NSIC Preseason Basketball Polls

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Minnesota State was selected by the league coaches as the preseason favorites in the NSIC for the 2019-20 season. The Mavericks received 214 points, garnering seven first places votes to sit six points ahead of second place Augustana. The Vikings had 208 points and six first place votes. Minnesota Duluth was third with 196 points and the other three first place votes.

In the divisional rankings, Minnesota Duluth was the unanimous choice in the north, picking up all seven first place votes for 49 points. Northern State was second with 40 points and the other first place vote (coaches cannot vote for their own team). In the south, Minnesota State held the top spot with 47 points and five first place votes. Augustana was second with 44 points and the other three first place votes.

NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players in the preseason poll.

The NSIC regular season championship will be based on the 22-game schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be awarded.

The 16-team NSIC / Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships are set to take place Sat.-Tues., February 29 to March 3 at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. First round games will be played on the campus of the top eight seeds on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The 2019-20 men’s basketball season gets underway on Friday, November 1 with Wayne State at the D2CCA Division II Tip Off Classic with the rest of the league starting up on Friday, November 8. Conference action beginning for the majority of teams on Saturday, November 30.

North Division Points
1. Minnesota Duluth (7) 49
2. Northern State (1) 40
3. Minnesota State Moorhead 39
4. Minnesota Crookston 25
5. Bemidji State 21
6. St. Cloud State 20
7. University of Mary 18
8. Minot State 12
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South Division Points
1. Minnesota State (5) 47
2. Augustana (3) 44
3. Winona State 37
4. Sioux Falls 25
5. Wayne State 24
6. Southwest Minnesota State 22
7. Upper Iowa 18
8. Concordia-St. Paul 7
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Overall Points
1. Minnesota State (7) 214
2. Augustana (6) 208
3. Minnesota Duluth (3) 196
4. Northern State 177
5. MSU Moorhead 169
6. Winona State 164
7. Minnesota Crookston 109
8. St. Cloud State 106
9. Bemidji State 100
10. Sioux Falls 96
10. Wayne State 96
12. Southwest Minnesota State 91
13. Upper Iowa 62
14. University of Mary 59
15. Minot State 51
16. Concordia-St. Paul 22
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BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Minnesota State University Moorhead was selected by the league coaches as the overall and north division preseason favorite in the NSIC for the 2019-20 season.

The Dragons received nine first place votes and amassed 217 points. Sioux Falls received six first place votes to rank second with 214 points and was the coaches’ choice in the south division. Minnesota Duluth was third overall with 194 points and a first place vote while Augustana was fourth and Minnesota State fifth.

NSIC coaches rank each team in the NSIC in the overall poll and team from their division in the divisional poll. In the overall poll coaches rank from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players.

The regular season champion will be based on the 22-game NSIC schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be awarded.

The 16-team NSIC / Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships are set to take place March 1-3 at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. First round games will be played on the campus of the top eight seeds on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The 2019-20 women’s basketball season gets underway on Friday, November 1 with the University of Mary playing in the D2CCA Invite, the rest of the league begins Friday, Nov. 8 while conference action begins on Saturday, November 30.

North Division Points
1. MSU Moorhead (6) 48
2. Minnesota Duluth (1) 43
3. St. Cloud State (1) 37
4. University of Mary 32
5. Northern State 25
6. Minnesota Crookston 16
7. Bemidji State 15
8. Minot State 8
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South Division Points
1. Sioux Falls (7) 49
2. Augustana 39
3. Minnesota State (1) 35
4. Winona State 28
5. Wayne State 25
6. Southwest Minnesota State 21
7. Concordia-St. Paul 20
8. Upper Iowa 7
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Overall Points
1. MSU Moorhead (9) 217
2. Sioux Falls (6) 214
3. Minnesota Duluth (1) 194
4. Augustana 169
5. Minnesota State 156
6. St. Cloud State 155
7. University of Mary 140
8. Winona State 125
9. Southwest Minnesota State 107
10. Concordia-St. Paul 104
11. Wayne State 103
12. Northern State 82
13. Bemidji State 49
14. Minnesota Crookston 48
15. Minot State 40
16. Upper Iowa 17
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Courtesy: NSIC