Lakeland College tabbed second in preseason poll by NAC men's basketball coaches
Athletics - posted on 11/2/2006
Lakeland College received three first place votes to be selected as second in the Northern Athletics Conference men's basketball coaches' preseason poll. Aurora University received 8 of the 11 first place votes in the poll to be picked to win the inaugural NAC title this upcoming season. Edgewood College was picked third.
The Aurora University Spartans (16-9) finished second in the former Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference last season, and finished the season on a strong note, winning five of their last seven games, falling only to NIIC champion, Clarke College, twice. Aurora made the NCAA Division III Championship in 2005, falling in the first round to Calvin College. That appearance marked their third trip to the national event in six seasons, and fourth overall.
The Muskies of Lakeland College finished the 2005-06 campaign with a 21-6 record, and won the championship in the former Lake Michigan Conference with a 13-1 mark. The Muskies made their first and only trip to the NCAA Championship two seasons ago in 2004, falling to Lawrence University.
Edgewood College (15-12) finished last season strong, winning 9 of their last 12 games. The Eagles defeated Lakeland in the LMC tournament semifinal, before losing to Wisconsin Lutheran College in the tournament final.
Edgewood has appeared in the NCAA Division III Championship in both 2002 and 2005.
"We are excited that the coaches in our conference recognize that we have a solid core group of returning players," said Lakeland head coach Kyle Brumett. "Our second place pick is due to their hard work and past performance, but the poll is about past performance. It is about what we are going to do now that matters."
"This is a very different team from the 2005-2006 season, but our players do work as hard as any group I have ever been around. If they keep that up, we will have a chance to be a good team as the season progresses."
2006-07 NAC Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Aurora University (8), 117
2. Lakeland College (3), 102
3. Edgewood College, 95
4. Dominican University, 84
5. Benedictine University, 70
6. Wisconsin Lutheran College, 66
7. Concordia University Chicago, 52, Rockford College, 52
9. Concordia University-Wisconsin, 41
10. Marian College, 36
11. Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 11
First place votes in parentheses.
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