CHICAGO – The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its men’s basketball preseason coaches’ poll on Wednesday with IU South Bend men’s basketball picked to finish third after a historical 2019-20 season.
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The Titans have some unfinished business to prove this year after their season was forced to conclude following the NAIA decision to cancel all winter championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
IUSB was set to make its first appearance at the tournament as a six-seed after taking home its first ever CCAC Tournament Championship with an unforgettable come-from-behind victory at No. 4 Olivet Nazarene. The 25-8 Titans concluded the regular season in their highest conference finish in program history at No. 3 behind ONU and Holy Cross.
Head coach Scott Cooper enters his eighth season at the helm of the Crimson & Cream and is now the winningest coach in program history after earning his 100th last year. During the offseason, Cooper announced the addition of four newcomers to the squad that includes two transfers in Spencer Pettit (Danville Area CC) and Vashawn Sims (Kankakee CC) and freshman guards Da’Vion Davis and Alex Schmidt.
The Titans return 67 percent of their scorers from last year’s team including the standout guard Dylan Allen who was second on the team in scoring with 11.7 ppg. Other notable returners include All-CCAC Second Team player Miles Tracy, junior guard Donyell Meredith II and seniors Norell Smith and Sergio Diaz.
Olivet Nazarene was tabbed to win the CCAC Tournament title in 2021 followed by Holy Cross. CCAC newcomer Lincoln College was expected to take fourth behind the Titans while St. Ambrose, IU Northwest and St. Xavier round out the top-seven in the league.
IU South Bend hosts Judson in its non-conference season-opener on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Conference play is slated to begin on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Holy Cross after the league’s announcement to transition to a 14-game schedule.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to keep our Titan community safe, Indiana University South Bend athletics will not allow visiting team fans at indoor home events until further notice. Each IU South Bend basketball and volleyball teams will receive a 25-person pass list per each home event inside the Student Activities Center.
All fans are encouraged to consider cheering on the Titans via video streaming on Regional Radio Sports Network. While IU South Bend will welcome a select number of fans, we also want to be mindful of the health and safety of our community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. RRSN will broadcast all home basketball and volleyball contests during the 2020-21 season and will also be available to watch on demand.