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Men's Basketball Predicted to Finish 8th in AMCC, Smith and Bajgora

Men's Basketball Predicted to Finish 8th in AMCC, Smith and Bajgora

The La Roche men's basketball team is predicted to place eighth in the AMCC Conference while Torin Smith and Arnes Bajgora are preseason players to watch.

After falling short in the 2015 conference tournament, AMCC coaches expect Penn State Behrend to once again regain their championship title in 2016.  Right on their heels is Pitt-Greensburg, who was voted to finish in second place, and Hilbert College in third.

Hilbert senior forward Jerame Owens has been tabbed as the AMCC Men's Basketball Pre-Season Player of the Year. Owens, a D3 News Preseason Honorable Mention All-American, led the Hilbert College men's basketball team in scoring (16.0 ppg), rebounding (10.2 rpg), blocked shots (39), steals (49), made free throws (82), free throw attempts (120), field goal attempts (295) and field goals made (155). He ranked in the top 10 of 16 AMCC statistical categories including first in defensive rebounds (184) and defensive rebounds per game (7.4), second in rebounds (256) and rebounds per game (10.2), second in blocked shots (39), third in blocks per game (1.6), and third in offensive rebounds (72). He was named AMCC player of the week for the week ending 2/16/15. On the national level, Owens was 14th in total rebounds, 18th in rebounds per game, and 20th in defensive rebounds per game. He became just the 12th player in program history to join the 1,000 point club and also became Hilbert College's all-time leading rebounder. Owens is currently ranked in the top 10 of 19 different Hilbert College all-time statistical career categories.

The AMCC Championship will be held Sunday, February 28 at the site of the number one seed, with the winner earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Click here for the complete preseason rankings and players to watch.