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Govs ranked 8th in Mid-Major Top 25 poll

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By Colby Wilson

APSU Athletics Communications

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. —For the first time since 2007, Austin Peay finds itself among the mid-major preseason favorites in the Mid-Major Top-25, checking in at No. 8 in the preseason poll.

The Govs were in and around the poll all last season, finishing just outside the top-25 in the season’s final vote. This is believed to be Austin Peay’s highest-ever ranking in the poll.

Now in its 22nd season of existence, the Mid-Major Top-25 is a vote of 31 mid-major head coaches including Casey Alexander (Belmont) and Jay Spoonhour (Eastern Illinois) from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Govs are one of three league programs considered to be in the top-15 of mid-majors, joined by Murray State (No. 10) and Belmont (No. 13). The OVC and the West Coast Conference are the only leagues with three teams in the preseason top-15.

Gonzaga received all 31 first-place votes as the unanimous preseason No. 1, with Northern Iowa, Loyola Chicago, Little Rock and South Dakota State rounding out the top-five.

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