Portsmouth, Ohio – The Mid-South Conference announced the results of the men's basketball preseason coaches' poll Wednesday morning, with Shawnee State men's basketball selected to finish eighth overall.
The Bears went 15-15 last season, and 8-8 in the Mid-South Conference, good for a fourth place tie with Campbellsville. The Bears lost 74-70 to Campbellsville in the conference tournament last season. SSU return seven players from last season's roster.
Georgetown was picked to repeat as conference champions. The Bears defeated the then #1 Tigers on January 7th last season, winning 91-71 en route to a four game improvement from 2014-15.
2015-16 Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year Jeff Hamilton had this to say: "Obviously it shows that we lost 5 starters from last years team. We have a very young and talented team this year and they continue to improve daily. We need to show that we can be a constistent team that ranks in the top of this tough conference. This should be motivation for us to work harder and lean on each other to continue improving."
The Bears open the season at home on Friday, October 28th when they host Miami-Middletown. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00pm.