Mary Ann Mitchell, Associate Director of Athletics for Communications
ST. LOUIS – Fresh off its record-breaking season a year ago, the University of Missouri-St. Louis men’s basketball team has been picked as the favorites to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference Central Division. The annual GLVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll was voted on by the league coaches and ranks the top-five teams in each of the three divisions.
In response to adjustments needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GLVC regular season will feature three divisions and a 22-game schedule, where every team plays every divisional opponent twice – home and away – four random non-divisional opponents twice – home and away – and every other non-divisional opponent once. The top-eight teams with the most points derived from the familiar GLVC Point Rating System at the end of the regular season will earn a berth to the GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament March 4-7 on campus sites of the higher-seeded teams.
The Tritons compiled a school record 27-6 overall mark last season and clinched a share of GLVC regular season title, while earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 32 years.
Under the direction of eighth-year head coach Bob Sundvold, UMSL returns First Team All-GLVC selections in seniors Yaakema Rose Jr. and Jose Grubbs and GLVC Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt junior Steve Webb.
UMSL also enters the season ranked No. 7 in the NABC Division II Preseason Poll.
Southern Indiana was tabbed the favorite to win the East Division, while Drury was picked to win the West Division.
The Tritons open their season next Friday (Nov. 27), hosting Drury.