Lakers Open 2013-14 Campaign as Preseason No. 17
October 29, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second consecutive season, the Lakeland Community College men’s basketball team will enter its season opener nationally-ranked. The Lakers, coming off a 24-6 season in which they captured the program’s third Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) championship, are ranked No. 17 heading into Sunday’s home opener against Lourdes University.
No. 9 Owens and No. 20 Cincinnati State also made the preseason top-20, giving the OCCAC three nationally-ranked teams.
The new-look Lakers return three players from last year’s title-winning team and must account for the loss of a number of key contributors due to graduation. A strong recruiting class will look to carry the torch as Lakeland pursues its third District Championship in the last four seasons.
About the Poll: The NJCAA will release 14 rankings for Division II Men’s Basketball throughout the season. The poll release dates are: Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 11, Jan. 8, 15, 23*, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5.