Ripon, WI -- Midwest Conference Men's Basketball coaches have picked Beloit College even with Carroll University in sixth in the 2011-12 Pre-Season Poll, released this afternoon by the Conference Office.
Grinnell College got seven first-place votes to slip past Lake Forest College, who had two first-place votes, for the top spot. Defending Champion St. Norbert College was picked third, Ripon College fourth and Illinois College fifth.
The Bucs and Carroll were dead even in sixth, with Carroll receiving the final first-place vote. Lawrence University was eighth, Knox College ninth and Monmouth College tenth.
Brian Vraney begins his fifth season with the Buccaneers, coming off a 9-14 overall record, 8-10 in MWC play in 2010-11. Nine letterwinners, including four starters, are back for Beloit.
The Bucs open their season on Friday, November 18, at Wheaton College in the second game of the Lee Pfund Classic in Wheaton, Illinois. They open MWC play on Sunday, November 27, at Lake Forest College. The home opener is set for Tuesday, December 13, against Milwaukee School of Engineering in Flood Arena.