St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 24, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team was picked first and the women's basketball team was chosen to finish third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced Tuesday by the conference office.
The WashU men received seven first-place votes and are seeking its second-consecutive UAA title and 15th overall. Head coach Mark Edwards enters his 37th season and returns three starters and 17 letterwinners from last year's squad that posted a 21-6 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Emory University garnered the final first-place vote and was picked second, while University of Chicago was chosen third. University of Rochester, New York University, Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University and Brandeis University rounded out fourth through eighth in the men's poll.
The WashU women finished the 2016-17 season with a 26-3 overall record and won its 23rd UAA Championship in school history. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the 13th time in school history. First-year head coach Randi Henderson returns two starters and 13 letterwinners from last year's squad.
Rochester garnered six first-place votes and is the favorite in the women's poll. Chicago was picked second after receiving two first-place votes, while WashU was third. New York, Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Emory and Brandeis round out the women's poll.
The WashU men open the season on Friday, Nov. 17, against Wabash College in the 34th Annual Lopata Classic, while the women take on Luther College on Nov. 17 at the Paul F. Knueppel Classic in Milwaukee, Wis.
1. WashU (7)
2. Emory (1)
5. New York
7. Carnegie Mellon
1. Rochester (6)
2. Chicago (2)
4. New York
6. Carnegie Mellon