BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's basketball team was picked to repeat as Conference Carolinas champions, and when the National Association of Basketball Coaches released their preseason poll, the Tornado were mentioned as receiving votes. King was one of two Conference Carolinas teams to be mentioned in the opening poll.
King received three votes in the poll and was listed behind Lees-McRae College who received 13 votes. The last time King appeared in the NABC poll was in 2015-16 when they were ranked 14th on December 15. That season the Tornado received four votes in the preseason poll.
Two of King's opponents this season are in the rankings as Virginia State University is ranked 16th and Clayton State University is the first team listed as receiving votes with 40.
King is coming off of their third Conference Carolinas regular season title, going 14-4 in league play in 2017-18. The Tornado also qualified for their third NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and finished the season with a 19-11 mark a season ago.
Head coach George Pitts' squad opens the season with a tournament in the Student Center Complex on November 9 and 10. The Tornado take on Flagler College on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Columbus State University at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The other two games will feature Lees-McRae and Columbus State on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and Lees-McRae and Flagler and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.