Nov. 7, 2011
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Defending Great West Conference champion Utah Valley has been selected by the coaches to win the men's basketball title again in 2011-12.
The Wolverines, who won the championship last season with an 11-1 conference record (19-11 overall), received five of six first-place votes and 34 total points in the balloting.
"With four returning starters we certainly anticipate high expectations," said UVU head coach Dick Hunsaker. "We appreciate the compliment of being picked in what I think is going to be the strongest Great West Conference yet."
Hunsaker, who enters his 10th season at UVU, returns one of the league's most experienced teams including 2010-11 GWC Player and Newcomer of the Year Isiah Williams. The Wolverines also return second-team all-GWC honoree Ben Aird and honorable mention selections Holton Hunsaker and Geddes Robinson.
2011 GWC Tournament champion North Dakota received the other first-place vote and tallied 28 points for second place, followed closely by last year's preseason favorite NJIT with 27 points. Texas-Pan American (15 points) was picked fourth with Chicago State and Houston Baptist tied for fifth with 11 points.
The Wolverines will begin the 2011-12 season on Friday at 4:30 p.m. MT against Simpson University in the UCCU Center.