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October 15, 2002

USI men’s basketball ranked 8th in Division II Bulletin preseason poll

The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team was ranked eighth in the NABC/Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 Poll that was released today. USI also was listed as a “break out team” in Street & Smith’s College Basketball this fall.

The Screaming Eagles, who begin practice today at 3:45 p.m., have been ranked in a preseason poll each of the last 11 season, dating back to 1992-93. USI was 22-8 last year, tied for third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament and finished fourth in the GLVC regular season with a 14-6 mark.

The Eagles, who will be available for interviews at 3:30 p.m., will play their first exhibition game Saturday, November 9, at the Physical Activities Center against the Tornatta Stars.

The Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25:

1. Kentucky Wesleyan
2. Metropolitan State
3. South Dakota State
4. Salem International
5. Humboldt State
6. California (Pa.)
7. Tarleton State
8. Southern Indiana
9. Shaw
10. Carson-Newman
11. Michigan Tech
12. Northwest Missouri
13. UMass Lowell
14. Cal State Bakersfield
15. Washburn
16. Assumption
17. West Chester
18. Tampa
19. West Georgia
20. Incarnate Word
21. Nebraska Kearney
22. Montana St. Billings
23. J.C. Smith
24. Nebraska Omaha
25. Gannon

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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