In the SoCon preseason poll that was released this past week, Elon was considered the favorite, but Davidson was right on their tail. Virtually, the two are considered co-favorites.
The Mocs were all the way down at seventh in the SoCon.
Look at the Mocs. This team finished seventh in the SoCon last year. They lost Drazen Zlovaric, who, while sometimes productive, was not the difference maker he was expected to be in his senior year. Dontay Hampton also is gone- but he was injured for most of the year. The Mocs should not be expected to experience much of a drop off from last year's production, talent-wise.
College of Charleston is gone from the league. That means that from the returning teams, the Mocs finished with the sixth best record a year ago.
So the Mocs get a new head coach, after most people viewed John Shulman as someone who was not getting the most out of the Mocs program. Will Wade has injected excitement into the program. Many people expect him to make a game or two difference right off the bat.
If that's true, the Mocs could easily be picked to finish fourth or fifth in the SoCon, and that's without doing anything truly outlandish in assumptions. The Mocs should be able to finish that high just with a few breaks going their way.
I think the Mocs are underrated in the preseason rankings. Maybe not. We'll all find out together. Should be a fun day.