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Oct. 23, 2020

Bearcats atop Basketball Times Preseason Rankings

(File photo, courtesy Northwest Athletics)

Northwest Missouri State men's basketball will start the year right where it finished the previous pandemic-shortened season – at number one.

The Basketball Times tabbed the Bearcats as the top team in NCAA Division 2 in their preseason top 20.

No other MIAA teams cracked the ranking.

The Bearcats won the 2020 MIAA regular season title, the MIAA Tournament Championship, and finished with a 31-1 record.

Northwest opens the 2021 regular season November 19 at Northeastern State.

The Basketball Times 2020-2021 Preseason Top 20 Ranking
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. West Texas A&M
3. Lincoln Memorial
4. West Liberty
5. Indiana, Pa.
6. Florida Southern
7. Missouri-St. Louis
8. Nova Southeastern
9. Azusa Pacific
10. Northern State
11. Colorado School of Mines
12. Queens, N.C.
13. Augustana, S.D.
14. St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y.
15. Point Loma
16. Alabama-Huntsville
17. Ferris State
18. Charleston, W.Va.
19. Sioux Falls
20. Fairmont State