PAWTUCKET R.I. – Two Little East Conference men's basketball programs – Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College – are receiving votes in the 2017-18 D3Hoops.com Preseason Poll.
The Warriors, who were unanimously ranked No. 1 in the 2017-18 LEC Preseason Coaches' Poll, won the 2016-17 LEC regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Eastern Connecticut finished with a 21-9 record last season, and was receiving votes in the final D3Hoops.com Poll.
The Owls, who were picked to finish second in this year's LEC Preseason Coaches' Poll, finished the 2016-17 season ranked 11th by D3Hoops.com after posting a record of 22-10 and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals after receiving an at-large berth in the tournament. It was the second Elite Eight appearance in program history for Keene State, which has advanced to the Sweet 16 in four of its five NCAA tournament appearances.