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Bellevue (Neb.) collected seven first-place votes and 57 points to secure the top spot in the 2020-21 North Star Athletic Association men's basketball coaches' preseason poll, announced by the conference office Thursday.  The Bruins had won five consecutive league title since joining the conference in 2015-16.  BU finished their 2019-20 season with an overall record of 24-8 and 13-1 record in North Star contests.

 

Mayville State (N.D.) earned the final first-place vote and registered 51 points to finish second in the poll.  The Comets won the conference postseason tournament for the third consecutive year, defeating Waldorf (Iowa) in last year's championship game.  MSU qualified for the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament and finished with an overall record of 24-5.

 

Valley City State (N.D.) placed third in the preseason poll after recording 44 points.  Waldorf was fourth with 41 points.  Dakota State (S.D.) edged Viterbo (Wis.) 27-26 to place fifth in the poll.  Dickinson State (N.D.) registered 23 points to finish seventh, followed by Presentation (S.D.) eighth with 19 points.

 

Points are awarded on an 8-1 basis and coaches could vote for their own team.

The NSAA conference season gets underway on Dec. 5 with traveling partners playing each other.  Bellevue hosts Dakota State, Waldorf travels to Viterbo, Mayville State welcomes Presentation and Dickinson State visits Valley City State.

 

Each NSAA member will be play a total of 14 conference game, playing seven home games and seven road games during the conference season.

 

The NSAA conference tournament opening round kicks off on Feb. 24.  The four opening round winners will advance to the 'Final Four' tournament to be held at Watertown Civic Arena in Watertown, S.D. on Feb. 27-28.

 

The NAIA national tournament will be in a new format this year, with all the schools competing in one division.  The NSAA's tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament's Opening Round on March 12-13, 2021.  The winner of the national tournament's opening round will move on to the final site in the NAIA National Championships, held in Kansas City, Mo. from March 18-23, 2021.

 

Here is the complete 2020-21 NSAA Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Poll:

2020-21 North Star Athletic Association Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Bellevue (Neb.) (7)

57

2

Mayville State (N.D.) (1)

51

3

Valley City State (N.D.)

44

4

Waldorf (Iowa)

41

5

Dakota State (S.D.)

27

6

Viterbo (Wis.)

26

7

Dickinson State (N.D.)

23

8

Presentation (S.D.)

19

*First-place votes in parenthesis

 
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