Midwestern State opens the 2014-15 season receiving votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Pre-Season Top 25.
The Mustangs are 75-21 over the last three seasons under coach Nelson Haggerty while claiming LSC titles in five of the last six seasons, advancing to six straight NCAA Division II tournaments including Elite Eight appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Midwestern returns LSC Preseason Player of the Year Xavier Blackburn.
The Verdunville, La. native earned second-team All-LSC honors and was named to the league's all-defensive team a season ago after averaging 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds a game while shooting 48 percent from the field.
Senior Derrell Gibbs gives MSU a second returning starter as the Burkburnett High product averaged 3.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last season.
The Mustangs also return seniors Tavarion Nix, Abiodun Adegoke, Kevin Wagner and DeVaughn Jones; sophomores Pat Smith and Nick Powell as well redshirt-freshman guard Devante Pullum.
MSU reloads with a solid corps of transfers including senior Thad Rideau (UAB); juniors Bretson McNeal (North Dakota State Science), Danny Lawhorn (Washington State), Hershell Grant (Clarendon College), Khapri Alston (Northeast CC (Neb.)) and Alassane Ka (Hillsborough CC (Fla.)) and sophomore Trevor Fuller (San Diego).
The Mustangs are one of eight teams from the highly competitive South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 3 Metropolitan State (Colo.), No. 12 Tarleton State (Texas) and No. 18 Colorado-Colorado Springs while St. Mary's (Texas), Arkansas-Fort Smith, Angelo State (Texas) and Texas A&M-Commerce are also receiving votes.
Midwestern opens the regular season this weekend at the Colorado State-Pueblo Al Kaly Shrine Classic. The Mustangs take on Western State Colorado Friday at 4 p.m. before battling home standing Colorado State-Pueblo Saturday at 8 p.m. Both times are Central.
MSU faces Science & Arts (Okla.) in its home opener Wednesday, Nov. 19 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State moved up one spot to No. 17 in the final regular season National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Division II Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs qualified for their 10th NCAA postseason appearance since 2002 and will face 11th-ranked Colorado Mesa Sunday afternoon at Walker Field in Grand Junction. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Central Time).
The winner advances to face the highest remaining seed in the West Region as No. 1 seed Seattle Pacific (Wash.) host a subregional with Northwest Nazarene (Wash.) and Simon Fraser (B.C.) while No. 2 seed Azusa Pacific (Calif.) welcomes California State, Los Angeles and California, San Diego in the other subregional.
MSU is one of eight teams from Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 Seattle Pacific, No. 8 St. Edward's (Texas), No. 11 Colorado Mesa, No. 14 California State, Los Angeles, No. 20 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and No. 25 Colorado Mines while Northwest Nazarene is receiving votes.
Charleston (W. Va.) (17-0-1) retained the top spot as one of three remaining unbeaten sides followed by Young Harris (Ga.) (16-0-1), Lynn (Fla.) (13-1-1), Seattle Pacific (15-1-2) and Quincy (Ill.) (18-0-2).
Midwestern State has received a ranking in nine of 11 periods this season reaching as high as No. 12 in the preseason poll.
Midwestern State remained at No. 4 in the South Central Region rankings as released Tuesday afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.
The Mustangs claimed their fifth Lone Star Conference Championship edging out West Texas A&M on a sixth-runner tiebreaker Saturday morning at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course.
Seniors Gabby Ortiz, Michelle and Kim Krezonoski and junior Brittany Adams garnered All-LSC honors placing in the first 15.
Adams State (Colo.), Western State Colorado and Colorado, Colorado Springs went 1-2-3 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships to maintain the top three spots in the region.
The Mustangs held on to their stake as the No. 4 squad, while West Texas A&M bumped ahead one spot to No. 5.
Colorado Mesa used a strong fourth-place showing in the RMAC Championships to jump ahead two spots to No. 6 followed by Colorado Mines and Metropolitan State (Colo.).
Dallas Baptist (Texas) and Eastern New Mexico round out the rankings at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.
Midwestern State seeks qualification for its fourth trip to nationals but must finish in the top six at the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championships hosted by Metropolitan State on Nov. 22 at Washington Park in Denver.