Burnsville, Minn.(KWSN) - Minnesota State was the unanimous choice in the 2013-14 NSIC Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ overall and south division poll. The defending NSIC Overall, South Division and NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Champions received 225 points and all 15 first place votes (coaches cannot vote for own team).
St. Cloud State, the coaches choice in the north, and Winona State tied for second in the poll with 191 points. Augustana was fourth with 181 and a first place vote. Southwest Minnesota State was fifth with 174 points.NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players.
The regular season champion will be based on the 22-game NSIC schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be awarded.
The 16-team NSIC / Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships are set to take place Sat.-Tues., March 1-4 at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. First round games will be played on the campus of the top eight seeds on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The 2013-14 men’s basketball season gets underway on Friday, November 8 and NSIC action on the week of November 25.
Courtesy: Northern Sun Conference