The University of Findlay men's basketball team was picked to capture their seventh Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division title in eight years according to the 2008-09 preseason conference poll as released on Thursday, October 30. The Oilers received 169 points in the poll and were also given 29 out of the 30 first place votes.
Grand Valley State University, who finished last year with a 36-1 record which included three wins over Findlay, was picked to win the North Division of the GLIAC and received 179 total points to go along with 29 first place votes.
The Oilers, who are the top ranked team in the preseason NCAA Division Bulletin poll, finished last year ranked seventh in the nation with a 28-5 record. The Oilers advanced to the finals of the GLIAC Tournament and reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament before being knocked off by then undefeated Grand Valley State University in both contests.
This season, the Oilers will welcome all five starters back as well as a host of younger players who earned valuable playing time last season. Findlay also returns 75.8 points of their 78.7 points per game averaged last year.
Leading the returnees for Findlay will be senior forwards Josh Bostic and Morgan Lewis, who were both selected as preseason all-GLIAC selections. In addition, Bostic was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year in the conference.
Bostic returns to the Oilers frontcourt after averaging 13.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season. The 6-5 forward was named first team all-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as well as first team all-Great Lakes Region and first team all-GLIAC as a junior.
Bostic, who scored a team-high 457 points last year, was selected as the 2008-09 NCAA Division II Bulletin Preseason Player of the Year in the nation and was also selected as a preseason all-American by the Sporting News.
Lewis is coming off of his junior season in which he was named second team all-GLIAC after averaging 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. The 6-4 forward also hit 60.9 percent (168-of-276) of his field goal attempts and led the team in scoring ten times during the year.
Preseason All-GLIAC Polls
1. Grand Valley State – 179 (29)
2. Michigan Tech – 133 (1)
3. Lake Superior State - 102
4. Saginaw Valley State – 93
5. Ferris State – 69
6. Northern Michigan - 54
1. Findlay – 169 (29)
2. Hillsdale – 141 (1)
3. Ashland – 110
4. Northwood – 89
5. Wayne State - 79
6. Tiffin - 36
Points in the poll are located next to each team with the number of first place votes in parenthesis.
2008-09 Preseason All-GLIAC Teams
Pete Trammell, Sr, G, Grand Valley State
Ryan Kuhl, Sr, C, Lake Superior State
Lawrence Ross, Sr, F, Saginaw Valley State
Robby Springborn, Sr, G, Michigan Tech
Justin Keenan, So, F, Ferris State
Tony Gugino, Sr, F, Hillsdale
Josh Bostic, Sr, F, Findlay
Morgan Lewis, Sr, F, Findlay
Mark Barnes, Sr, F, Northwood
Kale Richardson, So, F, Ashland
The Oilers will open their season on November 7 when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for an exhibition game against Xavier University. The contest will begin at 7:00 p.m. inside the Cintas Center.