Pilots Men's Basketball Earns Preseason Ranking and Honors
October 03, 2005
The 2005-2006 basketball season is right around the corner. For the LSUS men’s basketball team the hype has already started. The first preseason ranking came out last week and the Pilots saw their name on the list. The Pilots are ranked number ten in the 2005-2006 edition of Street and Smith’s College Basketball Preview. Senior Fredericko Payne was also selected to the First Team All-American list. “This is an honor for our players from the past as well as what we have here this year. We hope to keep building the program in a positive way and continue to win ball games,” stated head coach Chad McDowell about his team and the preseason ranking. The tradition was built last season as the Pilots won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season title and made it to the NAIA Sweet Sixteen. The Pilots finished the year with a 27-9 overall record and a 16-2 conference record. LSUS will face two of the other top ten teams when they face off with Union (TN) in December and conference foe University of Mobile in January. The top ten teams are Azusa Pacific, Mountain State, Union, John Brown, Georgetown, Carroll, Oklahoma Christian, Mobile, Faulkner, and LSU-Shreveport. The Pilots tip it off on November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. against Southwestern Assemblies of God University at “The Dock” on the campus of LSUS.