MSUM Dragons MBB Ranked No. 21 In The NABC Preseason Poll

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     The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced the preseason 2022-23 NCAA II men’s basketball poll. The Dragons are ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll.

     Last season MSUM finished with a 19-12 record, including being NSIC Tournament champions and clinching a berth in the NCAA National Tournament. The preseason poll finds four NSIC teams in the Top 25 with a pair of schools receiving votes. Minnesota Duluth enters the season ranked No. 7, Augustana comes in at No. 18, the Dragons are No. 21, and Upper Iowa is ranked No. 22. Both Northern State and Wayne State received Top 25 votes in the preseason poll.

     MSUM is led by a trio of seniors in Gavin Baumgartner, Lorenzo McGhee, and Jaden Stanley-Williams. The Dragons are also returning six of the team's top eight scorers from the 2021-22 season. Former assistant coach Tim Bergstraser is leading the program in his first season as head coach.

     The will open the 2022-23 campaign in Wayne, Nebraska for the GCA-NSIC Challenge. MSUM is set to square off with Oklahoma Baptist on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. They will wrap up the Challenge on Saturday, Nov 12 against Southeastern Oklahoma State with tip scheduled for 4 p.m.


2022-23 NABC Division II Coaches Preseason Poll

NSIC Team*


  1. Northwest Missouri State
  2. Augusta (Ga.)
  3. Indiana (Pa.)
  4. Nova Southeastern (Fla.)
  5. West Texas A&M
  6. Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.)
  7. Minnesota Duluth*
  8. West Liberty (W.Va.)
  9. Cal State San Bernardino
  10. Black Hills State (S.D)
  11. Central Oklahoma
  12. Southern Nazarene (Okla.)
  13. Cal State San Marcos
  14. Bentley (Mass.)
  15. Chico State (Calif.)
  16. Lubbock Christian (Texas)
  17. UNC Pembroke
  18. Augustana (S.D.)*
  19. Fairmont State (W.Va.)
  20. Walsh (Ohio)
  21. MSU Moorhead*
  22. Upper Iowa*
  23. Virginia Union
  24. Alabama Huntsville
  25. St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.)