MSU Basketball predicted to finish fifth in NSIC Preseason Poll

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

MSU, which finished the 2016-17 season with a 21-10 record, claimed the fifth spot in the poll after receiving 172 points. Northern State topped the poll with 213 points and eight first-place votes, with Southwest Minnesota State following right behind with 211 points and seven first-place votes.

Augustana claimed the third spot in the poll with 190 points, while MSU Moorhead took fourth with one first-place vote and 187 points.

In the south division poll, the Mavericks took the third spot with 37 points and one first-place vote. SMSU sits atop the south division poll with 45 points and four first-place votes. Augustana claimed the second spot in the south division poll with 44 points and two first-place votes.

Sophomore Cameron Kirksey was named Minnesota State’s Player to Watch. As a freshman, Kirksey averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 54% from the field and 46.7% from behind the three point line. Kirksey also led the Mavericks in blocks with 44.

Minnesota State opens its 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10, as it takes on Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kan. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Northern State (8) 213
2. Southwest Minnesota State (7) 211
3. Augustana 190
4. MSU Moorhead (1) 187
5. Minnesota State 172
6. St. Cloud State 153
7. Minot State 134
8. Upper Iowa 123
9. Sioux Falls 97
10. Bemidji State 92
11. Wayne State 91
12. Winona State 90
13. Minnesota Duluth 46
T14. Concordia-St. Paul 44
T14. Minnesota Crookston 44
16. University of Mary 33

NSIC South Division Poll

Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Southwest Minnesota State (4) 45
2. Augustana (2) 44
3. Minnesota State (1) 37
4. Upper Iowa (1) 32
5. Sioux Falls 23
6. Wayne State 20
7. Winona State 15
8. Concordia-St. Paul 8

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