Baskeball - Thu, Oct. 14, 2010
Georgetown College men's basketball team received nine of a possible 10 first-place votes and is the preseason favorite in the Mid-South Conference.
The Tigers finished 26-7 and won the tournament, going to the national tournament for the 20th straight time. Georgetown received 81 points.
GC graduated Hollis Giles, Kyle Saxton, and Jamel Ferguson from this past year's team, but do return starters Eddie Gray, Vic Moses, and Vincent Crutcher as well as solid contributors Matt Walls and Johonne Hamilton. Maurice Pearson is back from injury and Tiger coach Happy Osborne added transfers Rodney Haddix, Aaron Morris and Tyrone Shelley.
Campbellsville University was second with 67 points. The CU Tigers won the regular season title and lost to GC in the tournament finals. They, too, also made an appearance at the national tournament.
St. Catharine College was picked third with 58 votes, also receiving the other first-place vote. University of the Cumberlands and Pikeville were tied in fourth with 57 points, while Lindsey Wilson was picked sixth with 45.
West Virginia Tech was projected in seventh with 31 points and University of Rio Grande eighth with 23 points. MSC newcomers, University of Virginia College at Wise and Shawnee State were picked ninth and 10th respectively.
The MSC released the women's poll on Thursday as well. Despite returning five starters, Georgetown College finds itself picked middle of the pack.
The Tigers were picked fifth with 48 votes. Veteran coach Susan Johnson returns all-five starters from the second portion of this past season. She graduated Jayme Gilbert and Ausha Weathers, but due to an illness to Gilbert the Tigers played much of this past season without the All-American.
GC returns MSC Rookie of the Year, All-Conference Team member, and Honorable Mention All-American Kourtney Tyra at point guard, along with starters Jessica Waddle, Emily Drees, Gina Beining, and Mikkah Rogers.
Johnson also has Ashley Prince, Mandi Boykin, and Devon Golden back from a season ago. All three were big contributors at different times in 2009-10.
Campbellsville University grabbed the top spot with eight first-place votes and 80 points. CU has won or shared the MSC regular season title each of the past two seasons, including a perfect 14-0 trek through 2009-10 league play.
University of the Cumberlands, the two-time defending tournament champions, was picked second with 69 points and received one first-place vote.
Lindsey Wilson took third place with 67 points and the final first-place vote. MSC newcomer Shawnee State was fourth with 53 voting points.
University of Rio Grande picked up 45 points for sixth, while Pikeville was seventh with 36. St. Catharine, 23, University of Virginia College at Wise, 16, and West Virginia Tech, 13, rounded out the voting.
The Mid-South Conference regular season tips-off on December 16, with the MSC Tournament set for March 4-6 in Frankfort, Ky.