Emporia State Men's Basketball 10th In Preseason MIAA Poll

By: ESU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: ESU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
Emporia State is picked to finish tenth in the expanded MIAA Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches and Media Polls released today.


October 22, 2012- Emporia State is picked to finish tenth in the expanded MIAA Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches and Media Polls released today. The MIAA has expanded to 15 teams this year with the top 12 teams making the MIAA Tournament. First round games of the tournament will be played on campus before the final eight advance to Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

The Hornets return two starters form last year’s team that advanced to the MIAA Postseason Tournament for the tenth straight year, joining Central Missouri and Missouri Southern as the only men’s teams to participate in the tournament every year it has been in Kansas City. Coach Shaun Vandiver became the first coach to take his team to the MIAA Tournament in his first season as a head coach since Kim Anderson did it at Central Missouri in 2003.

Chris Sights averaged 10.9 points per game and is the Hornets' leading returning scorer. Sights also shot .427 from three point range and averaged 3.5 rebounds per game last season. Taylor Euler is the other returning starter, who averaged 8.0 ppg and 3.0 assists per game.

The Hornets have a host of newcomers including freshmen Terrence Moore and Micah Swank, who were All-State selections in Kansas, and five transfers.

The Hornets open the exhibition season on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Tulsa. Tip-off from the Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla. is set for 3:05 p.m. Emporia State will also play exhibition games at Kansas on Oct. 30 and Kansas State on Nov. 4 before opening the regular season on Nov. 10 at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Mo.

Link to men's basketball virtual media day

2012-13 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Washburn (11) 188
2. Central Missouri (3) 180
3. Northwest Missouri (1) 170
T4. Fort Hays State 137
T4. Pittsburg State 137
6. Missouri Southern 131
7. Central Oklahoma 119
8. Lindenwood 107
9. Southwest Baptist 89
10. Emporia State 73
11. Nebraska-Kearney 70
12. Missouri Western 65
13. Truman 54
14. Northeastern State 39
15. Lincoln 16

2012-13 MIAA Preseason Media Poll
1. Washburn (17) 267
2. Central Missouri 243
3. Northwest Missouri 236
4. Missouri Southern (1) 204
5. Pittsburg State 173
T6. Fort Hays State 171
T6. Lindenwood 171
8. Southwest Baptist 146
9. Central Oklahoma 132
10. Emporia State 96
11. Nebraska-Kearney 94
12. Truman 89
13. Missouri Western 74
14. Northeastern State 43
15. Lincoln 21

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