major power rankings, with writer Kevin Doyle stating: "In their first year in the Patriot League, the Terriers will be the prohibitive favorite to win the league. The combination of D.J. Irving and Maurice Watson in the backcourt is one of the best among mid-majors."
Irving was also one of two Patriot Leaguers to earn honorable mention status on the NBCSports.com Preseason Mid-Major All-America Team. Colgate senior Murphy Burnatowski joined Irving on the list.
NBCSports.com included all conferences except the American Athletic, Atlantic 10, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Mountain West in its Mid-Major honors, with the West Coast Conference considered a mid-major league with the exception of Brigham Young, Gonzaga, and St. Mary's.
Doyle also wrote about the Patriot League in the post C.J. McCollum and Mike Muscala era, and offered his preview of the 2013-14 season.
To follow all of NBCSports.com's preseason coverage at its College Basketball Talk site, go here