Whitworth Ranked 14th in Preseason Poll

SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth is ranked 14th in the 2012-13 D3hoops.com preseason men's basketball poll.

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The Pirates finished 10th in the 2011-12 final poll after going 26-4 and reaching the sectional semifinals (round of 16) in the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament.

Whitworth head coach Matt Logie will have to find a way to replace key losses from last season's team that include All-Northwest Conference post Felix Friedt, All-NWC wing Idris Lasisi, along with Jack Loofburrow and Michael Taylor.

But the cupboard is not bare.  The Bucs return three starters, including Second Team All-NWC point guard Wade Gebbers, two-guard Dustin McConnell and forward Mack Larkin.

Whitworth will officially open the season on November 17th against University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in the Fieldhouse at 7:00 p.m.  The Tommies won the 2011 NCAA Division III championship and are ranked 11th in the D3hoops.com preseason poll.

Going back to the 2009-10 season, the Bucs have been ranked in the D3hoops.com top-25 for 35 consecutive polls.

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