Men's coaches pick Middle Tenn., La.-Lafayette

NEW ORLEANS -- Sun Belt men's coaches have picked Middle Tennessee as the likely first-place finisher in the conference's East Division this coming season, with defending conference champion Louisiana-Lafayette projected as the West Division winner in the coming basketball season.

Women's coaches picked Middle Tennessee and the University of South Alabama as likely winners of conference division titles.

Sun Belt schools begin play Nov. 17, while conference regular-season play will tip off on Jan. 6. The 2005 Aeropostale Sun Belt Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will take place March 4 through 8 in Denton, Texas, and will be hosted by
North Texas.