Bill Evans

ISU men’s basketball coach Bill Evans talks things over during a game against Montana State on Jan. 25, 2014, in Reed Gym.

The Idaho State men's basketball team was picked to finished last in the Big Sky in both the coaches' and media preseason polls.

The Bengals earned 14 points in the coaches' poll and 24 from the media. ISU lost its top three scorers and rebounders from last year's team that went 7-23 overall, 4-14 in Big Sky Conference play. Graduated seniors Chris Hansen (17.7 points per game) and Jeff Solarin (12.6 ppg, 8.9 rebounds per game) both earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors a season ago.

Weber State (114 points) edged Montana (113) for the top spot in the coaches' poll. Both teams received six first-place votes. The Grizzlies (220, 14 first-place votes) were tabbed by the media to win the conference for a second straight season with Weber State (two first-place votes) picked second.

Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State each picked up a first-place vote in the media poll. The Eagles are slotted at third with 183 total points, while NAU and Sac State are tied for fourth with 133 points apiece.

Northern Colorado (117), Idaho (109), Portland State (109), Southern Utah (96), North Dakota (70), Montana State (64) and Idaho State (64) round out the media poll.

In the coaches' poll, Weber and Montana are followed by EWU (99), Northern Arizona (79), Southern Utah (64), Portland State (62), Northern Colorado (61), Idaho (52), North Dakota (52), Sacramento State (51), Montana State (31) and Idaho State (14).

The Bengals begin fall camp Friday.

Coaches' Poll (First Place Votes)

1. Weber State114 (6)
2. Montana113 (6)
3. Eastern Washington99
4. Northern Arizona79
5. Southern Utah64
6. Portland State62
7. Northern Colorado61
8. Idaho52
8. North Dakota52
10. Sacramento State51
11. Montana State31
12. Idaho State 14

Media Poll

1. Montana220 (14)
2. Weber State194 (2)
3. Eastern Washington183 (1)
4. Northern Arizona133 (1)
4. Sacramento State133 (1)
6. Northern Colorado117
7. Idaho109
7. Portland State109
9. Southern Utah96
10. North Dakota70
11. Montana State64
12. Idaho State24

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