Posted On: 11/16/17 10:30 PM

The annual MIAC pre-season coach’s poll was released a week ago, just as I went into the hospital. I am home and recovering now and I was able to take a look at the poll for the 1st time today. It looks a lot like a list I had made a couple weeks ago. We both had St. Thomas, Gustavus, Bethel, St. Ben’s and Augsburg 1 through 5, and Concordia 10. We both had Carleton, Macalester, St. Kate’s and St. Mary’s 6 through 9, and Hamline and St. Olaf 11 and 12.

1. St. Thomas 17-1 (18-0, 31-1 last year, lost to Tufts 60-57 in D3 Final 4 SF)

2. Gustavus 16-2 (17-1, 25-3, lost at St. Thomas 66-49 in MIAC playoff finals)

Everybody agrees that these are your bona fide title contenders. St. Thomas has now won an MIAC title, whether regular or post-season or both, every year from 2010 to the present—5 regular season and 8 playoff titles in all over a period of 8 years, with 208 wins and 34 losses (.851). Now they go forward without MIAC PoY and all-American Kaitlin Langer (Hill-Murray). But, have no fear or, rather, if you are playing St. Thomas, have

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