The results for this year's Spotlight Sports Survey have been tallied, and there are some interesting results. Let's dive right into it.
1. Will the Siena College men's basketball team post a winning record in 2011-12?
A. Yes (46 percent)
B. No (35 percent)
C. Not sure (19 percent)
Despite a poor finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference last year, area sports fans still believe that the Saints can rebound quickly and finish above .500 this season. But the vote was much closer than last year, when most readers thought Siena was going to continue its winning tradition.
2. Will the University at Albany men's basketball team build on last year's winning record?
A. Yes (65 percent)
B. No (12 percent)
C. Not sure (23 percent)
First, I want to clarify that the Great Danes finished the regular season with a winning record. Their loss in the America East tournament dropped them to .500. But with that said, UAlbany does return four starters from that team. And I think that fact was what led readers to predict that the Great Danes would do better this season.
3. Will the RPI hockey team finish higher in the ECAC standings than last year's fifth-place effort?
A. Yes (50 percent)
B. No (23 percent)
C. Not sure (27 percent)
This is likely another case of people believing in a team that returns several key players from last season. Hopefully in the topsy-turvy world of college hockey, the Engineers live up to those expectations.
4. Will the Union College hockey team overcome losing coach Nate Leaman and remain an ECAC power?
A. Yes (42 percent)
B. No (27 percent)
C. Not sure (31 percent)
A decidedly split vote among readers. Leaman now Providence College's coach took the Dutchmen to great heights last season including the regular season conference title, a top-10 national ranking and an NCAA Tournament appearance. With a new coach (Rick Bennett) and a younger team, some readers are taking a wait-and-see approach with Union this season.