The Red Wolves received 613 points with four first-place votes to finish behind last season's NCAA Tournament runner-up Nebraska, who topped the poll with 664 points and 11 first-place votes. Defending NCAA champion Sam Houston State is ranked third with a total of 572 points and seven first-place votes, while Vanderbilt (542 points) and Maryland Eastern Shore (524 points) round out the top five.
A-State finished last season ranked third after finishing in a tie for fifth place at the NCAA Tournament, its seventh straight appearance. The Red Wolves finished last season with a record of 98-32, with the 98 wins setting the school record for most in a season. The No. 2 preseason ranking is tied for the highest the Red Wolves have ever received with the only other time coming before the 2012-13 season.
Reigning NTCA Coach of the Year Justin Kostick returns for his sixth season and has accumulated a record of 417-167 (.714) during his tenure as A-State's head coach. The Red Wolves welcome back five lettermen from last season's squad, including the 2013-14 NTCA Division I Player of the Year Sarah Lokker, and have five freshmen set to compete for the upcoming season.
Arkansas State opens the 2014-15 campaign Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the Fairleigh Dickinson Jamboree in Hackensack, N.J.