Wichita State picked first in preseason Missouri Valley basketball poll

10/30/2013 12:19 PM

10/30/2013 12:19 PM

Coming off a Final Four appearance, Wichita State is the unanimous favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball title.

The Shockers, 30-9 last season, received all 40 first-place votes, making them the second unanimous pick in the past 25 seasons of the poll. Coaches, sports information directors, reporters and radio broadcasters from each of the 10 Valley schools vote. Wichita State is favored for the first time since 2011.

Wichita State’s women’s team was picked second behind Indiana State. The Shockers went 24-10 last season and shared the Valley title with Creighton before both teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The Shockers swept the preseason men’s player of the year awards. Senior forward Cleanthony Early is the pick on the men’s side. Junior guard Alex Harden is the women’s selection. Sophomore guard Ron Baker joined Early on the all-Valley men’s team.

Missouri State’s men’s team was picked to finish fourth behind Wichita State, Indiana State and Northern Iowa. Bears sophomore guard Marcus Marshall was chosen to the preseason all-Valley team.

Missouri Valley men’s basketball poll
School (first-place votes) Points
1. Wichita State (40) 400
2. Indiana State 352
3. Northern Iowa 318
4. Missouri State 258
5. Bradley 244
6. Evansville 186
7. Illinois State 139
8. Southern Illinois 123
9. Loyola of Chicago 95
10. Drake 85
Missouri Valley women’s basketball poll
School (first-place votes)   Points
1. Indiana State (26) 378
2. Wichita State (13) 360
3. Northern Iowa 259
4. Drake 221
5. Missouri State  216
6. Loyola of Chicago (1) 211
7. Bradley 194
8. Illinois State 166 
9. Evansville 104
10. Southern Illinois 91 

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