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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Claflin University men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth overall and second in the Southern Division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association preseason poll as selected by the men’s basketball head coaches.

CLAFLIN BASKETBALL: Lady Panthers release 2019-20 schedule

The predicted order of finished was announced during the CIAA Basketball Virtual Media Day on Tuesday.

The Panther men were picked to finish second in the Southern Division behind Livingstone, the 2018 Southern Division runner-ups. Claflin finished ahead of Shaw, the 2018 Southern Division champions, Winston-Salem State, Fayetteville State, Johnson C. Smith and Saint Augustine’s.

CLAFLIN BASKETBALL: Panthers release 2019-20 schedule

The Panthers finished the 2018 campaign with a 13-14 overall record and tied with Livingstone for second with a 9-9 conference record.

Claflin will open the 2019-20 season on the road at in the CIAA-PSAC Challenge, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 8-9, in West Chester, Pa.

Claflin will open its home season on Wednesday, Nov. 13 when they host Augusta University in a 6 p.m. contest in Tullis Arena.

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The Claflin women’s basketball team was picked to finish 10th overall.

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The Lady Panthers were picked to finish fifth in the Southern Division behind Fayetteville State, the 2018 Southern Division champions and 2019 CIAA Tournament runner-up, Johnson C. Smith the 2018 Southern Division runner-up, followed by Winston-Salem State and Livingstone. Claflin finished ahead of Shaw and Saint Augustine’s.

The Lady Panthers finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 15-14 record and 9-9 conference record.

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Claflin will open the 2019-20 season on the road at Anderson University on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The Lady Panthers will host Stillman College on Saturday, Nov. 16, for the home opener. It will also be homecoming in Tullis Arena.

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