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Omaha Men’s Basketball picked to finish 6th in Summit League

Omaha Men’s Basketball picked to finish 6th in Summit League

OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha men’s basketball team was picked sixth in the 2017-18 Summit League Preseason Poll, the conference office announced Thursday. The poll was tallied in a vote of the league’s head coaches, communications personnel and media.

South Dakota State was the favorite to win the Summit League, garnering 13 first-place votes for 339 points. South Dakota was second and received 12 first-place votes for 327 points, while North Dakota State earned 246 points for third. Fort Wayne came in fourth with 234 points, followed by Denver, which had 230 points for fifth. Omaha was sixth in the poll with 124 points, while Oral Roberts (104) and Western Illinois (60) rounded it out in seventh and eighth, respectively.

Head coach Derrin Hansen enters his 13th season at the helm of the Omaha program in 2017-18 and carries a career record of 197-166. The Mavericks return seven letterwinners from the 2016-17 squad, which finished as runner-up at the Summit League Championship and came in third in the regular-season standings.

Omaha opens the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10 vs. Montana State in Great Falls, Mont.

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