Coaches tab EWU fifth, media sixth in preseason men’s polls
Encouraged by a youthful team with a fast finish a year ago, the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fifth by the coaches and sixth by the media in preseason polls announced by the Big Sky Conference Oct. 17.
Eastern returns four starters and seven total letterwinners from last year’s team, which finished 10-21 overall and 7-13 in the 11-team Big Sky under head coach Jim Hayford. Now entering his third year at the helm of a squad with no seniors, EWU was picked to finish behind preseason pick Weber State, North Dakota, Montana and Northern Colorado in the coaches’ poll. The media picked Montana State to finish in fifth just ahead of the Eagles.
“I think the Big Sky Conference is going to be more difficult - there are many teams returning solid rosters,” Hayford said. “We have a very challenging preseason that will prepare us for a great conference season.” Eastern opens its season Sunday, Nov. 10 versus Pacific University.
Weber State, which is coming off a school-record 30 win season, earned 31 of the 34 first-place votes from the media and a total of 370 points. Weber was a unanimous selection in the coaches’ poll.