BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program enters the season with a core of new faces that was voted to finish 14th overall in the 2018-19 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Wednesday. Led by BSU’s Player to Watch, junior forward Logan Bader, the Beavers were also selected to finish seventh in the NSIC North Division.
Logan Bader, a junior forward from Milltown, Wis., was named BSU’s Player to Watch while finishing as the program’s leading returner in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and 3-point percentage. He leads all returners with 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 50.4 percent from beyond the arc. Bader has started 52 of 56 games played in during his career with 8.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
The Beavers finished the 2017-18 season 12-16 overall and 9-13 in the NSIC. Bemidji State returns six letterwinners from a season ago while bringing in five true freshmen and four transfers.
Head Coach Mike Boschee enters his seventh season with the program while totaling a 76-91 record with the Beavers.
Five of the NSIC’s top seven teams hail from the South Division, led at the top by Minnesota State University Mankato with 209 total points and eight first-place votes. NSIC North program St. Cloud State also took 209 total points to tie for the top spot in the overall poll, but garnered five first-place votes. University of Sioux Falls and Winona State University follow with 191 and 183 total points, respectively, including three first-place votes for USF.
Bemidji State totaled 50 votes to rank 14th in the overall poll, as voted on by NSIC coaches. The Beavers come in seventh in the NSIC North Division with 14 points, while St. Cloud State led with 49 total points and seven first-place votes in the divisional poll. Northern State University nabbed one first-place vote in the divisional poll and 42 total points to rank second in the NSIC North. Minnesota State University Moorhead (36 points), University of Minnesota Crookston (28 points), University of Minnesota Duluth (26) and Minot State University (21) were each picked to finish ahead of Bemidji State.
For the third consecutive season, St. Cloud State senior guard Gage Davis was selected as the NSIC North Division Preseason Player of the Year while Southwest Minnesota State University senior guard Ryan Bruggeman and Sioux Falls senior guard Trevon Evans each earned NSIC South Division Preseason Co-Players of the Year.
NSIC coaches rank each team from one 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.
Bemidji State begins the 2018-19 season with three exhibition games at Valley City State University, University of Northern Iowa and South Dakota State University. BSU officially opens its regular season Nov. 12 with a home game against Oak Hills Christian College during its annual Bemidji Youth Basketball Day.
2018-19 NSIC Preseason Coaches' Poll
|1. Minnesota State (8)||209||1. St. Cloud State (7)||49|
|1. St. Cloud State (5)||209||2. Northern State (1)||42|
|3. Sioux Falls (1)||191||3. MSU Moorhead||36|
|4. Winona State||183||4. Minnesota Crookston||28|
|5. Northern State||177||5. Minnesota Duluth||26|
|6. Southwest Minn. State||159||6. Minot State||21|
|7. Augustana||127||7. Bemidji State||14|
|8. MSU Moorhead||120||8. University of Mary||8|
|9. Upper Iowa||106||South Division||Points|
|10. Minnesota Duluth||103||1. Minnesota State (4)||43|
|11. Minnesota Crookston||94||1. Sioux Falls (4)||43|
|12. Wayne State||73||3. Winona State||40|
|13. Minot State||58||4. Southwest Minn. State||31|
|14. Bemidji State||50||5. Augustana||28|
|14. Concordia-St. Paul||44||6. Upper Iowa||17|
|16. University of Mary||17||7. Wayne State||15|
|first place votes in ()||8. Concordia-St. Paul||7|
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).