NEW ALBANY —
The 2013-2014 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference preseason men’s basketball poll was released Wednesday by KIAC officials as the two teams in last season’s conference tournament championship game took the top two spots.
Defending conference champion Indiana University Southeast was unanimously selected as the top team by conference coaches. The Grenadiers received all 10 first-place votes and 100 total points.
Last season, IU Southeast won the regular-season and conference tournament championships for the sixth straight season. The Grenadiers proceeded to advance to the semifinals of the NAIA national tournament.
Asbury University sits in the second spot in the preseason poll with 80 points. The Eagles finished the 2012-2013 regular season with a 9-6 KIAC record. They were the conference tournament runner-up.
Cincinnati Christian University is third in the preseason poll with 72 points. Indiana University East is projected to finish fourth with 71 points, and Point Park University is fifth with 62. Berea College is sixth with 52, followed by Brescia University (40 points), Alice Lloyd College (32 points), conference newcomer Indiana University Kokomo (30 points) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (11 points).
The Grenadier women’s basketball team has been picked third in the KIAC preseason basketball poll, which also was released on Wednesday.
IU Southeast returns three starters from last season’s 17-13 squad, including NAIA All-American honorable-mention selection Heather Wheat.
Point Park and Alice Lloyd were selected by conference coaches to finish in the top spot after both received the same number of voting points.
Point Park won last season’s KIAC regular-season championship and advanced to the NAIA national tournament after winning the conference tourney.
Point Park received five first-place votes and 84 points. Alice Lloyd finished second in the conference last year with a 10-5 league record. It received three first-place votes and 84 points.
Indiana University Southeast got two first-place votes and 82 points. Asbury is projected fourth with 67 points. Brescia University is fifth with 66, followed by Berea (55 points), Carlow (42), Midway (37), Cincinnati Christian (21) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (12).
Both the men’s and women’s KIAC teams will have conference play start in November. The KIAC men’s and women’s tournaments will be Feb. 25–March 1.
— News and Tribune