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Men’s Hoops Picked 7th and 9th in Big Sky Preseason Polls

Men’s Hoops Picked 7th and 9th in Big Sky Preseason Polls

OGDEN, Utah – Second year Head Coach Jack Murphy and the Northern Arizona men's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference preseason media poll, while the conference coaches had the Lumberjacks slated at ninth. Both polls were released today by the league office.

The Lumberjacks return three starters – DeWayne Russell, Max Jacobsen and Gaellan Bewernick. Russell returns for the Jacks after finishing seventh in the league and second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per game in his rookie season. Jacobsen, the lone senior on the squad, started 24 out of 32 games as he averaged 9.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in addition to 15 blocked shots. Bewernick started 30 out of 31 games. He led the team in rebounds with and an average of 5.9 per game to go with an average of 6.0 points per game.

NAU will host Arizona Christian in an exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 30 before opening the regular season play on Saturday, Nov. 9 at UTSA. The Lumberjacks will not play at home until Saturday, Nov. 23 when they face San Diego Christian.


Media Poll

1. Weber State (31)                                  370

2. Montana (3)                                         322

3. North Dakota                                       308

4. Northern Colorado                                251

5. Montana State                                      220

6.  Eastern Washington                             188

7.  Northern Arizona                                 161

8. Sacramento State                                 140

9. Portland State                                      116

10. Southern Utah                                      92

11. Idaho State                                          65



Coaches Poll

1. Weber State (10)                                  100

2. North Dakota                                         86

3. Montana (1)                                           84

4. Northern Colorado                                  77

5. Eastern Washington                                55

6. Montana State                                        54

7. Sacramento State                                  39

8. Portland State                                        38

9. Northern Arizona                                    32

10. Idaho State                                          22

11. Southern Utah                                      18



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