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FIU's Roberts named to All-SBC Third Team

Marvin Roberts, who led the Golden Panthers with 15.4 points per game last year, has earned third-team All-Sun Belt honors, as voted on by the conference's coaches.

He was the lone FIU player recognized in the preseason poll, which was announced Tuesday.

Roberts, the senior guard who also shot 41.7 percent from the field and averaged 4.8 rebounds per-game in 2009/2010, is one of three starters back for FIU.

Still, the coaches do not envision Isiah Thomas' second year with the Panthers being that much more successful than his first, when they went 7-25. FIU is picked to finish fifth in the Sun Belt's East Division, ahead of just Troy.

The Panthers will appear in two Sun Belt Network-televised games this winter: at Florida Atlantic on Feb. 5 and at Middle Tennessee on Feb. 12 -- both games scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Complete results:

SBC Preseason All-Conference

First Team

George Odufuwa (North Texas, Sr., F)
Josh White (North Texas, Sr. G)
Tim Williams (South Alabama, Sr., G)
Sergio Kerusch (WKU, Sr., F)
Steffphon Pettigrew (WKU, Sr., F)

Second Team

Martavius Adams (Arkansas State, Jr., F/C)
Donald Boone (Arkansas State, Sr., G)
Greg Gantt (Florida Atlantic, So., G)
Raymond Taylor (Florida Atlantic, So. G)
Tristan Thompson (North Texas, Sr., G)

Third Team

Solomon Bozeman (UALR, Sr., G)
Brett Royster (Florida Atlantic, Sr., F)
Marvin Roberts (FIU, Sr., G)
Randell Daigle (Louisiana, Sr., G)
James Washington (Middle Tennessee, Sr., G)

2010 SBC Coaches Preseason Poll (first-place votes)

West Division

1. North Texas (12) – 72 pts.
2. Arkansas State – 55 pts.
3. Denver – 51 pts.
4. Louisiana – 36 pts.
5. UALR – 26 pts.
6. ULM – 12 pts.

East Division

1. WKU (11) – 71 pts.
2. Florida Atlantic (1) – 53 pts.
3. South Alabama – 47 pts
4. Middle Tennessee – 42 pts.
5. FIU – 22 pts.
6. Troy – 17 pts.

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I have to disagree with the votes.. I don't think we are winning a Sunbelt Title any time soon, but I do think we can be a .500 team without a doubt. The Out of Conference games this year are winnable. In the East Division the first two spots are almost guaranteed but ANYONE (including FIU) can be 3rd. Are we going dancing in March? I would love to say yes, but the right answer is NO.. I think IT is doing a great job on his last year at FIU.. The base is set and now we need to climb up the Sunbelt..

Go FIU!

I am going to second what Gooch7 said. This is probably around a .500 team. I do think that both Roberts and Legion will get some more respect from the SBC towards the end of the season.

Hey guys,

For the former Student-Athletes here in this blog, check out the special that the department is doing for homecoming. I believe Max and Miri are S-A alumni and i've seen O'Darris here in the blog as well:

"The FIU Athletic Department is inviting all FIU Student-Athlete Alumni to return to campus for Homecoming 2010. Along with the great Homecoming festivities, the Athletic Department will be hosting special events exclusively for Student-Athlete Alumni.

Festivities will start on Friday, November 5th with the Men's Soccer Game vs. SMU at 7pm. At the soccer game, the 1980 NCAA runner-up team will be recognized on the field. There will also be a dessert reception at FIU Soccer Stadium for returning Panthers.

On Saturday, November 6th, former Student-Athletes are invited to enjoy the Homecoming Parade, Panther Pit Alumni Tailgate and Homecoming Concert featuring "Lifehouse". The Homecoming Football Game vs. ULM will kick off at 7:30pm (Changed from the original 6pm kick-off time due to TV).

On Sunday, November 7th, there will be a Student-Athlete Alumni Brunch at 11am in the FIU Stadium Club room, hosted by the FIU Panther Club. At the conclusion of the brunch, the attendees will be invited to the Volleyball Game vs. Louisiana at 1pm to cheer the ladies to victory and conclude the weekend.

As a thank you and welcome back, Student-Athlete Alumni and a guest will receive complementary admission to all the weekend's events, including the Men's Soccer Game, the Homecoming Football Game, and the Volleyball Game.

Student-Athlete Alumni are required to RSVP with Liz Borrell-Augustin, assistant athletic director for student-athlete development, at 305-348-0154 or via e-mail at borrelll@fiu.edu.

The first 50 RSVP's will receive luxury club seats for two to the nationally televised homecoming football game and the student-athlete alumni will have a pre-game sideline field pass"

fiuloyal I saw that on the FIU web page and I thought that was an AWESOME idea. As a former student-athlete (Cross/Track) I would love to see some of the old faces that competed with me. I know we have at least 3 guys from the Cross team that RSVP already.

I heard if they don't get the number they are expecting for the Sunday Brunch they are going to cancel it. Just call Liz (also a former athlete) and she will RSVP you!

Go Golden Panthers!

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