Lincoln men's basketball picked to finish last in MIAA

It’s about as you’d expect.

The Lincoln Blue Tigers were picked to finish 14th by both the coaches and media when the preseason men’s MIAA basketball polls were released Wednesday.

Lincoln finished last in the coaches poll with 15 points, 11 behind 13th-place Nebraska-Kearney. Fort Hays State was picked to win the conference with 153 points, barely edging out Northwest Missouri (149). The latter, however, held a 6-5 edge in first-place votes.

Lincoln garnered 30 points in the media poll, finishing 34 points behind Nebraska-Kearney. Fort Hays State was also picked to win the league with 353 points, garnering a MIAA-best 13 first-place votes. Northwest Missouri was picked second with 330 points and nine first-place votes.

Lincoln returns just two starters from a squad that went 3-25 overall and 2-16 in league play in 2012-13, and lost the MIAA’s leading scorer from a season ago.

Cedric Ridle Jr. topped the conference with 21 points per game last season as a senior.

Charles Cole is the top returning scorer for the Blue Tigers at 15 points per game.

Lincoln opens the regular season with a contest Nov. 9 against Arkansas Tech in the Southwest Baptist University Classic in Bolivar.

MIAA Men’s Basketball

Preseason Coaches Poll

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association released its preseason coaches poll Wednesday. First-place votes are in parentheses. Here are the results:

  1. Fort Hays State (5) 153
  2. Northwest Missouri (6) 149
  3. Central Missouri 129
  4. Northeastern State (1) 127
  5. Central Oklahoma (1) 113
  6. Missouri Southern (1) 104
  7. Washburn 101
  8. Pittsburg State 93
  9. Emporia State 83
  10. Lindenwood 81
  11. Missouri Western 54
  12. Southwest Baptist 46
  13. Nebraska-Kearney 26
  14. Lincoln 15

Preseason Media Poll

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association released its preseason media poll Wednesday. First-place votes are in parentheses. Here are the results:

  1. Fort Hays State (13) 353
  2. Northwest Missouri (9) 330
  3. Central Missouri (2) 301
  4. Northeastern State (1) 296
  5. Washburn (1) 265
  6. Central Oklahoma 234
  7. Pittsburg State 204
  8. Lindenwood 195
  9. Missouri Southern (1) 194
  10. Emporia State 164
  11. Southwest Baptist 103
  12. Missouri Western 102
  13. Nebraska-Kearney 64
  14. Lincoln 30

Adam Stillman’s Ballot

  1. Fort Hays State; 2. Northeastern State; 3. Northwest Missouri; 4. Central Missouri; 5. Central Oklahoma.
  2. Lindenwood; 7. Washburn; 8. Pittsburg State; 9. Missouri Southern; 10. Emporia State.
  3. Missouri Western; 12. Southwest Baptist; 13. Nebraska-Kearney; 14. Lincoln.

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