The UNI men’s basketball team has been picked to finish first in the Missouri Valley Conference as voted by coaches, sports information directors, and media.
The Panthers finished with 30 first-place votes followed by Loyola with 13 and Bradley with one vote. The last time the Panthers were selected as the preseason favorite was prior to the 2009-10 season when UNI won the MVC Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen,
UNI’s junior guard AJ Green has been selected as the Pre-season Player of the Year and landed on the Preseason All-MVC First Team. Fellow junior Austin Phyfe has also been selected to the First Team.