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Big Sky Releases Preseason Men’s Basketball Polls

The Big Sky Conference announced their 2017-18 Coaches’ Poll and Media Poll on Friday. The Southern Utah Thunderbirds found themselves in 12th place in both polls.

“We’re not surprised, judging by the fact that we have so many new faces,” SUU head coach Todd Simon said. “A large percentage of our team has turned over and we have a lot of guys no one in the league has seen before, which is to our advantage. But this group has a chip on their shoulder and will have to prove the doubters wrong, and that’s why they play the games.”

This season the Thunderbirds have added eight new players to their roster, along with bringing in Jadon Cohee off a redshirt year.

The Vandals of Idaho were picked in both polls to be the top team in the Big Sky, followed by Weber State and Montana respectively.

The Thunderbirds will host their only exhibition of the season on November 3 when Concordia University will come to Cedar City for an 8 p.m. matchup. After a road trip to Oregon State and Boise State the T-Birds will have their regular season home opener on November 16 against San Jose State at 6:30 p.m.

The Thunderbirds will open Big Sky play at home on December 28 in Cedar City when they host the Bobcats of Montana State.

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Coaches’ Poll

Place

Team

Votes (First Place Votes)

1

Idaho

117 (10)

2

Weber State

103 (1)

3

Montana

101

T4

Northern Colorado

83 (1)

T4

Montana State

83

6

North Dakota

71

7

Eastern Washington

65

8

Portland State

55

9

Sacramento State

48

10

Idaho State

25

11

Northern Arizona

23

12

Southern Utah

19

 

Media Poll

Place

Team

Votes (First Place Votes)

1

Idaho

211 (12)

2

Weber State

195 (3)

3

Montana

188 (3)

4

Montana State

180

5

North Dakota

146 (1)

6

Eastern Washington

144

7

Northern Colorado

106

8

Sacramento State

87

9

Portland State

76

10

Northern Arizona

59

11

Idaho State

52

12

Southern Utah

38

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SUU Athletic Strategic Communications
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