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October 17, 2013

JUCO Basketball: No surprises for JC teams in Region 14 coaches' poll


NJCAA Region 14 basketball coaches and members of the media that cover many of the teams gathered at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens Wednesday afternoon for the loop's annual Media Day.

The highlight of the meeting was the release of the respective coaches' pre-season polls, which give an early and the first real snap shot of the coaches' expectations for all of the league's clubs in the upcoming season, which gets under way on Nov. 1 for most teams.

As far as the Jaguars and Lady Jaguars of Jacksonville College are concerned, there were no real surprises in the results of the polls.

Head coach Jody Bailey's troops were picked to finish fourth in the South Zone, behind Lee College, San Jacinto and Lamar State-Port Arthur.

Blinn College, Angelina College and Coastal Bend College rounded out the South's pecking order.

Lee received seven first place votes, San Jac and Lamar St. two each.

Lee is coming off of a national tournament appearance a year ago and appears to be the logical choice to be the top dog in the South once again.

Typically the Jags get little respect in the preseason poll each year. Yet when tournament time rolls around in March, Bailey seems to always have his warriors right up there with the top teams in the conference; therefore there shouldn't bee too many, if any, tears shed about the jags being tabbed to finish in the middle of the pack in the South.

After all, the team returns, only two players from the 2012-13 active roster.

In the East Zone, Kilgore College picked up eight first-place votes to edge Navarro College for first place.

The Bulldogs, who have a new coach this year in Michael Landers, garnered a pair of first-place nods.

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