DOVER, Del.- Delaware State has been picked to finish second in the 2012-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season race, according to a poll by Yahoo! Sports.
In addition, Delaware State guard Tahj Tate (so.) was selected as Yahoo's! MEAC Pre-season Player-of-the-Year.
The Yahoo! Sports poll is predicting Savannah State to repeat as MEAC regular season champ.
Delaware State was 15-14 overall and finished third in the MEAC regular season standings with a 12-4 league mark during the 2011-12 season. The Hornets return four starters and six of their top seven scorers from last year's squad.
Tate was the 2011-12 MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year and an All-MEAC Second Team pick. He was fifth in the MEAC in scoring (16.1 ppg) last season.
The 2012-13 Hornets will also be led by sharp shooting forward Casey Walker (jr.), who was eighth in the league in scoring (13.3 ppg) and third in three-point field goals (2.6 pg) last season.
Power forward Marques Oliver (sr.) is the top returner to the Hornets' front court this season. Oliver was third in the MEAC in blocks (2.6 pg), sixth in field goal percentage (.555) and eighth in rebounding (7.2 pg) during the 2011-12 season. He set a DSU single-season record with 72 blocks last season.
The Hornets will open the 2012-13 season at home against Gwynedd Mercy on Nov. 10. Game time is 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Yahoo! Sports 2012-13 MEAC Men's Basketball Preview link: