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Men's Basketball - Tue, Oct. 29, 2013

October 29, 2013

NAIA DIVISION II MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After making their first-ever appearance in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National poll last season, Dakota State is ranked No. 18 in the preseason poll announced by the national office Tuesday evening.  

The Trojans were ranked No. 14 (tie with Bellevue, Neb.) in last year's NAIA national postseason poll after advancing to the NAIA 'Elite Eight' for the first time since 1992. 

DSU tallied a total of 175 points in the preseason national poll.

Dakota State captured back-to-back Association Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Postseason Tournament Champions.  In addition, the Trojans set a DSU school record for most victories in school history with 25 wins last season.

The Trojans were picked as the league favorite to win the inaugural North Star Athletic Association men's basketball this year.

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), who won last year NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships, boasts the No. 1 ranking in the 2013-14 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. 

Dakota State opens their 2013-14 season at home Wednesday night.  The Trojans welcome their in-state rival Mount Marty with the first serve set for 7 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and independents.  The first regular-season Top 25 poll will be announced on Dec. 3.

Below is the 2013-14 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll:

Rank

Last
Week^

School (1st Place Votes)                 

2012-13 Record

Total Points

1

1

Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (13)

35-5

374

2

7

Indiana Wesleyan

26-7

350

3

17

Embry-Riddle (Fla.)

25-9

344

4

10

Southern Oregon (1)

25-10

334

5

6

Northwood (Fla.)

30-4

318

6

NR

Robert Morris (Ill.)

17-14

315

7

2

William Penn (Iowa)

34-2

296

8

18

Midland (Neb.)

21-13

281

9

12

Bethel (Ind.)

25-10

273

10

11

Davenport (Mich.)

27-7

269

11

8

Saint Xavier (Ill.)

29-6

247

12

13

Warner Pacific (Ore.)

27-7

236

13

RV

Oklahoma Wesleyan

21-11

218

14

T20

St. Thomas (Fla.)

21-12

211

15

9

Northwestern (Iowa)

24-7

202

16

5

Grace (Ind.)

24-10

201

17

22

Madonna (Mich.)

25-9

186

18

T14

Dakota State (S.D.)

25-9

175

19

T14

Bellevue (Neb.)

24-11

169

20

24

Tennessee Wesleyan

25-8

118

21

NR

Oregon Tech

16-15

109

22

23

Cal Maritime

25-7

103

23

RV

Hastings (Neb.)

20-11

95

24

19

York (Neb.)

24-9

90

25

T25

Rochester (Mich.)

30-4

82

Others receiving votes:  Friends (Kan.) 58; Marian (Ind.) 54; Cornerstone (Mich.) 46; Northwest (Wash.) 42; Morningside (Iowa) 26; Southeastern (Fla.) 18; Viterbo (Wis.) 16; Ashford (Iowa) 12; Saint Mary (Kan.) 11; Jamestown (N.D.) 10; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 9; Huntington (Ind.); Warner (Fla.) 3.

^ranking on March 20, 2013 in the 2012-13 Coaches' Postseason Top 25

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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