Preseason polls pick Bluejays to rule

By Steve Sell
October 13, 2015

WICHITA — If the KCAC basketball coaches and the media that covers them prove to be correct, the 2015-16 season will be the “Year of the Bluejays.”

Both Tabor teams were picked to win their respective divisions during the annual Media Day gathering on Tuesday at the Hotel at Old Town.

The 11 men’s coaches — Oklahoma Wesleyan is now a member this year and York will join next year — were somewhat split on the Bluejays’ apparent dominance. Tabor and Saint Mary received four first-place votes apiece, Friends received two and Bethany one. The Bluejays were one point better than the Spires, 103-102.

The media stood behind the Bluejays with much more affirmation. Seven of the 10 voters picked them to win first, two went for Bethany and one for Saint Mary.

The bottom four teams in both polls were the same, starting with McPherson College at No. 8, followed by Oklahoma Wesleyan, Kansas Wesleyan and Bethel.

Here are the men’s polls:

• Coaches •

1. Tabor (4) 103

2. Saint Mary (4) 102

3. Friends (2) 92

4. Bethany (1) 81

5. Southwestern, 73

6. Ottawa, 68

7. Sterling, 56

8. McPherson College, 47

9. Oklahoma Wesleyan, 41

10. Kansas Wesleyan, 28

11. Bethel, 24

• Media •

1. Tabor (7) 104

2. Saint Mary (1) 97

3. Bethany (2) 92

4. Friends, 75

5. Southwestern, 61

6. Sterling, 60

7. Ottawa, 58

8. McPherson College, 43

9. Oklahoma Wesleyan, 26

10. Kansas Wesleyan, 23

11. Bethel, 21

• TABOR, OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN, KANSAS WESLEYAN WOMEN 1-2-3 IN BOTH POLLS – Newcomer Oklahoma Wesleyan obviously is going to make an impact in its first year.

The Eagles finished just behind Tabor in both polls. Kansas Wesleyan was third in both polls as well.

For the local schools, the coaches liked McPherson College for ninth, while the media picked the Bulldogs in a three-way tie for ninth with Bethel and Bethany.

Bethany was picked last by the coaches.

• Coaches •

1. Tabor (7) 107

2. Oklahoma Wesleyan (3) 99

3. Kansas Wesleyan (1) 89

4. Friends, 88

5. Ottawa, 73

6. Southwestern, 73

7. Saint Mary, 58

8. Sterling, 55

9. McPherson College, 45

10. Bethel, 28

11. Bethany College, 27

• Media •

1. Tabor (9) 109

2. Oklahoma Wesleyan (1) 98

3. Kansas Wesleyan, 85

4. Ottawa, 76

5. Friends, 67

6. Southwestern, 64

7. Sterling, 44

8. Saint Mary, 39

9 (tie). McPherson College, 26

9. (tie) Bethany College, 26

9. (tie) Bethel, 26


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