RICHARDSON, TX- Back-to-back Lone Star Conference regular-season champions will have work to do to defend their title according to prognosticators, as Lubbock Christian was voted to finish third in the LSC men’s basketball preseason poll announced on Monday October 24.
The Chaps got 489 points and two first-place votes in the polls. LCU is expected to finish behind Dallas Baptist, which earned 560 total points, and West Texas A&M, which earned 36 of 39 first-place votes and 619 points. Texas Permian Basin won the other remaining vote for first place and is expected to finish tenth.
Last season, the LCU men’s basketball team finished 27-4 overall, a new program record for wins, including a 20-0 start to the season, the best start in history. from school. The Chaps won the Lone Star Conference Regular Season Championship for the second straight season and hosted the 2022 NCAA Division-II Men’s Basketball South Central Regional inside the Rip Griffin Center.
The Caps were last selected third in the LSC pre-season poll ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. This season culminated with an 18-3 overall record and a 15-1 record in conference play en route to the Chaps’ first ever LSC regular season championship.
Additionally, 14 players have been selected for LSC Men’s Basketball Pre-Season Premier Players to Watch list. Student-athletes have been nominated by their member institution for recognition.
junior guard Rowan Mackenzie was named the LCU player to watch by the media. The 2020-21 Lone Star Conference freshman avoided a second slump in his sophomore season at Lubbock, averaging 11.4 points per game while delivering 72 assists last year. Mackenzie was dangerous from beyond the arc last season, shooting 41.5 percent from deep and connecting on 34 three-pointers for the Chaps last year.
Mackenzie finished one point away from tying his career-high points in the NCAA South Central Regional quarterfinal game against Texas A&M-Commerce last season, scoring 21 points and nine rebounds in the 80 win. -63 against the Lions.
West Texas A&M senior guard Julius Brown was named LSC Pre-Season Player of the Year after garnering 24 of 39 votes.
The 2022-23 LSC basketball schedule will feature 16 men’s teams split into two divisions. Each team will play a dual round robin schedule within their division. Additionally, the teams will play eight crossover competitions against teams from the opposite division for a total of 22 conference games.
The LSC Basketball Championships will feature an eight-team field in 2023 with seeding based on all 22 conference games. Division winners will receive the top two seeds of the tournament. The championships are scheduled to take place on March 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2023 at the Comerica Center in Frisco, Texas.
The Chaps open the 2022-23 season on the road at the LSC/RMAC crossover event against Regis on November 11 in Denver, Colorado. For more information on the LCU men’s basketball team, fans can visit lcuchaps.com.
|2022-23 LSC Men’s Basketball Pre-Season Survey|
|1||West Texas A&M||36||619|
|ten||UT Permian Basin||1||310|
|12||Texas A&M International||246|
|13||Western New Mexico||145|
|15||Eastern New Mexico||95|
|2022-23 LSC Men’s Basketball Pre-Season Players to Watch|
|Last name||School||To classify||Position||Major||Hometown/High School|
|Steve Webb||Angelo State||RS||g||MBA||St. Louis, Missouri/Westminster Christian Acad.|
|Wild foal||Cameron||RS||G/F||business marketing||Sand Springs, Oklahoma/Sand Springs|
|Cameron Kahn||DBU||J.R.||g||sports management||Sulfur Springs, Texas/HS of Sulfur Springs|
|Dike of Eze||Eastern New Mexico||RS||g||Masters in Communication||Montreal, Quebec/Kimball-Union Acad.|
|Rowan Mackenzie||Lubbock Christian||J.R.||g||Social work||Perth, Australia/Aquinas College|
|Antonio Gordon||Oklahoma Christian||J.R.||F||interdisciplinary studies||Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower HS|
|Uche Dibiamaka||St. Edward||RS||g||Company||Adelaide, South Australia/Second Baptist|
|Ryan Leonard||Sainte Marie||RS||g||Sociology||Kerry, Ireland/Tralee HS|
|Jermaine Drewey||Texas A&M International||RS||g||Multidisciplinary studies||Houston, TX/North Forest HS|
|Evan Anderson||UAF||J.R.||g||Business Administration||Carrollton, TX/Hebron HS|
|Da Juan Jones||UT Permian Basin||RS||g||Company||Killeen, TX/Ellison HS|
|Milan Szabo||UT Tyler||RS||g||Computer science||Levice, Slovakia/Gymnázium J. Wolkera|
|Julius Brown||West Texas A&M||RS||g||Company||Westerville, Ohio / North Westerville HS|
|Tony Avalos||Western New Mexico||RS||g||Company||Las Cruces, New Mexico/Oñate HS|