The Washington Times - October 22, 2008, 03:37PM

Just settling in at Maryland’s student union after hitting up CAA media day earlier today.

I’ll have more tidbits later —- notably on George Mason, but also a couple other interesting teams —- but just wanted to pass along the league’s preseason poll.


Mason, the defending tournament champions, is picked fourth. Virginia Commonwealth, with star guard and 2007 NCAA tournament hero Eric Maynor, is expected to win the regular season title for the third straight season.

If there’s a team I could buy stock in, it would be Georgia State. Former Ole Miss coach Rod Barnes gets a ton of transfers eligible, and whil their presence is no guarantee of success, the Panthers could be substantially better than a year ago.

The full rundown:

1. VCU
2. Northeastern
3. Old Dominion
4. George Mason
5. Delaware
6. Georgia State
7. Hofstra
8. William and Mary
9. James Madison
10. Towson
11. UNC Wilmington
12. Drexel

—- Patrick Stevens