Ichabods Tabbed At The Top Of Coaches, Media Preseason Polls

By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: WU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Washburn Ichabods, who were ranked No. 4 in the NABC top 25 coaches poll, were picked as the top team entering the 2012-13 season. Washburn shared the MIAA title and won the conference tournament last season en route to a 25-8 season. Washburn will open the exhibition season at Kansas State on Oct. 30.

Washburn reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and returns 90 percent of its scoring and 94 percent of its rebounding, so expectations will be high entering the season. The Ichabods return nine players who saw action last season headlined by All-American and first team all-MIAA selection Will McNeill. Washburn also has a pair of senior honorable mention all-MIAA picks in Martin Mitchell and Bobby Chipman. Joined by two other seniors in Zack Riggins and Joseph Smith, the Ichabods are an experienced group who look to exceed last season's run to the MIAA title.

Washburn received 11 of the 15 first-place coaches votes totalling 188 points ahead of Central Missouri who had three first-place votes and 180 points followed by Northwest Missouri in third with 170 points and one first-place vote. Fort Hays State and Pittsburg State tied for fourth with 137 points while Missouri Southern was in sixth with 131 points. MIAA newcomers Central Oklahoma and Lindenwood were seventh and eighth while Southwest Baptist was ninth with 89 points. Emporia State was in 10th with 73 points and Nebraska-Kearney was 11th with 70 points. Missouri Western was 12th with 65 points while Truman was 13th with 54 points. Northeastern State had 39 points in 14th and Lincoln rounded out the coaches poll with 16 points in 15th.

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

On the media poll, the Ichabods received 17 of the 18 first-place votes from the media who cover the conference totalling 267 points. Central MIssouri was second with 243 and Northwest Missouri was third with 236 points. Missouri Southern received a first-place vote and was fourth with 204 points.

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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