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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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