The Mid-America Intercollegiate Conference released their 2002 pre-season poll yesterday. To no one’s surprise, Pittsburgh St. (Kansas) was named the early favorite. CMSU and Northwest Missouri St. were picked in a two-way tie for second. Other Missouri teams in the conference are Missouri Western and Truman St. who are tied for fourth, Missouri Southern who’s picked sixth, Southwest Baptist is seventh, and Missouri-Rolla is predicted to finish last.