EIU Panthers Expected to Compete for League CrownNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Eastern Illinois coach Dino
Babers knows he has a talented team as the preseason favorite to repeat as the
Ohio Valley Conference champions. A schedule packed with the toughest
non-conference slate in his school's history has him worried.
Panthers will be on the road for three of their first four games, including the
season-opener at San Diego State. Babers said Monday they are just going to try
to survive that stretch.
Illinois is expected to very well in the OVC, receiving 12 of 18 first-place
votes and 122 points in the 2013 poll released Monday at the league's media day
as voted on by its coaches and sports information directors. The Panthers won
last year's OVC title after being picked to finish eighth in the nine-team
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