ROLLA, Mo. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team received votes in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Preseason Rankings, revealed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday.
LINK: NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Preseason Rankings (NABC Coaches)
The Hawks finished last season's pandemic-shortened campaign with a 21-8 overall record and earned a berth to the 2020 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship. Saint Anselm claimed both the regular season and postseason championships in the Northeast-10 Conference and the team was set to make its 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament under Head Coach Keith Dickson.
Saint Anselm opened the 2019-20 season with six wins in its first seven games and the Hawks went the entire month of February without a defeat (7-0). The Hawks are in the midst of an 11-game winning streak entering the 2020-21 season, the sixth-longest active streak in NCAA Division II.
Last season, Saint Anselm averaged 82.3 points per game on offense, a figure that ranked fourth in the East Region. The Hawks also enjoyed the fourth-best rebound margin (+4.4) in the region heading into the NCAA tournament this past March – Saint Anselm was making the program's eighth consecutive berth in the national postseason (third-longest active streak in NCAA Division II).
Just this month, senior Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.) was selected to the Basketball Times Preseason All-America team for NCAA Division II after setting career-highs last season in minutes per game (36.3), rebounds (221), rebounds per game (7.6), assists (74), steals (31), point scoring (561) and points per game (19.3).
Paul is joined by three other seniors on the rosters, two juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen. Dickson, entering his 35th season at Saint Anselm, returns four of last year's five starters, each of whom averaged 12 or more points per game in 2019-20.