FREELAND, Mich. – The Adrian College men's basketball squad has been picked to finish tied for sixth in the Michigan Intercollegiate Association (MIAA) regular season according to the preseason coaches' poll released on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The Bulldogs finished in third place last year in the MIAA, and fell to Hope in the semifinal of the MIAA Tournament. Adrian has one All-Conference player returning, as junior forward Jeremy Kalonji was named to the Second Team All-MIAA last season. Last year's 17-9 finish was tied for the fourth-most wins in team history, and was the most since winning 17 games during the 2011-12 season.
Adrian received 18 points in the vote, tying them with Albion for sixth place. It was a logjam at the top, with Trine leading the way with 44 points and three first-place votes, followed by Hope with 43 points and three first-place votes, and Olivet with 41 points and the remaining two first-place votes. Calvin finished fourth with 30 points, followed by Alma with 21. Below Adrian and Alma was Kalamazoo with nine points. Teams received eight points for a first-place vote, seven for a second-place vote, etc. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
The Bulldogs open their season this weekend with a home game against Defiance on Saturday, Nov. 10. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.