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Basketball teams rank high in preseason polls

With the start of the basketball season looming, pre-season GLIAC rankings have been released for a look at how the season could shake out.

The SVSU women’s basketball team is ranked sixth in the GLIAC after receiving zero first-place votes and 16 points in the coaches’ poll.

A year removed from going 6-21 overall and 6-14 in the GLIAC, the Cardinals will be looking to build on past successes and put past struggles behind them.

With new head coach in Jenny Pruett, the Cardinals will look to their returners for success and stability this season.

There are 10 players returning to the women’s basketball team, and three of them were in the top ve for scoring on the team last season.

Sophomores Maddie Barrie and Maddie Maloney will be expected to lead the team, along with Aaliah Hill in her rst full sea- son at SVSU after transferring from CMU halfway through last season’s gameplay.

SVSU’s schedule begins Nov. 8 at Hillsdale.

The team will have eight regional games followed by the beginning of its GLIAC Conference games Dec. 5, which will have the team heading north to face Michigan Tech, followed by a Dec. 7 meeting with Northern Michigan.

The men’s basketball team came in fifth place for the GLIAC South pre-season rankings.

With zero first-place votes and 24 points in the coaches’ poll, the Cardinals placed just above Wayne State.

Randy Baruth is entering his eighth season as the SVSU head coach, and he is welcoming back a majority of his team from last season.

Of the returners, the top four scorers from a year ago, along with being All-GLIAC Second Team performers, include Myles Belyeu and Darnell Hoskins Jr. These players are expected to help lead the men’s team to a better record than last year’s 10- 18 overall and 6-14.

Two transfers, junior guard Malik Ellison from Eastern Michigan and junior center Innocent Nwoko, look to contribute to the team right out of the gate.

SVSU played three exhibition games between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1, going 1-2 in their matchups.

Following a 95-60 win against Delta College on Oct. 23, SVSU faced two Division I opponents on the road.

During the team’s Oct. 30 game at Oak- land, the Cardinals fell 84-63. During its Nov. 1 game at the University of Michigan, the Cardinals fell 82-51.

The men’s team starts its regular gameplay Nov. 8 at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky against Indianapolis, followed by a game against Bellarmine on Nov. 9.

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