Georgetown College and Pikeville College were named co-favorites to win the Mid-South Conference this season in a pre-season poll of the league's men's basketball coaches announced Tuesday.
Pikeville, the defending NAIA Division I national champions, received 58 points and five of the nine first-place votes. Georgetown, the defending Mid-South regular season and tournament champions, earned 58 points and two first-place votes.
Pikeville finished in a tie for third in the conference regular season with a 13-5 record and reached the MSC Tournament semifinals last season. The Bears made the most of their at-large bid into the national tournament with five straight wins over seeded teams en route to the national title.
Georgetown joined Pikeville in advancing to the semifinals of the NAIA national tournament.
The remaining two first-place votes went to St. Catharine, which received 53 points for third place in the poll.
Following St. Catharine in the voting were Campbellsville (40), Cumberlands (38), Lindsey Wilson (32), Virginia-Wise (18), Shawnee State (16) and Rio Grande (11).
West Virginia Tech was not included in the poll because it is not eligible for the regular-season title in 2011-12.
Shawnee State named women's favorite
Shawnee State was named the Mid-South favorite by the conference's women's coaches, receiving 62 points and seven first-place votes.
Following Shawnee State in the voting were Lindsey Wilson (56), Campbellsville (51), Cumberlands (45), Georgetown (30), Pikeville (25), St. Catharine (25), Rio Grande (16) and Virginia-Wise (14).