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MIT Selected As Preseason Favorite in Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

MIT Selected As Preseason Favorite in Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

WESTWOOD, Mass. - After a thrilling 2017-18 basketball season that saw two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) teams advance to the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament, the NEWMAC is excited for the upcoming competition between the league's eight teams. 

MIT was selected as the preseason favorite and earned seven first place votes in the annual coaches' poll, after winning its second consecutive NEWMAC title and reaching the NCAA Elite Eight last season. Springfield follows the Engineers in the No. 2 spot with one first place vote. After winning their first-ever NEWMAC regular season title, the Pride reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history. 

After advancing to the 2018 NEWMAC title game, WPI comes in at No. 3, followed by Babson at No. 4 and Coast Guard at No. 5. Rounding out the final three spots are No. 6 Emerson, No. 7 Wheaton and No. 8 Clark. 

The NEWMAC welcomes back one All-American in Springfield's Jake Ross, three All-Region selections in Bradley Jomard (MIT), AJ Jurko (MIT) and Ross, and five All-Conference honorees. The league also welcomes back all three major awards winners. Last season, Ross was named the NEWMAC Athlete and Co-Defensive Athlete of the Year, while MIT's Nacho Nwana earned the title of NEWMAC Co-Defensive Athlete of the Year and MIT's Hamilton Forsythe was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. Forsythe also garnered regional Rookie of the Year accolades. 

2018-19 NEWMAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Rank (First Place Votes)

1.   MIT (7)

2.   Springfield (1)

3.   WPI

4.   Babson

5.   Coast Guard

6.   Emerson

7.   Wheaton

8.   Clark



Nacho Nwana, MIT

Jake Ross, Springfield

Reid Walker, WPI

Frank Oftring, Babson


Justin Kane, Coast Guard

Geoff Gray, Emerson

David Carbonello, Wheaton

Biko Gayman, Clark