Coming off a stellar 2015-16 season and run to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, the Saginaw Valley State University men's basketball team appears high in a pair of preseason national rankings heading into the 2016-17 campaign. The Cardinals are listed as the no. 5 ranked team in the Division II Bulletin rankings and are ranked no. 8 in the preseason edition of the Sporting News Rankings.
In 2015-16, the team clinched the program's first GLIAC championship since the 1984-85 season and the program's first since joining the ranks of NCAA Division II. SVSU also claimed the Midwest Regional title and trip to the annual Elite Eight tournament in Frisco, Texas in just their first-ever appearance in the national tournament.
The Cardinals were tabbed as the favorites for the league's North Division while senior forward C.J. Turnage is named on both the Division II Bulletin and Sporting News lists as a preseason all-american honorable mention selection. He has been selected as a First Team All-GLIAC honoree the past two seasons, as well as earning the GLIAC Freshman of the Year honor in 2013-14.
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