Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) men's basketball team has been picked to finish seventh in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) preseason coaches' poll, which was released on Thursday.
The Bulldogs return four starters from a 2011-12 squad that finished with a (14-13) overall record, including senior captain Jake Hottenstine.
UMD does welcome a new head coach this season, with Matt Bowen taking over for longtime men's head coach Gary Holquist. Bowen comes to the Bulldogs from Bemidji state, where he was named the NSIC coach of the year following last season.
Below are listed the full results of the NSIC preseason coaches' poll, with a team's repsective first-place votes in parentheses.
NSIC PRESEASON MEN'S BASKETBALL COACHES' POLL
1. Winona State (10)
2. Southwest Minnesota State (1)
4. St. Cloud State
5. MSU-Moorhead (1)
6. Augustana (1)
8. Northern State
9. Concordia-St. Paul
10. Wayne State
11. Sioux Falls
12t. Bemidji State
12t. Upper Iowa
14. University of Mary
15. Minot State