Oct 10, 2019 2:35 AM

Griffons are 12th, 9th in preseason MIAA men's basketball polls

Posted Oct 10, 2019 2:35 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The MIAA Basketball Media Day took place Wednesday at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City and the MIAA released its annual preseason coaches and media polls. The Griffon men's basketball team is picked to finished 12th by the league's coaches and they are no. 9 in the media poll.

Missouri Western appeared right where they finished last season in the coaches poll while the media picked MWSU three spots better than last year's finish. The Griffons went 14-14 under first-year head coach Sundance Wicks and 6-13 in the MIAA. Wicks returns two starters and seven letter winners from last season. 2019 honorable mention All-MIAA point guard Tyrell Carroll will be the team's leading returner in points (14.3), rebounds (3.5) and assists (3.5). The Griffons begin the 2019-20 season in the Small College Basketball National Hall of Fame Classic, Nov. 1st and 2nd at St. Joseph's Civic Arena.

The coaches picked Northwest Missouri to repeat as MIAA champs, but had 2019 third place finisher Missouri Southern ahead of last year's runner-up, Washburn, for second. Otherwise the top four from last season to this year's preseason poll remained the same. Northeastern State was fifth in the coaches poll after finishing ninth a season ago and Central Missouri was sixth after missing the cut for the MIAA Championships with an 11th place finish last year.

The media went the same way on the top four for the men's poll, but after that there were some considerable changes. In the fifth spot on the media's poll was Pittsburg State, followed by Lincoln and Central Missouri. Northeastern State, which was fifth in the coaches poll, appeared 12th in the media poll. Emporia State was eighth in the media poll, but 10th in the coaches. Missouri Western was ninth in the media, but 12th in the coaches. Nebraska Kearney was picked 14th in both polls.

Men's Coaches Poll

1. Northwest Missouri (13) - 169 points

2. Missouri Southern (1) - 157 points

3. Washburn - 131 points

4. Fort Hays State - 124 points

5. Northeastern State - 99 points

6. Central Missouri - 96 points

7. Lincoln - 93 points

8. Pittsburg State - 92 points

9. Rogers State - 68 points

10. Emporia State - 66 points

11. Newman - 61 points

12. Missouri Western - 58 points

13. Central Oklahoma - 44 points

14. Nebraska Kearney - 16 points

Men's Media Poll

1. Northwest Missouri (19) - 279 points

2. Missouri Southern (1) - 259 points

3. Washburn - 238 points

4. Fort Hays State - 198 points

5. Pittsburg State - 183 points

6. Lincoln - 156 points

7. Central Missouri - 140 points

8. Emporia State - 123 points

9. Missouri Western - 120 points

10. Newman - 103 points

11. Rogers State - 102 points

12. Northeastern State - 88 points

13. Nebraska Kearney - 64 points

14. Central Oklahoma- 46 points

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Oct 10, 2019 2:35 AM
Missouri Western women's basketball picked 11th, 8th in preseason MIAA polls

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The MIAA Basketball Media Day took place Wednesday at the College Basketball Experience in Kansas City and the MIAA released its annual preseason coaches and media polls. The Griffon women's basketball team is picked to finished 11th by the league's coaches and they are no. 8 in the media poll.

After a tie for eighth place last year, the coaches tabbed the Griffon Women's Basketball team 11th with the media picking MWSU eighth. The Griffons went 14-16 overall with an 8-11 mark in MIAA play. First-year head coach Candi Whitaker will have two starters and seven returning letter winners, including 2019 first team All-MIAA guard Katrina Roenfeldt. In her junior season, Roenfeldt was second in the conference, averaging 16.7 points per game and broke the program's single-season record for three-pointers in a season with 86. Whitaker's first season leading the Griffons begins with an exhibition at Iowa State on Oct. 30. The regular season begins Nov. 8th and 9th at Civic Arena as the team co-hosts the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic with the men's team.

The women's coaches picked Fort Hays State to repeat as MIAA champions, but awarded four first place votes to Central Missouri, which was just six overall points behind the defending champs for first in the preseason poll. Lindenwood's departure after finishing third a season ago allowed for Washburn, Pittsburg State and Emporia State to slide up from last year's finishes. The coaches moved Nebraska-Kearney up a spot from last year's finish and put newcomer Newman in the Griffons' spot from a season ago. The coaches also picked Northwest Missouri 10th after finishing 12th with a 4-15 conference record last year.

Women's basketball media poll voters actually stayed more consistent with last year's standings in their preseason poll. The most notable change toward the top was the media's pick of Pittsburg State for third after a sixth place finish last season. Lincoln was 14th in both polls.

Women's Coaches Poll

1. Fort Hays State (10) - 166 points

2. Central Missouri (4) - 160 points

3. Washburn - 134 points

4. Pittsburg State - 131 points

5. Emporia State - 130 points

6. Nebraska Kearney - 100 points

7. Central Oklahoma - 97 points

8. Newman - 83 points

9. Missouri Southern - 67 points

10. Northwest Missouri - 64 points

11. Missouri Western - 62 points

12. Northeastern State - 37 points

13. Rogers State - 25 points

14. Lincoln - 17 points

Women's Media Poll

1. Fort Hays State (14) - 271 points

2. Central Missouri (6) - 263 points

3. Pittsburg State - 227 points

4. Washburn - 217 points

5. Emporia State - 213 points

6. Nebraska Kearney - 161 points

7. Central Oklahoma - 160 points

8. Missouri Western - 131 points

9. Newman - 120 points

10. Missouri Southern - 109 points

11. Northwest Missouri - 84 points

12. Rogers State - 73 points

13. Northeastern State - 47 points

14. Lincoln - 23 points

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