Tech basketball teams prepare for preseason openers

The men’s and women’s Golden Eagle basketball teams are preparing to tip off the 2011-2012 season next week.

The men will begin their season Nov. 11 on the road. They will head to Coral Gables, Fla. to the BankUnited Center to take on the Miami Hurricanes of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

In preparation for the season opener, the men will be holding an open practice on Saturday as part of the Homecoming activities available to fans. The practice will be open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. inside the Eblen Center.

The men’s team has two seniors have been selected this preseason for the conference player of the year. Kevin Murphy received the honor from coaches and sports information directors of the OVC and Zac Swansey was named by USA Today.

The women’s team opens its season at home on Nov. 7 when they host Bryan College in an exhibition game set for 7 p.m.

They have high expectations for the season as they are ranked No. 16 in the NCAA Mid-Major Top 25 Poll and are projected to win back-to-back conference championships, according to several outlets.

Following the game against Bryan College, the women will travel to ETSU for the first round of the Preseason WNIT tournament.