ADA — The Ohio Northern men's basketball team has been picked to finish ninth in the 2019-20 Ohio Athletic Conference coaches poll, voted on by league coaches.

Northern received 20 points in the poll.

Mount Union was selected to finish first with 79 points and seven first place votes, John Carroll was picked second with 64 points and two first place votes and Marietta was picked to finish third with 67 points and the final first place vote.

Fourth-year head coach Rich Bensman returns two starters and seven lettermen from last year's squad that finished 7-18 overall and was ninth in the OAC with a 3-15 league mark.

The Polar Bears will open the 2019-20 season Friday and Saturday at the Mount Saint Joseph Tip-Off Classic.

2019-20 OAC Men's Basketball Coaches Poll

Rank    School (1st Place Votes)
1.    Mount Union (7)    79
2.    John Carroll (2)    67
3.    Marietta (1)    64
4.    Wilmington    56
5.    Baldwin Wallace    52
6.    Capital    37
7.    Muskingum    31
8.    Heidelberg    30
9.    Ohio Northern    20
10.    Otterbein    14