The Lone Star Conference released its preseason basketball polls Tuesday, one day after releasing schedules.
The Oklahoma Christian men’s basketball team was picked to finish 12th out of 15, while the women’s basketball team was picked 11th.
West Texas A&M was the unanimous choice to win the conference on the men’s side. The votes were more split for the women. Lubbock Christian edged out WT for first, with Texas A&M-Commerce also receiving first place votes.
The OC men will feature five new starters this season since Johnatan Reyes-Valdez is out for the year injured. The Lady Eagles have three returning starters in forward Katie Mayo, guard Maddison Collyer Ingraham and guard Tyra Peck, all seniors.
The men finished 10-17 last season, concluding with a 69-67 loss to Dallas Baptist in the LSC tournament. The women finished 8-19 with a 70-52 loss to Eastern New Mexico, also in the first round.
Teams are split into three divisions of five. When playing divisional opponents, schools will play each opponent home and away during the week. When playing non-divisional opponents, the schools will play back-to-back days at the same location.
The Eagles will share a division with Cameron, Arkansas-Fort Smith, Texas A&M-Commerce, the Dallas Baptist men and the Texas Woman’s women.
OC opens the 2020-21 season at Texas A&M International Dec. 11 and 12. The home openers are Dec. 18 and 19 against LCU. The Eagles will host in-state foe Cameron Jan. 7 before traveling to Lawton Jan. 9.
OC is scheduled to finish the regular season Feb. 26 and 27 at home against St. Mary’s.