Head Coach Danny Miles and his Hustlin' Owls are seeking a fifth-straight regular-season and conference title. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
LA GRANDE, Ore. – Defending National Champion Oregon Tech is favored to hold on to its Cascade Collegiate Conference crown in men’s basketball, according to a preseason poll of the league’s 10 head coaches.
Tech received four first-place votes and 91 total points in earning the favorites’ tag for the 2012-13 season. Eastern Oregon picked up two first place votes and 80 points to place second. Warner Pacific, which earned two first-place votes, totaled 79 points and placed third. Southern Oregon also earned two first place votes and is picked fourth with 73 points.
The Raiders were followed by Northwest (70 points), College of Idaho (45), Corban (39), Concordia (37), Northwest Christian (25) and Evergreen (11).
Oregon Tech, under the direction of veteran coach Danny Miles, is coming off a 34-4 campaign last season, when it captured the NAIA D II National Championship along with the CCC regular season and postseason tournament titles.
The Hustlin’ Owls key returners include senior guard David Clarke, sophomore center Josh Johnson and junior forward Mihajilo Matic.
Conference action gets underway in early December. The top eight teams in the final regular season standings will advance to the CCC’s postseason tournament.