SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University will enter the 2018-19 men's basketball season ranked sixth in the D3hoops.com preseason top-25 poll. The Pirates return all five starters from the squad that won the Northwest Conference tournament championship last winter, including NWC Player of the Year Kyle Roach. Also back is Jordan Lester, who was the starting point guard through the first nine games of the season, essentially giving the team six returning starters from the previous season.
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Whitworth will play an exhibition game at NCAA Division I University of Montana on Friday, November 2nd. The Bucs will officially open the season two weeks later (Nov. 16) against St. Olaf College in a game played at George Fox University. Whitworth finished the 2017-19 season ranked 19th.
Defending national champion Nebraska Wesleyan University tops the poll with 24 out of a possible 25 first place votes, followed by 2018 runner-up Wisconsin-Oshkosh.