SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Defending champion Morningside College was picked to repeat their 2017-18 Great Plains Athletic Conference championship feat with the announcement of the 2018-19 preseason men’s basketball coaches poll Monday, Oct. 22.

The Mustangs received 100 poll points and 10 first-place votes. Crosstown rival Briar Cliff University was tabbed second, earning 90 points and one first-place selection. Dakota Wesleyan University rounded out the top three (83 points). The complete poll is available at

Morningside tips off the season Tuesday, Oct. 30. Benedictine College of Kansas visits the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center and Allee Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. start.