Rocky Mountain Athletic College coaches have selected the Chadron State College men’s basketball team as the 14th-best team in the 15-team league, in a poll released today.
The preseason poll was voted on by the 15 head coaches of the RMAC. 14 points are awarded for a first-place vote, 13 for a second-place vote, continuing in descending order. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
The Eagles amassed 39 points, ahead of 15th place Western State (26 points), who finished 2015-16 tied with CSC at 14th, and just four points behind South Dakota Mines, who was 12th last season.
The last time Chadron State was tabbed 14th was prior to the 2013-14 season, when the Eagles finished 11-15 and tied for ninth in the league standings.
Colorado School of Mines (186 points) was selected as the top RMAC team, edging Fort Lewis (180) and MSU Denver (178).
Not appearing in the poll for the first time in 10 years was Western New Mexico University, who departed for the Lone Star Conference over the summer.
First-year head men’s basketball coach Houston Reed inherits a team with two returning starters and five total letterwinners from last season. Newcomers include seven transfer students and three true freshmen.
2016-17 Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1) Colorado Mines (5)- 186 points
2) Fort Lewis (7)- 180 points
3) MSU Denver (3)- 178 points
4) New Mexico Highlands- 133 points
5) UCCS- 131 points
6) Colorado Mesa- 130 points
7) CSU-Pueblo- 124 points
8) Regis- 107 points
9) Westminster- 92 points
10) Black Hills State- 75 points
11) Colorado Christian- 74 points
12) Adams State- 57 points
13) South Dakota Mines- 43 points
14) Chadron State- 39 points
15) Western State- 26 points