Region 8: Women’s Hoops Picked 2nd; Men 6th in Preseason Poll

Region 8: Women’s Hoops Picked 2nd; Men 6th in Preseason Poll

NICEVILLE, Fla. – Northwest Florida State women's basketball has been picked to finish second and the men sixth in the Florida College System Activities Association Region 8 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league announced Wednesday. 

The women are coming off a 26-6 campaign, Panhandle Conference title and a second straight NJCAA National Tournament Elite Eight appearance. The Raiders return one letterwinner from a season ago but have restocked the talent pool with a mix of transfers and freshmen. The team are picked second behind reigning national champion Gulf Coast State, which received all 17 first-place votes. 

The men also return just one letterwinner but have been impressive through two preseason tournaments. Under first-year head coach Butch Pierre, the Raiders are aiming at their sixth consecutive Panhandle Conference title. NWF finished last season 28-5 overall and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament Elite Eight.

The men's team kicks off the season on Nov. 1 at home against FSC Jacksonville, while the women's season opener is set for Nov. 2 against Wabash Valley in Raider Arena.

For full schedules and more information on Northwest Florida State athletics, visit NWFRaiders.com or follow us on Twitter at @NWF_Raiders.

NJCAA Region 8 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
October 15, 2019
 

The NJCAA Region 8 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, final 2018-19 record, final 2018-29 ranking and total points in voting by Region 8 men's basketball coaches, the Region 8 Men's Basketball Chair and the FCSAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1.

Florida SouthWestern (7)

30-3

154

1

2.

Eastern Florida State (1)

28-8

135

4

3t.

Chipola (2)

27-5

126

3

3t.

Daytona State (2)

25-7

126

5

5.

Tallahassee (1)

22-7

104

7

6.

Northwest Florida State

28-5

90

2

7.

Central Florida

19-13

50

8

8.

Broward

16-12

45

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9.

Polk State

14-17

40

--

10.

St. Petersburg

16-15

22

--

Also receiving votes: Gulf Coast State 13, State College of Florida 12, Miami Dade 7, Indian River State 6, Santa Fe 6, Pensacola State 4, Palm Beach State 3, ASA Miami 1.

NJCAA Region 8 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll
October 15, 2019
 

The NJCAA Region 8 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, with number of first-place votes in parentheses, final 2018-19 record, final 2018-19 ranking and total points in voting by NJCAA Region 8 women's basketball coaches, the NJCAA Region 8 Women's Basketball Chair and the FCSAA Scoreboard Coordinator.

Rank

Team

Record

Pts

Pvs

1.

Gulf Coast State (17)

27-5

170

1

2.

Northwest Florida State

26-6

150

2

3.

Florida SouthWestern

30-4

125

5

4.

Chipola

22-6

106

4

5.

Daytona State

21-10

93

9

6.

Tallahassee

25-5

63

3

7.

Eastern Florida State

14-15

61

--

8.

Pensacola State

14-14

59

10

9.

Miami Dade

22-9

33

7

10

St. Petersburg

14-16

26

--

Also receiving votes: Broward 17, Santa Fe 17, Hillsborough 6, Central Florida 5, Palm Beach State 1.