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 Minnesota State was selected by the league coaches as the preseason favorite in the NSIC for the 2019-20 season. The Mavericks received 214 points, garnering seven first places votes to sit six points ahead of second place Augustana. The Vikings had 208 points and six first place votes. Minnesota Duluth was third with 196 points and the other three first place votes.
In the divisional rankings, Minnesota Duluth was the unanimous choice in the north, picking up all seven first place votes for 49 points. Northern State was second with 40 points and the other first place vote (coaches cannot vote for their own team). In the south, Minnesota State held the top spot with 47 points and five first place votes. Augustana was second with 44 points and the other three first place votes.

NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players in the preseason poll.

The NSIC regular season championship will be based on the 22-game schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be awarded. The 16-team NSIC / Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships are set to take place Sat.-Tues., February 29 to March 3 at the Sanford Health Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. First round games will be played on the campus of the top eight seeds on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The 2019-20 men’s basketball season gets underway on Friday, November 1 with Wayne State at the D2CCA Division II Tip Off Classic with the rest of the league starting up on Friday, November 8. Conference action beginning for the majority of teams on Saturday, November 30.

NSIC Players to Watch - 2019-20
Preseason Players of the Year in Italics (More info at link above) 

# South Division Pos Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown High School
23 Matt Cartwright  G 6’4 180 Jr. AUGIE Sioux Falls, S.D. O’Gorman
15 Jordan Coblin 6’1 185 Jr.  CSP Boca Raton, Fla. Grandview Prep
21 Cameron Kirksey F 6’7 215 Sr. MSU Apple Valley, Minn. Apple Valley
5 Teathloach Pal  F 6’9 210 Jr. USF Fridley, Minn. Fridley
13 Kenny Byers G 6’4 194 Jr. SMSU Olathe, Kan. Olathe North
20 Joe Smoldt G 6’0 175 Jr. UIU Reinbeck, Iowa Gadbrook-Reinbeck
32 Jordan Janssen F 6’7 215 So. WSC Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln East
24 Kevion Taylor F 6’5 215 Jr. WSU Milwaukee, Wis. Whitnall
# North Division Pos Ht. Wt. Yr. School Hometown High School
3 Ja Morgan PG 6’1 180 Sr. BSU Las Vegas, Nev. Palo Verde
0  Jaylan White G 5’11 175 Sr. UMARY St. Charles, Iowa Interstate 35
0 Harrison Cleary PG 6’1 180 Sr. UMC Oak Creek, Wis. Oak Creek
10 Brandon Myer F 6’8 210 Sr. UMD Superior, Wis. Superior
1 Johnny Beeninga G 6’1 175 Sr. MSUM Wayzata, Minn. Wayzata
3 Kyle Beisch G 6’3 185 Sr. MINOT  Fort Dodge, Iowa Fort Dodge 
24 Parker Fox F 6’8 210 So. NSU Mahtomedi Minn. Mahtomedi 
4 Trevon Marshall G 6’0 160 Sr. SCSU Evanston, Ill. Evanston