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ST. LOUIS – The Northern Iowa men and the Creighton women start 2009-10 as the preseason favorites in the Missouri Valley Conference.Voting by coaches, media and sports information directors make the Panthers the men's favorite for the first time since 2005-06. The Creighton women are picked first for the first time since 2002-03.Wichita State's men were picked fifth. The Shocker women are ninth.Men's pollTeam (First-place votes) Total1. Northern Iowa (38) 3892. Creighton (1) 3363. Illinois State 2994. Southern Illinois 2725. Wichita State 2166. Bradley 2087. Indiana State 1738. Drake 1059. Missouri State 9210 Evansville 55

Preseason all-conferenceKwadzo Ahelegbe, G, Northern IowaOsiris Eldridge, G, Illinois StateTony Freeman, G, Southern IllinoisAdam Koch, F, Northern IowaP'Allen Stinnett, G, CreightonJosh Young, G, DrakeHonorable mention: Kevin Dillard, G, Southern Illinois; Clevin Hannah, G, Wichita State; Jake Kelly, G, Indiana State; Sam Maniscalco, G, Bradley, Toure Murry, G, Wichita StateWomen's pollTeam (first-place votes) Total1. Creighton (34) 3932. Illinois State (6) 3403. Drake 2964. Northern Iowa 2535. Indiana State 2506. Bradley 2147. Missouri State 1888. Evansville 1089. Wichita State 9710. Southern Illinois 61