Dakota State and Valley City State picked as favorites in NSAA preseason polls


MADISON, S.D. (PlayNorthStar.com) — The North Star Athletic Association has released their men’s and women’s preseason polls.

Dakota State was chosen as the preseason favorite for the women while Valley City State are the pick on the men’s side.

The Trojan women collected all eight first-place votes and 64 points to claim the top spot. Dakota State finished the 2020-21 season with a 27-4 overall record, including a perfect 14-0 record in league play.

The Vikings totaled 59 points on the men’s side of the poll. VCSU was tied for second place in last year’s NSAA men’s basketball team standings with Bellevue (Neb.). Amassing a 19-7 overall record last season and a 9-5 record in conference

The top six teams in the North Star Athletic Association men’s basketball team standings will advance to the postseason tournament, which is set for an opening round on Feb. 22, 2022.

Two opening-round winners will join the top two seeded teams in the NSAA Men’s Basketball Postseason Final Four, held at the Watertown Civic Arena Feb. 26-27, 2022.

The NSAA’s tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament’s Opening Round on March 11-12, 2022. The winner of the national tournament’s opening round will move on to the final site in the NAIA National Championships, held in Kansas City, Mo. from March 17-22, 2021.

Full men’s poll HERE
Full women’s poll HERE