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Missouri State men's basketball picked to win Valley; Lady Bears picked second

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In his second year as head coach, Dana Ford has built Missouri State into a team that should contend for a Missouri Valley Conference title.

Entering the 2019-20 season, the Bears are officially the favorites.

The Valley announced Thursday morning that the men were selected to finish atop the conference.

More: Inside Dana Ford's path to building Missouri State into a championship-caliber team

The Lady Bears, coming off an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, were picked to finish second.