LA GRANDE, Ore. – Both the Oregon Tech men and women have been picked to finish third by the Cascade Collegiate Conference coaches. Southern Oregon is favored to win the crown in men’s basketball, with Eastern Oregon University and the College of Idaho being preseason favorites to win the women's basketball crown, according to preseason polls of the league’s head coaches.
In the men’s poll, Southern received seven first-place votes and 97 total points in earning the favorites’ tag for the 2013-14 season. Warner Pacific picked up two first place votes and 74 points to place second. Oregon Tech totaled 69 points placing third. Northwest earned one first place vote and is picked fourth with 68 points.
In the women’s poll, the defending league champion Mountaineers, who earned 87 points in the poll, are coming off another historic season where they reached the elite eight of the NAIA D II national championships and finished 18-0 in the CCC and 33-3 overall. Co-favorite, The College of Idaho, earned three first-place votes and 87 points for the tie. The Yotes advanced to the round of sixteen last year at the NAIA D II national championships.
Oregon Tech was picked third with 83 points and five first place votes. Southern Oregon (72) placed fourth, and was followed by Warner Pacific (57), Corban (53), Concordia (39), Northwest Christian (32), Evergreen (26), and Northwest (14).