Beavers tabbed 12th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Beavers tabbed 12th in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. Losing Daktronics Division II Player of the Year James Ellisor, all-region point guard Bryce Tesdahl and head coach Matt Bowen from last season’s record-breaking campaign has left doubt in the minds of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference coaches for this year, as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team was tabbed to finish tied for 12th in the 2012-13 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

The Beavers finished with a program-best 22-9 record a season ago, won the NSIC Regular Season Championship and made their second all-time appearance in the NCAA tournament. Despite big losses BSU welcomed nine returning players to fold and introduced new head coach Mike Boschee in July to continue the momentum built a season ago.

With the addition of Minot State University and University of Sioux Falls to the league this season, the 16-team conference has split into a North and South Division. Bemidji State earned 72 points in the overall poll to tie with Upper Iowa University for 12th and earned 25 points in the North Division poll to sit fifth.

Winona State University is the league favorite, as it received 219 points (10 first place votes). The 2011-12 NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Champions, Southwest Minnesota State University earned 209 points with four first place nods. Minnesota State University, Mankato earned 185 votes and was third, St. Cloud State University was fourth with 174 votes and Minnesota State University Moorhead rounded out the top five with 170 points and one first place vote. Augustana College earned the final first place vote and finished sixth with 155 points.  

In the North Division, MSU Moorhead (five first place votes) and St. Cloud State (two first place votes) sit at the top with 46 and 43 points, respectfully. Northern State University earned a first place vote and the third place spot with 35 points with University of Minnesota Duluth a close fourth with 34 points, followed by BSU with 25 points.

The Dragons’ Alex Novak was named NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year, while Winona State’s Clayton Vette was named NSIC South Division Preseason Player of the Year.

Last season’s NSIC Newcomer of the Year Dermaine Crockrell (Sr., G, Mesa, Ariz.) headlines the returning student-athletes, including a senior class comprised of five players, and was named BSU's Player to Watch.

Crockrell was named 2011-12 NSIC Newcomer of the Year after immediately making an impact for BSU in 2011-12 with his quickness, offensive production and defensive ability. He played in his first game Dec. 16 and scored 10 points, but followed that with 21 in his second game in the green and white. Overall he posted four 20-point performances (season-high 27 at Minnesota Duluth Feb. 4) and finished the conference season second on the team and 23rd in the NSIC in scoring with 12.7 points per game. He was named NSIC Player of the Week Feb. 6 after his performance at UMD. In conference play, he added 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.9 minutes per game. He shot 52.1 percent from the field to rank 15th in the league and posted a 44.0 percent clip from beyond the arc that ranked ninth in the conference. In 21 games played, he averaged 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 32.6 minutes per game. He shot 50.3 percent from the field and was a 44.8 percent shooter from beyond the arc.

Bemidji State begins the 2012-13 campaign Nov. 16 with a contest against University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in Winona, Minn. at the NSIC/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Challenge.

The NSIC regular season champion will be based on the 22-game NSIC schedule. Each team will play teams in their division twice (14) and teams in the other division once (8). An NSIC North and South Division Champion will also be awarded. Divisional standings will also be based on all 22 NSIC contests played. In the case of a tie, co-champions will be named. The 16-team NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament will be played Feb. 27 and March 2 at the highest seed, while the semifinals and championship will be March 8-9 at Taylor Arena in Rochester, Minn.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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Overall

Points

North Division

Pts

1. Winona State (10)

219

1. MSU Moorhead (5)

46

2. Southwest Minnesota State (4)

209

2. St. Cloud State (2)

43

3. Minnesota State 

185

3. Northern State (1)

35

4. St. Cloud State 

174

4. Minnesota Duluth

34

5. MSU Moorhead (1)

170

5. Bemidji State

25

6. Augustana (1)

155

6. U-Mary

21

7. Minnesota Duluth

139

7. Minnesota, Crookston

10

8. Northern State 

133

    Minot State 

10

9. Concordia-St. Paul

105

South Division

Pts

10. Wayne State 

102

1. Winona State (6)

48

11.  Sioux Falls

85

2. SMSU (1) 

42

12. Bemidji State  

72

3. Minnesota State

36

      Upper Iowa 

72

4. Augustana (1)

33

14. U-Mary

53

5. Concordia-St. Paul

24

15. Minot State 

26

6. Wayne State 

18

16. Minnesota, Crookston

21

7. Upper Iowa 

12

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8. Sioux Falls

11

NSIC coaches rank each team from 1 to 15 with a first place vote receiving 15 points, second place 14, third place 13, etc. Coaches do not rank their own team or vote for their own players. 

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