Maverick Men’s Basketball picked to finish first in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

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The Minnesota State men’s basketball team has been picked to finish first in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

MSU, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season and boasted a 22-10 record, received 11 first-place votes and a total of 220 points to claim the top spot in the rankings. Minnesota State also claimed the top spot in the south division poll with five first-place votes and 47 points.

Augustana received two first-place votes and 190 points for the second spot in the poll, with MSU Moorhead and St. Cloud State following in third place with 183 points each. Winona State (5th/174 points) and Sioux Falls (6th/172 points) rounded out the top-six.

Senior Jon Fuqua was named the NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year. Last season, Fuqua claimed All-NSIC Second Team honors after averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game, while shooting 55.8% from the field. Along with seven double-doubles, Fuqua also eclipsed the 20-point plateau 10 times last season, including a season-high 29 point performance in MSU’s double overtime win against Northern State.

The Mavericks open exhibition play on Thursday, Nov. 3, as they host Saint John’s at 7:00 p.m., in Taylor Center. MSU begins its regular season schedule on the road in St. Cloud, Minn., as it faces Pittsburg State on Friday, Nov. 11, at 5:00 p.m.

NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Minnesota State (11) 220
2. Augustana (2) 190
T-3. MSU Moorhead (1) 183
T-3. St. Cloud State 183
5. Winona State (1) 174
6. Sioux Falls (1) 172
7. Northern State 151
8. Southwest Minnesota State 124
9. Upper Iowa 102
10. University of Mary 96
11. Concordia-St. Paul 73
T-12. Minnesota Duluth 72
T-12. Minot State 72
14. Bemidji State 57
15. Wayne State 29
16. Minnesota Crookston 22

NSIC South Division Poll

Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Minnesota State (5) 47
2. Augustana (2) 42
3. Sioux Falls (1) 36
4. Winona State (1) 35
5. Southwest Minnesota State 23
6. Upper Iowa 20
7. Concordia-St. Paul 14
8. Wayne State 7

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