Head men's basketball coach Matt Neil

The Hope men’s basketball team is second in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Preseason Coaches Poll announced this morning.

The Flying Dutchmen received two of eight possible first-places for 12 points.

Reigning MIAA champion Calvin was chosen to repeat. The Knights, who won both regular-season and conference tournament titles last season, picked up the other six first-place votes and earned eight points. Coaches could not vote for their own team.

MIAA teams will tip off their season Nov. 15, with conference play beginning on Jan. 8, 2014.

Hope starts on Thursday, Nov. 14 with an exhibition game at Grand Valley State University at 7 p.m.

The Flying Dutchmen tip off the regular season on Nov. 22-23 with games at Wisconsin-Whitewater and Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

POLL RESULTS (First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. Calvin (6) 8 points 

2. Hope (2) 12

3. Adrian 21 

4. Trine 26

5. Alma 32

6. Olivet 37

7. Kalamazoo 41

8. Albion 47