The University of Nebraska at Omaha was picked to finish fifth out of nine teams in the Summit League’s preseason poll, released Friday.
The Mavericks, in their first season in the Summit, received 38 points. Four-time defending champ North Dakota State received eight first-place votes, leading the league with 64 points.
Fort Wayne was second with 56 points and received the other first-place vote. Western Illinois was third (46 points), UMKC was fourth (40).
The top four teams in the regular season standings, excluding the UNO, will compete at the Summit championships in Fargo, N.D., May 9 through 11. The tournament champ earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.