Wichita State's men's basketball team is back on top of the Missouri Valley Conference.In October, which means the honor is all about potential and predictions. The Shockers start the 2010-11 season as a strong favorite to win the MVC title. WSU received 33 of 39 first-place votes in the MVC preseason poll and is picked first for the first time since the 2003-04 poll and the second time since 1985-86.The WSU women are picked fifth in the preseason poll. Missouri State is the favorite after receiving 27 of 40 first-place votes.WSU junior guard Toure Murry is a member of the men's preseason All-MVC team. Senior forward J.T. Durley was voted an honorable mention pick.WSU finished in a tie for second in 2004 after starting as the favorite. It last won the MVC regular-season title in 2006 after being picked fifth.Valley coaches, media members and sports information directors vote in the preseason poll.
Men's poll1. Wichita State (33 first-place votes) 382 points2. Missouri State (1) 3133. Northern Iowa (3) 2894. Creighton 2825. Bradley (2) 2646. Illinois State 1657. Indiana State 1368. Drake 1219. Southern Illinois 12010. Evansville 73
Women's poll1. Missouri State (27 first-place votes) 385 points2. Northern Iowa (3) 3293. Creighton (7) 3284. Illinois State (2) 2585. Wichita State 2266. Bradley (1) 2047. Drake 1808. Indiana State 1509. Southern Illinois 8310. Evansville 57
Men's All-MVCKwadzo Ahelegbe, Northern IowaKenny Lawson, CreightonSam Maniscalco, BradleyToure Murry, Wichita StateKyle Weems, Missouri State
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Honorable mention: Taylor Brown, Bradley; J.T. Durley, Wichita State; Adam Leonard, Missouri State; Colt Ryan, Evansville; Seth VanDeest, Drake; Andrew Warren, Bradley
Player of the Year – Lawson
Women's All-MVCLizzie Boeck, Northern IowaCasey Garrison, Missouri StateJacqui Kalin, Northern IowaJaleshia Roberson, Missouri StateSam Schuett, Creighton