WKU has been picked to finish third in the Sunbelt Conference East, and sophomores George Fant and T.J. Price were named Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference performers. Voting was done by the league's head coaches and announced Wednesday in conjunction with conference media day activities.
The Hilltoppers earned 47 points in the preseason coaches' poll to rank third in the east division behind Middle Tennessee and South Alabama.
WKU captured the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship to advance to its 22nd NCAA Tournament, where it won a game for the third-straight time in the Big Dance. A release from university athletics says WKU returns four starters and nine letterwinners from that squad this season.
WKU plays the first of two pre-season exhibition games Monday night at 7:00, when it welcomes Campbellsville to E.A. Diddle Arena.