North Atlantic Conference coaches have picked the Husson University men's basketball team to finish second and the women's basketball team to finish third.

The preseason poll shows last year's champs are the teams to beat again - the Colby Sawyer men and the Castleton University women.

On the men's side, Eagles coach Warren Caruso returns top scorers Trevon Butler and Raheem Anderson. A year ago, the Eagles went 14-4 in the NAC (20-8 overall) and lost in the conference title game.

2016 NAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Team Points
1. Colby-Sawyer 95 (8)
2. Husson 86 (1)
3. Castleton 75
4. Thomas 65
5. Lyndon 57
6. Green Mountain 55 (1)
7. New England College 48
8. UMaine-Farmington 32
9 Maine Maritime 19
10. Johnson State 18
Courtesy Monty Rand Photography

Husson women's coach Kissy Walker begins her 25th season as Eagles coach. A year ago, her team went 15-3 in conference (17-9 overall) and lost in the NAC semi-finals.

The Eagles return veterans Chandler Guerrette, Victoria McIntyre, Denae Johnson and Rebecca Young.

2015-16 NAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Team Points
1. Castleton 98 (8)
2. Colby-Sawyer 86
3. Husson 85 (2)
4. New England College 62
5. Maine Maritime 58
6. UMaine-Farmington 53
7. Johnson State 44
8. Lyndon 31
9 Thomas 17
10. Green Mountain 16

 NOTE:  The Eagles open their season with a mens/womens doubleheader at St. Joseph's College on November 19th. Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket and 929theticket.com will broadcast selected games throughout the season. The first broadcast is December 1st vs UMaine Farmington.