The Southwest Minnesota State University men's basketball team is ranked No. 12 in the 2009-10 Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 poll.
The Mustangs finished last season with a 28-7 overall record and won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season title and the NCAA Central Regional championship.
SMSU returns eight letterwinners and three starters from last season's team, including seven of its top 10 scorers.
Senior forward Kevin Andrews is the team's top returning scorer after earning second team All-NSIC honors last year and finishing third on the team averaging 8.3 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game. Andrews also ranked third on the team with 30 three-pointers. Junior forward Taylor Huseby finished fourth on the team in scoring with an average of 8.1 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Also returning is senior guard Andrew Peschong, who started 14 games and dished out a team-high 93 assists and senior guard Jon DeRock, who tied for the team lead with 44 three-pointers last year. Senior Nick Dale made 11 starts last season and finished with a team-high 40 blocked shots and was second in rebounding with 4.3 per game. Senior guard DeAnthony Zanders came off the bench in all 35 games and recorded 60 assists and 25 steals, while junior forward Scott Roehl averaged 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds on top of shooting 56.3 percent from the field.
SMSU begins practice Thursday and will have its first exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 3, against St. Olaf College.