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story.lead_photo.caption Yaniel Vidal congratulates Lincoln teammates during a game last season against Newman at Jason Gym. Photo by News Tribune / News Tribune.

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association tipped off the college basketball season during the MIAA basketball media day session Tuesday in Kansas City.

During the media day, the MIAA unveiled both the coaches and media polls for the men's and women's teams.

The Lincoln men were picked to finish 10th out of 14 teams by both the coaches and the media. The Lincoln women were picked to tie for 13th by the coaches and finish 14th by the media.

The Northwest Missouri men, the reigning NCAA Division II national champions, were the unanimous pick at No. 1 by the media. The Bearcats received 13 of the 14 first-place votes by the coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Washburn received the other first-place vote in the coaches poll. The Ichabods were picked to finish second by both the coaches and the media.

Central Oklahoma, Missouri Southern and Missouri Western round out the top five in the men's coaches poll, while Missouri Western, Missouri Southern and Central Oklahoma were Nos. 3-5 in the media poll.

Four teams received at least one first-place vote in the women's coaches poll.

Fort Hays State garnered six of the 14 first-place votes and was picked No. 1. Central Missouri, which reached the Final Four last season, was No. 2 with three first-place votes, while Nebraska-Kearney also had three first-place votes at No. 3. Emporia State took the remaining two first-place votes at No. 4.

In the women's media poll, Central Missouri and Fort Hays State tied for first place with 118 points. The Jennies had five first-place votes and the Tigers had the remaining four first-place votes.

Nebraska-Kearney, Emporia State and Central Oklahoma round out the top five in the media poll.

Here are the complete MIAA coaches and media polls, as well as the News Tribune's ballots:

Men's MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

First-place votes in parentheses. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Rank, team    Points

1. Northwest Missouri (13)    169

2. Washburn (1)    157

3. Central Oklahoma    141

4. Missouri Southern    125

5. Missouri Western    115

6. Fort Hays State    112

7. Rogers State    88

8. Pittsburg State    86

9. Emporia State    78

10. Lincoln    60

11. Central Missouri    59

12. Nebraska-Kearney    39

13. Northeastern State    31

14. Newman    14

Men's MIAA Preseason Media Poll

First-place votes in parentheses.

Rank, team    Points

1. Northwest Missouri (9)    126

2. Washburn    116

3. Missouri Western    99

4. Missouri Southern    90

5. Central Oklahoma    86

6. Fort Hays State    74

7. Emporia State    73

8. Rogers State    63

9. Pittsburg State    61

10. Lincoln    60

11. Central Missouri    38

12. Nebraska-Kearney    28

13. Northeastern State    16

14. Newman    15

News Tribune's Ballot

1. Northwest Missouri, 2. Missouri Western, 3. Washburn, 4. Missouri Southern, 5. Central Oklahoma.

6. Fort Hays State, 7. Lincoln, 8. Pittsburg State, 9. Emporia State, 10. Rogers State.

11. Central Missouri, 12. Nebraska-Kearney, 13. Northeastern State, 14. Newman.

Women's MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

First-place votes in parentheses. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Rank, team    Points

1. Fort Hays State (6)    159

2. Central Missouri (3)    154

3. Nebraska-Kearney (3)    153

4. Emporia State (2)    136

5. Central Oklahoma    121

6. Washburn    106

7. Pittsburg State    94

8. Missouri Western    78

9. (tie) Missouri Southern    71

9. (tie) Northwest Missouri    71

11. Northeastern State    49

12. Rogers State    34

13. (tie) Lincoln    24

13. (tie) Newman    24

Women's MIAA Preseason Media Poll

First-place votes in parentheses.

Rank, team    Points

1. (tie) Central Missouri (5)    118

1. (tie) Fort Hays State (4)    118

3. Nebraska-Kearney    112

4. Emporia State    98

5. Central Oklahoma    87

6. Washburn    72

7. Pittsburg State    70

8. Missouri Western    65

9. Northwest Missouri    62

10. Missouri Southern    49

11. (tie) Northeastern State    32

11. (tie) Rogers State    32

13. Newman    18

14. Lincoln    12

News Tribune's Ballot

1. Central Missouri, 2. Fort Hays State, 3. Nebraska-Kearney, 4. Emporia State, 5. Central Oklahoma.

6. Washburn, 7. Pittsburg State, 8. Missouri Southern, 9. Missouri Western, 10. Rogers State.

11. Northeastern State, 12. Northwest Missouri, 13. Lincoln, 14. Newman.

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