NWC Tabbed As Conference Favorites

The Northwestern College men’s basketball team is the preseason favorite based on the GPAC Preseason Coaches’ poll released earlier today by the league office.

The Red Raiders earned seven of the 10 possible first place votes and totaled 78 points, five better than Dakota Wesleyan (73), who received two first place votes. Briar Cliff was picked third and earned the final first place vote, followed by Morningside and Midland.

Northwestern returns four starters and seven letterwinners from a 2017 team that finished second in the GPAC regular season with a 13-5 record and went on to win the conference postseason championship. They qualified for the NAIA D-II Championship, earning a win over Washington Adventist in the first round before losing to Indiana Wesleyan. Kris Korver returns for his 18th season as the Red Raiders head coach.

Northwestern will make its season debut on Friday, Nov. 3 at the University of Jamestown.

1. Northwestern            78 pts        7  1st place votes
2. Dakota Wesleyan     73 pts        2  1st place votes
3. Briar Cliff                   61 pts        1  1st place vote
4. Morningside              57 pts
5. Midland                     54 pts
6. Hastings                    38 pts
7. Dordt                         33 pts
8. Concordia                 28 pts
9. Doane                       18 pts
10.Mount Marty             9 pts



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