TERRE HAUTE —
Big things are expected from the Indiana State Sycamores in the 2013-14 men’s college basketball season.
ISU was picked to finish a lofty second in the Missouri Valley Conference in the upcoming season. The annual preseason poll of media, coaches and university sports-information staffers was released Wednesday morning.
Wichita State, fresh off a 30-win season and a trip to the 2013 Final Four, was a unanimous choice to win the league title, receiving all 40 first-place votes and 400 voting points. The Shockers are just the second team in the past 25 years to get a unanimous first-place prediction.
ISU was a solid second with 352 voting points, ahead of Northern Iowa at 318.
Preseason MVC poll
School (First-Place Votes) Total
1. Wichita State (40) 400
2. Indiana State 352
3. UNI 318
4. Missouri State 258
5. Bradley 244
6. Evansville 186
7. Illinois State 139
8. Southern Illinois 123
9. Loyola 95
10. Drake 85
Poll determined by panel of league sports information directors, media, and coaches.
2013-14 MVC Preseason Team
Ron Baker, Wichita State So. G 6-3 Scott City (Kan.) High
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State Sr. F 6-8 Middletown (N.Y.) Sullivan JC
Desmar Jackson, Southern Illinois Sr. G 6-5 Warren (Ohio) U. of Wyoming
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley Sr. G 6-3 Chicago (Ill.) Julian
Marcus Marshall, Missouri State So. G 6-3 St. Paul (Minn.) Johnson
Jake Odum, Indiana State Sr. G 6-4 Terre Haute (Ind.) South Vigo
Seth Tuttle, UNI Jr. F 6-8 Sheffield (Iowa) West Fork
Honorable Mention Selections: Manny Arop, Indiana State Sr. G/F 6-5 Edmonton (Alberta) Gonzaga; Tyshon Pickett, Bradley Sr. F 6-6 Passaic (N.Y.) High; Seth VanDeest, Drake Sr. C 6-11 Bettendorf (Iowa) High
Preseason Player of the Year: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State