BEREA, Ohio – After taking a trip to last year's Ohio Athletic Conference Championship game, the Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team has been selected to finish second in the 2017-18 OAC Coaches Preseason Poll.
BW, who was picked third a season ago, was picked second out of 10 teams with 63 points. Defending OAC regular season and tournament champion Marietta College finished first in the polling with 80 points and eight first place votes. Just one point behind the Yellow Jackets was John Carroll University in third with 62 points and one first place vote. The University of Mount Union was fourth with 53 points and Capital University finished in fifth with 48 points and one first place vote.
Third-year head coach Tom Heil, who has a 53-31 career record as a head coach, returns 11 letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that finished with a 15-13 record and a 10-8 mark in the conference and advanced to the OAC Championship game for the first time since 2006.
BW will open the 2017-18 campaign by competing in the Lee Pfund Classic, hosted by Wheaton (Ill.) College, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18. The Yellow Jackets will host Alfred St. (N.Y.) College on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the team's home opener while OAC play opens up on Saturday, Dec. 2, when Marietta travels to Berea.