TCC men open season ranked No. 3; women, No. 5 in FCSAA poll


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 28, 2013) – The Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) released its Men’s and Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Polls on Monday and Tallahassee Community College landed inside the top five in both.


Tallahassee’s men shared the No. 3 ranking with Panhandle Conference foe Northwest Florida State College. Defending NJCAA champion College of Central Florida opens the season atop the poll, followed by Chipola College at No. 2.


Chipola was the PC coaches’ pick to win the league championship in 2014, receiving four of the five first-place votes. Northwest Florida State is picked second, followed by Tallahassee, who received the remaining first-place nod, Pensacola State College and Gulf Coast State College.


Pensacola State and Gulf Coast State are ranked No. 7 and No. 8, respectively, in the FCSAA poll.


Eastern Florida State College and Daytona State College are No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, and Polk State College and Santa Fe College round out the poll at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.


On the women’s side, Tallahassee checked in at No. 5 in the FCSAA preseason rankings.


Chipola, Gulf Coast State and Northwest Florida State hold down the top three spots, followed by No. 4 St. Petersburg College.


Florida State College at Jacksonville, Pensacola State, Santa Fe, Hillsborough Community College and Palm Beach State College are ranked five through ten in the women’s poll.


Monday also marked the release of the NJCAA women’s basketball preseason polls. Tallahassee did not earn a preseason ranking, but its schedule will provide numerous opportunities to jump into the national picture.


Five of the Eagles’ opponents landed in the NJCAA poll – No. 4 Chipola, No. 7 Northwest Florida State, No. 10 Darton (Ga.) State College, No. 11 Walters State (Tenn.) Community College and No. 22 Florida State College at Jacksonville.


Tallahassee plays a total of 11 games against the quintet during the 2013-14 season, beginning with its home opener on November 11 against Florida State College at Jacksonville.


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