ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Eureka College men's basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2017-18, according to a preseason poll conducted by league head coaches earlier this month. Defending SLIAC Tournament champion Westminster was voted by the coaches as preseason favorite.
Westminster received half of the 10 first-place votes to secure 72 total points in the poll. MacMurray, less than a year removed from a ninth-place finish, moved up the ladder to be picked second with 67 points and received four first-place votes. Greenville, which won the regular-season SLIAC crown a year ago, was voted third with 56 points. The Red Devils followed in fourth with 54 points, narrowly missing the third spot.
Spalding garnered the final first-place vote to be slotted fifth in the poll. Webster, Principia, Iowa Wesleyan, Blackburn and Fontbonne filled out the bottom half of the ballot.
The regular-season league champion will host the top four teams in the final conference standings in the 2018 SLIAC Tournament in late February. The tournament winner will represent the SLIAC in the NCAA Tournament.