Washburn was picked ninth in the MIAA preseason poll announced Thursday and voted on by the league head coaches. The Ichabods are coming off an 8-19 season last year in which they finished last in the MIAA at 4-14.
Head coach Bob Chipman will return for his 29th season at Washburn with four seniors on the team and three returning starters. Joining the six total returning letter-winners will be eight newcomers and a returning redshirt.
Northwest Missouri State was selected to repeat as league champions after sharing the title with Central Missouri last year. The Mules were selected second in the poll. Washburn received 26 points in the voting, one less than No. 8 Truman and four more than 10th-ranked Missouri Southern.
The Ichabods will tip off the season with a pair of exhibitions against Division I schools. They will play at UNLV November 6 and then at UMKC November 13. The regular season will begin with a game at DI Kansas November 15. The first home games will be during the Topeka Capitol Plaza/WIBW Holiday Tournament on November 23-24 at Lee Arena.