In a preseason poll of conference coaches, IPFW was picked to finish fifth in this year's Summit League regular season.
The Mastodons, 16-40 overall and 8-16 in the conference last year, have 16 letter winners returning. They lost six.
North Dakota State was chosen the preseason favorite, while South Dakota State and Oakland were picked second and third.
This will be the fifth season for IPFW coach Bobby Pierce.