The Wayne State College men’s basketball team was listed 12th overall and seventh in the South Division in the Preseason NSIC Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll released Thursday afternoon by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota. Wildcat senior guard Kendall Jacks was selected as Wayne State’s Player to Watch in the NSIC this season.
The Wildcats collected 73 points in voting conducted by league coaches. WSC returns three starters and six letter winners from last year’s team that was 14-17 overall and 9-13 in NSIC games.
Minnesota State and St. Cloud State tied for first overall in the poll with each team receiving 209 points. MSU had eight first-place votes to five for SCSU. Sioux Falls was third with 191 points and the remaining three first-place votes while Winona State (183) and Northern State (177) rounded out the top five teams. Southwest Minnesota State was picked sixth with 159 points followed by Augustana (127), MSU Moorhead (120), Upper Iowa (106) and Minnesota Duluth (103) closing out the top 10 teams.
Minnesota Crookston was 11th at 94 points with Wayne State 12th (73 pts). Minot State (58), Bemidji State (50), Concordia-St. Paul (44) and University of Mary (17) round out the coaches poll.
The NSIC South Division poll also finds a tie atop the poll with Minnesota State and Sioux Falls each receiving 43 points and four first-place votes. Winona State was third with 40 points and Southwest Minnesota State fourth at 31. Augustana (28), Upper Iowa (17), Wayne State (15) and Concordia-St. Paul (7) culminate the South Division poll.
Wayne State senior guard Kendall Jacks was listed as the Wildcat Player to Watch in the NSIC this season. A 6-4 guard from Bettendorf, Iowa, Jacks has started all but two games in his Wildcat career and has led WSC in scoring the last two seasons. Last year, Jacks posted team-highs in points (13.7), rebounds (4.9) and assists (2.2) while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 79.4 percent at the free throw line. Jacks had eight games with 20 or more points last season and scored double figures in 25 of 31 games.
Wayne State plays an exhibition game on Thursday, November 1st at Nebraska in a 7 p.m. contest. The Wildcats open the regular season on Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th at the Central Region Tip Off Classic in Warrensburg, Missouri, facing Pittsburg State November 9th at 4 p.m. and Central Missouri November 10th at 6 p.m.
Wayne State College was picked to finish 10th overall and sixth in the South Division in the Preseason NSIC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll announced Thursday afternoon by the league office in Burnsville, Minnesota. Wildcat sophomore forward Erin Norling was tabbed Wayne State’s Player to Watch in the NSIC this season.
The Wildcats received 98 points in voting done by league coaches. Wayne State returns two starters and nine letter winners from last year’s team that was 25-7 overall and second place in the NSIC South Division at 18-4.
Sioux Falls was selected as the team to beat in NSIC women’s basketball this season with nine first-place votes and 208 points followed by MSU Moorhead second with 185 points and three first-place votes. Concordia-St. Paul came in third at 178 points and two first-place votes with Augustana fourth at 175 points and one first-place vote.
Minnesota Duluth was fifth with 174 points while the University of Mary took sixth at 164 points and the final first-place vote. Rounding out the top 10 teams were Winona State (163), Northern State (133), Minnesota State (114) and Wayne State 10th with 98 points.
Closing out the overall poll were St. Cloud State (97), Southwest Minnesota State (73), Minnesota Crookston (63), Minot State (42), Bemidji State (30) and Upper Iowa (23).
Sioux Falls was also voted the favorite to win the NSIC South Division with 47 points and five first-place votes followed by Concordia-St. Paul with 40 points and two first-place votes and Augustana third with 38 points and one first-place vote. Winona State was fourth (34) with Minnesota State (22), Wayne State (21), Southwest Minnesota State (15) and Upper Iowa (7) closing out the divisional poll.
Sophomore Erin Norling was listed as Wayne State’s Player to Watch this season. The 5-11 forward from Loretto, Minnesota is the team’s top returning scorer from last season at 9.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Norling was an All-NSIC Freshmen Team selection last season and ranked fifth in the league in field goal percentage (.506) while making 84.9 percent from the free throw line. She had 15 games of 10 or more points and hit the game-winning shot in a 60-59 win at Winona State (2/17/18).
Wayne State will open the 2018-19 regular season hosting the NSIC/MIAA Crossover in Wayne on Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th. The ‘Cats face Northwest Missouri State on November 9th at 7:30 p.m. and battle Nebraska-Kearney on November 10th in a 5:30 p.m. contest.