The Towson men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association this season, according to a preseason poll of media members, coaches and sports information directors.

College of Charleston, which returns all five starters from a team that appeared in the National Invitation Tournament last season, was the overwhelming choice to win the league, receiving 38 of 40 first-place votes. The Tigers, who return four starters, received the other two votes for No. 1.

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Towson senior guards Mike Morsell and Deshaun Morman were named to the preseason All-CAA team. Morsell, who led the Tigers with 13.4 points per game last season, was a second-team selection, while Morman, a 2016-17 CAA All-Defensive Team selection who had team highs in steals and assists, was an honorable mention.

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“It's something that is going to be unique,” one coach said, “if we can get it done.”

Towson has finished second twice and third twice in the CAA in Pat Skerry's six seasons as coach. The Tigers are coming off their third 20-win campaign in four years and return 10 players from last season's third-place team.

After Charleston and Towson, the predicted order of finish in the CAA was Elon, Hofstra, North Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern, Delaware, William & Mary, Drexel and James Madison.

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