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Panthers the Team to Beat in MVC Men's Basketball
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Northern Iowa is the overwhelming choice to win the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball title in 2009-10.

The league says that Northern Iowa received 389 out of a possible 390 votes and outdistanced Creighton, which received 336 total points.

Among the teams trailing in the preseason voting were Illinois State (299), Southern Illinois (272) and Wichita State (216).

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