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Mustangs the favorite in 2023-24 GPAC Men’s Hoops Preseason Poll

Morningside University totaled 93 points and is the preseason coaches’ selection to win the 2023-24 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Men’s Basketball Championship. The Mustangs received 93 points, and just edged out Northwestern who was picked second with 92 points. Both squads tallied five first-place votes. Dordt, with 85 points and one first-place vote, was picked third. Jamestown and Concordia round out the top five respectively.

Morningside and Jamestown were co-champions of the regular season last year in the GPAC with a record of 15-5 in conference play. Dordt claimed the tournament title with a win over Jamestown last year. Northwestern, Dordt, Jamestown, Morningside, and Concordia all qualified for the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament in 2022-23.

The Red Raiders finished fourth in the conference standings last year with a record of 20-10 (13-7 GPAC), Northwestern advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) First Round, falling to Southwestern (Kan.).

2023-24 GPAC Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll
PlaceSchoolPts (1st place votes)2022-23 Record (GPAC record)
1.Morningside Mustangs93 (5)24-8 (15-5 GPAC); NAIA Round of 16
2.Northwestern Red Raiders92 (5)20-10 (13-7 GPAC); NAIA First Round
3.Dordt Defenders85 (1)26-7 (14-6 GPAC); GPAC Tournament Champion; NAIA Second Round
4.Jamestown Jimmies7227-7 (15-5 GPAC); GPAC Regular Season Champion; NAIA Round of 16
5.Concordia (Neb.) Bulldogs6818-13 (11-9 GPAC); NAIA First Round
6.Dakota Wesleyan Tigers4713-16 (9-11 GPAC)
7.Doane Tigers4611-17 (8-12 GPAC)
8.Briar Cliff Chargers3314-14 (8-12 GPAC)
9.Hastings Broncos3015-14 (8-12 GPAC)
10.Mount Marty Lancers229-19 (5-15 GPAC)
11.Midland Warriros1710-18 (4-16 GPAC)

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