Bemidji State Receives Second-Ever Regional Ranking
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Feb. 11, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team has been recognized among the region, ranked 10th in the North Central Region poll today. The announcement came from the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee.

The honor is the second time in school history that BSU has been regionally ranked; the 1992-93 team held down the eighth-spot when the Beavers were members of the Great Lakes Region.

“It is a nice honor and it shows that the players are working hard.” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “This ranking brings a sense of pride to our university and the players. The more exposure you get, the better it is for recruiting.”

There are ten teams selected in each region with a total of eight regions. The regional rankings are released weekly on Wednesdays through March 3, 2004. The North Central Region comprise 32 teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), North Central Conference (NCC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). The RMAC is made up of teams from Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico.

The winner of the league Tournament automatically qualifies for the North Central Region NCAA Tournament, March 13-14, 16, held at the top seed in the region.

Bemidji State joins Northern State (fifth) as the only NSIC teams in the poll. The Beavers have faced four of the region’s top eight programs this season - South Dakota State (third), Northern State (fifth), North Dakota State (sixth) and St. Cloud State (eighth). BSU defeated Northern State, 94-83, Jan. 6, 2004.

The Beavers, which own a 10-1 mark in NSIC action and sit first in the conference, travel to Minnesota State, Moorhead and Northern State this Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 8:00 p.m. and can be heard live on KBSB-FM 90 or on the world wide web at Josh Harvey and Chad Waller provide the on-air talent.

The Wolves moved up to No. 5 in the region this week as they have won 10 straight. NSU, which has dropped four straight in the series with BSU, owns the second spot in the NSIC standings.

“I always try to get players that want to play in big games and that is what this weekend is all about,” said Guiot. “The table has been set for a great game (with Northern State), I just hope we are hungry.”

1.    Metropolitan State    19-2
2.    Nebraska-Kearney    19-2
3.    South Dakota State    21-3
4.    Colorado Christian    17-4
5.    Northern State    17-5
6.    North Dakota State    13-8
7.    Nebraska-Omaha    15-6
8.    St. Cloud State    15-6
9.    Fort Lewis    14-6
10.    Bemidji State    15-7