WAC coaches pick Aggie men’s hoops as No. 1 in preseason poll

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LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie men’s basketball team was voted to win the WAC title in the WAC Coaches’ Preseason poll and finished second in the media poll.
The 10 head coaches selected the Aggies to finish first with five first-place votes and 77 points. Utah State captured second place with five first-place votes and 76 points. Denver took third place with 65 points.
For the Aggies, senior forward Tyrone Watson and sophomore guard Daniel Mullings earned Preseason All-WAC honors.
Utah State junior guard Preston Medlin was tabbed as the league’s preseason player of the year. Mullings earned a first-team nod along with Denver junior forward Chris Udofia, Idaho center Kyle Barone and Louisiana Tech sophomore guard Raheem Appleby.
The conference media poll selected Utah State as this year’s favorite. Utah State received 232 points and 15 first-place votes.
Medlin was named the preseason player of the year in the WAC.
Here are the results from the Western Athletic Conference coaches’ and media men’s basketball polls (first place votes are in parentheses):

Coaches’ poll

1. NMSU (5), 77 points
2. Utah State (5), 76 points
3. Denver, 65 points
4. Louisiana Tech, 54 points
5. Texas-Arlington, 48 points
6. Idaho, 45 points
7. Texas-San Antonio, 31 points
8. Seattle, 22 points
9. San Jose State, 18 points
10. Texas State, 14 points

Media poll

1. Utah State (15), 232 points
2. NMSU (8), 223 points
3. Denver (1), 181 points
4. Louisiana Tech, 162 points
5. Idaho, 144 points
6. Texas-Arlington, 137 points
7. Texas-San Antonio, 104 points
8. Seattle, 77 points
9. San Jose State, 61 points
10 Texas State, 54 points