Special to The Hays Daily News

The Fort Hays State men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the MIAA Preseason coaches poll, released Thursday by the conference office. The Tigers finished with a record of 22-8 in 2013-14 and made their sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season under head coach Mark Johnson.

Fort Hays State received two first place votes in the poll and was just six voting points behind last year's national champion, Central Missouri. The Mules received 10 first place votes after tying for the MIAA regular season title last year. Washburn and Northwest Missouri State also received first place votes.

The Tigers return four players with starting experience, including one All-American, and six letterwinners from last year's team that finished fourth in the MIAA regular season standings. FHSU looks to continue its success in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, as it has averaged just over 21 wins per season over the last seven seasons. The Tigers reached 20 or more wins in five of those seasons and produced at least 19 in all seven.

2014-15 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Central Missouri (10) 151

2. Fort Hays State (2) 145

3. Washburn (1) 137

4. Northwest Missouri (1) 129

5. Missouri Southern 120

6. Central Oklahoma 110

7. Nebraska-Kearney 103

8. Emporia State 82

9. Lindenwood 79

10. Pittsburg State 73

11. Missouri Western 53

12. Northeastern State 39

13. Southwest Baptist 29

14. Lincoln 15