LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Shawnee State University is the favorite to win the Mid-South Conference in 2011-12, according to the MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday by the conference.
Shawnee State received 62 voting points, including seven of the nine first-place votes available. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
In their first season in the MSC a year ago, the Bears tied for second in the conference regular season standings with a 13-5 record. After finishing runner-up in the MSC Tournament, Shawnee State reached the NAIA Division I National Semifinals before falling to top-seeded Union University.
Lindsey Wilson College is projected to finish second in the conference after receiving 56 voting points and one of the remaining first-place votes.
Three-time defending conference regular season champions, Campbellsville University is third in the preseason balloting with 51 voting points, including the final first-place vote.
University of the Cumberlands is projected to finish fourth with 45 voting points followed by Georgetown College with 30 voting points.
University of Pikeville and St. Catharine College tied for sixth in the poll with 25 voting points. University of Rio Grande (16 voting points) and UVa.-Wise (14) complete the nine-team poll.
West Virginia University Tech is not listed in the preseason poll due to not being eligible for the MSC regular season championship during the 2011-12 academic year.
The Mid-South Conference regular season tips-off on November 19 and concludes with the MSC Tournament March 1-4 in Frankfort, Ky.