LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A pair of defending champions lead the way in the 2011-12 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday by the conference.
The defending NAIA national champions University of Pikeville and the defending MSC regular season and tournament champions Georgetown College each received 58 voting points from the league coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.
Pikeville received five of the nine first-place votes while Georgetown garnered two first-place nods.
Last season, Georgetown captured the MSC regular season title with a 15-3 conference record. The Tigers went on to win the conference tournament title and reached the NAIA National Tournament's Fab Four.
Pikeville finished in a tie for third in the conference regular season with a 13-5 record and reached the MSC Tournament semifinals. The Bears made the most of their at-large bid into the national tournament with five straight wins over seeded-teams en route to the national title.
St. Catharine College is third in the preseason poll with 53 voting points, including the final two first-place votes.
Campbellsville University is projected to finish fourth with 40 voting points and University of the Cumberlands is fifth in the poll with 38 voting points.
Lindsey Wilson College is sixth in the poll with 32 voting points, followed by UVa.-Wise (18 voting points), Shawnee State University (16) and University of Rio Grande (11).
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.