(WNFL) - Defending champion Saint Norbert is the coaches' pre-season favorite to win the Midwest Conference men's basketball crown. The Green Knights have won three-of-the-last-four league titles. All-conference guard Brandon Gries is among the Saint Norbert players who will return. Carroll of Waukesha is picked to take second, Beloit third, and Grinnell fourth. Black River Falls native Jack Taylor is back for Grinnell, after he scored 138 points in a game last November.On the women's side, Cornell College of Iowa has been named the coaches' favorite to repeat as the Midwest Conference champions. Monmouth was picked second, and Saint Norbert third. Beloit guard Lauren McNanna is among just three returning all-conference first-teamers from a year ago.
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