Dayton was picked to finish fourth last season and placed fifth with a 5-3 mark in the league. It won its last three games against Butler, Stetson and Davidson to finish 6-4 overall.
Davidson, which tied with San Diego for the league title last season with a 7-1 mark, is the preseason favorite this year. It received eight first-place votes. San Diego, picked third, received three first-place votes.