Wheeling Jesuit was picked third, while Concord and Shepherd were tied for fourth.
The University of Charleston, under first-year Coach Dwaine Osborne, was picked sixth, followed by West Virginia State at seventh.
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ONLY SIX of the top 20 leading scorers from the final season of the West Virginia Conference return to compete in the inaugural campaign of the MEC.
The leader is Fairmont State junior Jamel Morris, who was fifth in the WVC last season when he averaged 19.4 points for Glenville State.
Morris plays some in the offseason with Fairmont State standout Brendon Cooper and opted to transfer to play with him. However, Glenville State didn't release him from his scholarship, forcing Morris to sit out a season. Morris will have two years of eligibility remaining.
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WEST VIRGINIA State women's Coach David Smith said his team's choice of sixth in the MEC Coaches' Poll is "about right."
"I wish I could stand up here and talk how we could contend for a championship," said Smith, who is in his second year at State. "Someday I might be able to do that, today's not the day."
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WEST LIBERTY was picked first in the MEC women's coaches' preseason poll, but will be without its best player from last season, Hillary Southworth.
Coach Lynn Ullom said the 5-foot-10 guard switched majors and will redshirt this season, but will return for the 2014-15 campaign. Southworth led the WVC in scoring last year at 24.1 points per game.
Also, Southworth had minor knee surgery and didn't recover as quickly as expected although Ullom said he hopes she'll be fully recovered to play her final year of eligibility after this season.
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