The loss of head coach Saul Phillips and Summit League Player of the Year Taylor Braun definitely hurt the defending Summit League Champion North Dakota State Bison in the first 2014-15 preseason poll.

The Bison have been picked to finish fifth in the Summit League, despite being the defending conference champions.

Here's a quick look at the top five, as picked by coaches, sports information directors, and media:

  1. Fort Wayne
  2. Denver
  3. Oral Roberts
  4. South Dakota State
  5. North Dakota State

NDSU senior guard Lawrence Alexander was named to the preseason All-Summit League first team, while junior guard Kory Brown landed a spot on the second team, according to

The Bison open the regular season on the road against Texas on November 14th.