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Tigers Picked to Finish 10th in GPAC

(GPAC Release)  Dakota Wesleyan totaled 140 points and nine first-place votes and is the preseason coaches' selection to win the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men's Basketball Championship.  The Tigers, coaches by John Hemenway, posted a 25-9 record last year and finished in a tie for second in the league (with Briar Cliff) at 14-4.  Briar Cliff was tabbed second with 129 points and three first-place votes.  The Chargers totaled a 23-8 overall record last winter.  GPAC Postseason Champion Sioux Falls is third in the poll with 110 points, while regular season champion Morningside was picked fifth and garnered the final first place vote.  Morningside, Briar Cliff, Sioux Falls and Dakota Wesleyan all advanced to the NAIA National Tournament last year.   

Points were awarded on a 12-1 basis and coaches' could not vote for their own team.

Here is the complete 2009-10 GPAC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll:

Place School

Points

1st Place Votes

Dakota Wesleyan

140

9

2 Briar Cliff

129

3

Sioux Falls

110

 
Dordt

106

 
Morningside

105

1

Hastings

101

 
Northwestern

82

 
Concordia

69

 
Nebraska Wesleyan

49

 
10  Doane

43

 
11  Mount Marty

39

 
12  Dana

26

 
13  Midland Lutheran

16