Team preview: Hofstra

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Hofstra has improved its record every year since it joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2001. It will be hard to beat last year's 21-9 campaign, but don't bet against coach Tom Pecora and the Pride, a team that brings back four starters, including one of the nation's top young backcourts.

From its clever preseason slogan ("Guarded Optimism") to its standard three-guard lineup, everything at Hofstra revolves around the Pride's explosive backcourt. One look at the stat sheet shows why.