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UNI men picked 4th, UNI women 2nd in Valley

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The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team has been selected to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll in voting by the league's coaches, sports information directors and media.

The Panthers received 245 points and have three starters returning from last year's 20-14 team. Creighton is the preseason favorite with 29 first-place votes and 389 total points. Wichita State is picked second with seven first-place votes and 350 points. Indiana State garnered the other four first-place votes and tallied 331 points.

UNI junior guard Anthony James earned preseason honorable mention all-MVC status as well. James earned honorable mention all-MVC honors last season after he averaged 12.4 points per game, which ranked ninth in the league.

The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball team is picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll released by the league on Tuesday. The poll is voted on by the conference's head coaches, sports information directors and media members.

UNI received four first-place votes and comes in behind favorite Missouri State. This is the second consecutive year UNI has been picked to finish second, the highest prediction for the Panthers in the history of the poll. UNI returns six players from the team that won the regular-season title with a 17-1 record last season.

The Panthers open the 2011-12 season on Nov. 6 when they host Maryville in an exhibition contest. The regular season begins on Nov. 11 when UNI hosts Colorado State at 8:30 p.m. in the McLeod Center.

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