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Panthers ranked 25th in DIII News Preseason Top 25; Richards named Preseason Honorable Mention All-America

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern men's basketball team is ranked 25th in the nation in the DIII News Preseason Top 25. Senior Zac Richards has also been selected as a Preseason Honorable Mention All-American.

The Panthers went 25-3 last year and ended the season ranked 21st by D3hoops.com. BSC earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship, traveling to Lexington, Ky., where No. 21 Wittenberg won in an upset.

Richards was second on the team with 11.9 points per game, and led the Panthers in rebounding with 6.2 boards a game. He also shot a team-high .631 for the season.

BSC opens the 2012-13 season at home on Friday, Nov. 16, hosting University of the Ozarks at 7 p.m. as part of the Black Tie Classic in Bill Battle Coliseum.