SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — North Dakota State is the favorite to win the 2019-20 Summit League men’s basketball title, according to the annual preseason poll released Monday, Oct. 7.

The Bison received 23 of 34 first-place votes to top the poll. Head coach David Richman returns all five starters from last season’s squad that won the Summit League Tournament title, finished 19-16 overall, and earned the second Division I NCAA Tournament victory in school history.

Four of the nine league teams received first-place votes, with South Dakota ultimately coming in second behind the Bison in the preseason poll. Oral Roberts was picked third, Omaha was fourth, South Dakota State was fifth followed by Purdue-Fort Wayne, Western Illinois, North Dakota and Denver

This is NDSU’s first time atop the Summit League preseason poll since the 2013-14 season.

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Bison seniors Vinnie Shahid and Tyson Ward were named to the preseason All-Summit League teams, with Shahid on the first team and Ward on the second team.