MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- After a record breaking season that saw MIT finish 29-2 -- a school record for wins -- advance to the NCAA tournament semifinals and finish the season No. 3 in the final polls, the Engineers have been selected as the 2012-13 preseason No. 1 team in the nation. In the preseason poll released by D3hoops.com, MIT picked up 12 first place votes and 594 total points. Virginia Wesleyan was second with three first place votes and 585 points, followed by last season's national champions, Wisconsin-Whitewater, with 10 first place votes and 543 points.

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Head coach Larry Anderson returns an experienced squad to defend its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championship. The Engineers are slated to return four senior starters for 2012-13 who between them led MIT in every statistical category last season. Senior Mitchell Kates earned both fourth team All-America and first team All-NEWMAC honors and a year ago after averaging 14.2 points and 5.4 assists a game. Senior Noel Hollingsworth, a first team All-NEWMAC selection, led the team in scoring with his 17.2 ppg average while also leading the squad with 54 blocked shots. Senior Will Tashman, also a first team All-NEWMAC pick, led the squad in rebounding with 9.6 per game while adding 11.5 points a contest. Senior Jamie Karraker hit a school record 111 three-point shots last season, shooting at a 42.7 percent clip from behind the arc while averaging 12.6 points per game.

Nine teams are in the preseason Top 25 who were not in last year's final poll. The highest ranked of the bunch is No. 11 St. Thomas (Minn.), which technically returns six starters. One of them is center Tommy Hannon, who started on the 2011 national title team but played just nine games in 2012 before getting injured and missing the rest of the season.

Two NESCAC teams (Middlebury, Amherst) and two CCIW teams (North Central, Illinois Wesleyan) are in the top 10. The ODAC and NESCAC each have three teams in the Top 25.