Xavier Musketeers ranked No. 9 in preseason A-10 standings

CINCINNATI - Xavier Univeristy's men's basketball team, who has won five of the last six Atlantic 10 Conference regular season men's basketball championships, has been picked ninth out of 16 teams in the league's preseason poll.

Saint Joseph's has been chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball preseason favorite. The league announced the poll and preseason awards Thursday in conjunction with its annual Media Day, held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Both the awards and the predicted order of finish were chosen by a panel of the league's head coaches and media members.

With the departure of all of Xavier's starters for various reasons (graduation, transfer and expulsion), it's easy to see why the preseason rankings don't reflect much success for XU this year. There is a bright spot, as freshman Semaj Christon earned a spot on the A-10 preseason All-Rookie Team, the only XU individual to earn preseason honors.

Ahead of the Musketeers are the St. Louis Billikens, new addition to the A-10 VCU, Temple, UMass, the other new A-10 team Butler, La Salle and Dayton. The full list of the A-10 preseason rankings can be found below.

1. Saint Joseph's
2. Saint Louis
3. VCU
4. Temple
5. Massachusetts
6. Butler
7. La Salle
8. Dayton
9. Xavier
10. Richmond
11. St. Bonaventure
12. Charlotte
13. George Washington
14. Fordham
15. Rhode Island
16. Duquesne

The 2012-13 season opens on Friday, Nov. 9 with nine Atlantic 10 teams in action. The Musketeers open at home in the Cintas Center against Fairleigh-Dickinson at 7 p.m. The year will culminate with the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center March 14-17. The tournament concludes with the finals on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. to be aired on CBS.

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