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NAC coaches pick Eagles to win North Division

Tuesday, October 27, 2009  
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10/27/2009 2:41:41 PM
Ben Wisniewski

MADISON, Wis. - The experience of winning the 2008 division crown and the return of the Northern Athletics Conference’s Freshman of the Year was apparently enough to convince the league’s coaches that the Eagles could do it again. The Edgewood College men’s basketball team was predicted to finish first in the North Division in the annual preseason NAC coaches’ poll.

Edgewood College returns nine players, including three starters, from last year’s team that went 11-5 in league play to claim the North Division crown. Sophomore Ben Wisniewski was voted Freshman of the Year in 2008-09, leading the Eagles in scoring at 15.8 points per game. Junior Jeff Barczak also cracked double figures at 10.2 points per game. Senior point guard Aaron Ritschard and second-leading scorer Kent Faurote also return to the team this season.

The Eagles received first place votes from nine of the 12 leagues coaches. Concordia University Wisconsin picked up the other three first place votes to finish second, with Rockford College third. Defending South Division champion Benedictine University was a narrow favorite to win their second consecutive division crown.

Edgewood College will open the 2009-10 season on Monday, November 16 at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. The Eagles first home game will be on November 28, against 10th-ranked UW-Stevens Point. For the first time ever, all Edgewood College home games can be seen live on the internet at

2009-10 NAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

North Division
1. Edgewood (9), 67
2. Concordia Wisconsin (3), 57
3. Rockford, 51
4. Lakeland, 32
5. Marian, 32

6. Maranatha, 13

South Division
1. Benedictine (5), 61
2. Aurora (4), 58
3. MSOE (3), 58
4. Wisconsin Lutheran, 32
5. Concordia Chicago, 25
6. Dominican, 18


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