COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UPIKE men’s basketball tied for fifth in the preseason 2020-21 MSC Poll.

The University of Pikeville men’s basketball team is picked to finished tied for fifth while Georgetown is picked to finish first, earning a total of 118 points and nine of the 12 first-place votes in the Mid-South Conference’s pre-season basketball poll.

Last season, Georgetown captured both the MSC regular season and tournament titles finishing with a record of 30-2.

Cumberlands was picked to finish second with 105 points in the poll. Last season, the Patriots went 24-8 and were 12-4 in MSC play.

Thomas More is slotted third after receiving 100 points and two first-place votes. In their first season in the MSC, the Saints went 26-7 and 11-5 in conference play reaching the championship game of the MSC Tournament.

Shawnee State (Ohio) is slotted fourth with 94 points and the final first-place vote. The Bears were 21-11 and 9-7 in the MSC a season ago.

Campbellsville and the Bears are tied for fifth in the poll with 70 points, Life (Ga.) is seventh with 62 points, Lindsey Wilson comes in at eighth in the poll with 46 points, and Cumberland (Tenn.) is ninth with 37.

MSC newcomers Bethel (Tenn.), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and Martin Methodist (Tenn.) round out the preseason poll. The Wildcats garnered 33 points while the Lions and RedHawks earned 31 and 21 points respectively.

Coaches’ were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The 2021 Mid-South Conference men’s basketball championship is slated for Feb. 26-March 1 at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green