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D-II College Basketball Preview: West Virginia Wesleyan Men

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WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN BOBCATS

2012-13 Record: 12-15

The West Virginia Wesleyan Men's Basketball program will look to flourish under second-year Head Coach Pat Beilein.

Beilein struggled last year without a full season to recruit his own players, ending the 2012-13 campaign with a losing record of 12-15.

But Beilein has brought in new faces in his second year, also implementing his perimeter offensive system, which was made famous by his father and current Michigan Wolverines Men's Basketball Head Coach, John Beilein.

Former WVU recruit Noah Cottrill has cut ties with the program, but a trio of seniors led by former Preston Knights standout T.J. Thompson will be relied upon heavily to carry the squad.

The Bobcats were picked to finish ninth in the new Mountain East Conference. After Wednesday's loss to nationally-ranked Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Beilein admits his team has a lot of work to do.

"They're not ranked 14th in the nation for nothing. It started a lot with practice yesterday. We didn't have a great one and we kind of went through the motions. But that's what happens when you don't bring energy every day. So I still love my guys. We'll bounce back. They've got to learn to bring it everyday and especially against teams like this," Wesleyan Men's Basketball Head Coach Pat Beilein said.