Not since the Marty Holly days in 1999 when the College of Idaho basketball team was ranked second in the nation have the Coyotes enjoyed such a lofty ranking!

The Coyotes are ranked 3rd in the NAIA preseason poll as they prepare top play at Montana Western tomorrow night and then at Montana Tech Saturday. The games represent the earliest season start in Yote basketball history,.

While the number 3 ranking is special, The College of Idaho is no strangers to the NAIA Top 10 as this is the sixth-straight season, the College of Idaho will start the season ranked in the Top-10 of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches poll.

C of I received 288 voter points from the 12 conference raters - trailing only defending NAIA champion, Spring Arbor (Mich.) and fellow semifinalist and Cascade Conference rival, Oregon Tech. Morningside (Iowa) and Indiana Wesleyan round out the Top-5. One other Cascade Conference team is in the poll - No. 18 Southern Oregon, with Corban among the teams receiving votes.