October 27, 2010

2010-11 NWC Men's Basketball Coaches Poll

2010-11 Men's Basketball Coaches Pre-Season Poll:
School (1st) Pts. 2009-10 All 2009-10 NWC
1. Whitworth (Wash.) (9) 90 26-3 16-0
2. Linfield (Ore.)   62 12-13 10-6
3. Lewis & Clark (Ore.)   58 10-16 9-7
4. George Fox (Ore.)   42 13-14 9-7
4. Pacific Lutheran (Wash.)   42 9-14 7-9
4. Whitman (Wash.)   42 12-13 6-10
7. Willamette (Ore.)   35 9-16 6-10
8. Puget Sound (Wash.)   34 9-16 5-11
9. Pacific (Ore.)   10 8-17 4-12

(First-place votes in parenthesis. Points awarded on 10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis).

 

Whitworth is Unanimous Pick in 2010-11

Spokane, Wash. - Northwest Conference men's basketball coaches have picked defending champion Whitworth University as the unanimous favorite to finish atop the 2010-11 standings.  The Pirates are aiming for their fourth NWC title in the last five seasons.

Whitworth picked up all nine first place votes and 90 points in the poll.  The Pirates return three starters from last winter, including two-time First Team All-NWC forward David Riley, one of only two non-seniors on last season's first team.

After Whitworth the poll becomes much more jumbled.  Five different teams picked up at least one second place vote, and of those five - four also were voted as low as seventh. 

Linfield College totaled the second-highest point total (62). Senior post K.C. Wiser, the other returning First Team All-NWC selection from last winter, will lead the Wildcats. 

Lewis & Clark College is third in the poll with 58 points.  The Pioneers welcome back Second Team All-NWC guards James Hollins and Kelly Edwards.

Then there is a three-way tie for fourth place in the poll between George Fox University, Pacific Lutheran University and Whitman College - all with 42 points.  Senior point guard Stephen Wisely will direct the GFU attack.  Senior wing Kyle McTaggert will close out a strong career at PLU.  Whitman junior guard Brandon Shaw is the NWC's second-leading returning scorer from 2009-10.

Willamette University (35 points) and University of Puget Sound (34) are seventh and eighth in the poll, separated by a single point.  Junior post Taylor Mounts returns to lead the Bearcats.  Junior forward Kaleb Shelton is the leading returnee for UPS.

Pacific University rounds out the poll with 10 points.  New head coach Tim Cleary will look to turn around the fortunes of the Boxers.

The Northwest Conference will use a conference tournament, comprised of the top four regular season teams, to decide the automatic (Pool A) bid to the NCAA tournament.

The season officially gets underway on November 15th with Lewis & Clark hosting The Master's College (Calif.).

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