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October 11, 2006

USI picked to win West Division

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. The University of Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky University have been selected as the favorites to claim division crowns in the 2006-07 Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll. Northern Kentucky was a unanimous pick to claim the GLVC East Division in a poll of the league's head coaches, while Southern Indiana was the coaches' choice to top the GLVC West Division.

Southern Indiana (27-7, 14-5) collected 31 total points and three first-place votes as the West Division favorite. The Screaming Eagles were followed by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Cougars grabbed 28 total points and one first-place vote. Quincy University and Drury University tied for third in the West Division poll with 26 total points. Quincy received two first-place votes and Drury claimed the final first-place vote.

Rockhurst University (15), University of Missouri-St. Louis (11) and University of Missouri-Rolla (10) round out the poll.

Head coach Rick Herdes, in his sixth season with Southern Indiana, is guiding a club that posted a 27-7 overall mark a year ago and a 14-5 record in conference play. The Screaming Eagles advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional before falling to SIU Edwardsville. Senior guard Melvin Hall (Evansville, Ind./Harrison/John Logan CC) is the top returning scorer for the team and averaged 13.2 points per game a year ago.

Northern Kentucky (17-11 overall, 12-7 GLVC) received 36 total points and six first-place votes to head the East Division. The University of Wisconsin-Parkside (15-13, 8-11) garnered 28 total points to finish second in the voting. Kentucky Wesleyan College (7-19, 4-15) received the final first-place vote and placed in a tie for third in the poll. The Panthers and Bellarmine University (14-14, 11-8) each received 22 total points.

Lewis University (17 points), University of Indianapolis (15) and defending GLVC Champion Saint Joseph's College (7) round out the poll.

Northern Kentucky, guided by head coach David Bezold, returns three starters from last year's club that finished 17-11 overall and claimed second place in the East Division standings at 12-7. Senior swingman Kevin Schappell (Loveland, Ohio/Loveland) is the top returning scorer for the Norse. Schappell averaged 11.2 points per game last season.

The GLVC Preseason Coaches Poll is voted on by the league's 14 head coaches. Each coach selects their predicted order of finish in their division and is not allowed to vote for their own team. The 2006-07 season begins on Nov. 15. The conference-portion of the schedule is set to start on Nov. 30. The GLVC Championship, featuring the league's top eight teams, will be hosted at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, Ind. on March 1-4.

The complete 2006-07 GLVC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll follows:

West Division
Team (First-place votes) Total Points
1. Southern Indiana (3) 31

2. SIU Edwardsville (1) 28
3. Quincy (2) 26
4. Drury (1) 26
5. Rockhurst 15
6. Missouri-St. Louis 11
7. Missouri-Rolla 10

East Division
Team (First-place votes) Total Points

1. Northern Kentucky (6) 36
2. UW-Parkside 28
3. Kentucky Wesleyan (1) 22
4. Bellarmine 22
5. Lewis 17
6. Indianapolis 15
7. Saint Joseph's 7

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