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Fort Hays State tops MIAA men's basketball preseason polls

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Press Release MIAA Conference:

Fort Hays State, who sat tied atop thestandings last season, enters the season as the coaches pick to win the leagueand also the league's top pick in the media poll. In the coaches poll FHSU sitsatop the league despite receiving one less first place vote than NWMSU who sitsjust four points behind them. Five different teams grabbed at least one firstplace vote in the 2013-14 coaches poll with six drawing first place nods in themedia poll. 


Northwest Missouri, who played in the MIAA Tournament Championship game, gotnine first place votes and sits second in the media poll. Central Missouri, whoalso tied for first place in 2012-13, is is just two points ahead ofNortheastern State, who received a first place vote, in the coaches poll. Thetwo teams are divided by just five points in the media poll as each receivedfirst place votes. Central Oklahoma received a first place vote and sits fifthin the coaches poll while Washburn got a first place vote in the media and werepicked fifth. Missouri Southern also tallied a first place vote and is sixth inthe coaches poll with UCO being picked sixth by the media. Washburn is seventhin the coaches poll, while Pittsburg State was picked seventh by the media andeighth by the coaches.

In the media poll Lindenwood is eighth by just one point over Missouri Southernwho received a first place vote. Emporia State is ninth in the coaches polljust two points ahead of a LIndenwood and sit 10th in the media poll. In thecoaches poll Missouri Western is ahead of Southwest Baptist for 11th and 12thplace. In the media poll the teams flip-flop as the Bearcats hold the 11 spotby just one points. In both polls Nebraska-Kearney has been picked 13th withLincoln slated to finish in 14th place.

The MIAA slate of game is scheduled to get underway for many teams around theleague on December 5, 2013.

2013-14 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Fort Hays State (5)          153
2. Northwest Missouri (6)     149
3. Central Missouri              129
4. Northeastern State (1)     127
5. Central Oklahoma (1)       113
6. Missouri Southern (1)       104
7. Washburn                       101
8. Pittsburg State                  93
9. Emporia State                   83
10. Lindenwood                    81
11. Missouri Western            54
12. Southwest Baptist           46
13. Nebraska-Kearney           26
14. Lincoln                           15

2013-14 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Fort Hays State (13)         353
2. Northwest Missouri (9)     330
3. Central Missouri (2)          301
4. Northeastern State (1)     296
5. Washburn (1)                  265
6. Central Oklahoma           234
7. Pittsburg State                204
8. Lindenwood                  195
9. Missouri Southern (1)     194
10. Emporia State              164
11. Southwest Baptist         103
12. Missouri Western          102
13. Nebraska-Kearney          64
14. Lincoln                           30

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