Men's Basketball Picked Seventh in UMAC Preseason Poll
ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College men's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the UMAC in the conference's preseason poll released Tuesday afternoon.
MLC is looking to improve from last season’s up-and-down season in the hopes of returning to the UMAC Tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
The Knights are led by three-year returning starter Galen Holzhueter, who was named Frist Team All-UMAC as a junior after averaging 18.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The senior has led the Knights in scoring in each of the last two seasons, and has led the team in rebounding for three straight seasons. He will be joined in the frontcourt by Micah Koelpin and Zach Peterson, who figure to battle up front for minutes in the post, as well as junior wing Craig Wilke, who has started 17 games in his first two seasons and can play a variety of roles.
In the backcourt, Luke Rothe is the lone returning starter after a strong freshman campaign where he averaged 13.2 points and nearly four assists per game. He figures to see time at both guard positions this season, with sophomores Mike Paulsen and Josh Lindner also getting the opportunity to play the point guard spot. Ben Edmundson, Todd Brassow and Austin Eisenmann all return with experience on the wing, and bring different strengths to the team. With the team looking to pick up the tempo with a pressure defense, the Knights will look to use their returning depth in the backcourt to their advantage.
The Knights finished with 14 points in the poll. Minnesota Morris finished first in the poll with a total of 45 points, taking home five first place votes.
For the full preseason release from the UMAC, click on the Preseason Poll link above.