MSUM MBB Chosen to Finish Second in the NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll

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     Minnesota State University Moorhead Men’s Basketball was voted to finish No. 2 in the 2022-23 NSIC preseason coaches poll.

     "We are fortunate to bring back a core group from last year's NSIC Tournament Championship team. This team has shown a great investment towards their teammates and this program in the pre-season,” said head coach Tim Bergstraser. He continued, “our four veteran seniors have served as outstanding leaders for this team and making sure we are improving. It's fulfilling to coach men who are bought in on getting better each day. Excited to see how players step up and assume new roles in a league full of extremely good teams and coaches."

     Senior guard Gavin Baumgartner was listed as the Dragons player to watch. Last season he was an All-NSIC Second Team honoree, starting in 29 of 31 games. Baumgartner led the team with 30.8 minutes per game on the court. He also averaged 11.8 points on 43 percent shooting, with 4.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.

     Head coach Bergstraser had high praise for Baumgartner saying, "Gavin is an extremely driven man who has been an incredible leader for us in his 6 years here at MSUM. It's been a privilege to coach such a competitive athlete who brings it every day for his teammates. His well balanced game has allowed him to thrive in one of the best leagues in the nation.” Bergstraser continued, “I'm confident to say that he is respected throughout the conference because of who he is as a person and his consistent level of play. He's had an outstanding career as a Dragon and I'm Fired Up for the journey with Gavin and the team in his final season."


Preseason Coaches Poll

North Division (First place votes)

1. Minnesota Duluth (7)

2. MSU Moorhead (1)

3. Northern State

4. University of Mary

5. Minot State

     St. Cloud State

7. Bemidji State

8. Minnesota Crookston


South Division (First place votes)

1. Wayne State (7)

2. Upper Iowa (1)

3. Minnesota State Mankato

4. Augustana

5. Southwest Minnesota State

6. Sioux Falls

7. Winona State

8. Concordia-St.Paul


Overall (First place votes)

1. Minnesota Duluth (13)

2. MSU Moorhead (1)

3. Wayne State (2)

4. Northern State

5. Upper Iowa

6. Augustana

7. Minnesota State Mankato

8. Southwest Minnesota State

9. Sioux Falls

10. Winona State

11. Minot State

12. University of Mary

13. St. Cloud State

14. Concordia-St.Paul

15.Bemidji State

16. Minnesota Crookston