Bemidji State Basketball Teams to Play in Post-Season Conference Action
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Feb. 18, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s and women’s basketball teams have assured themselves of a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Quarterfinal game with the men to host at the BSU Gymnasium and the women guaranteed a spot with the site still to be determined.

The women, which stand sixth in the standings, have the possibility to finish as high as the No. 2 seed and play at home. The Quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 with the game-times either at 6, 7 or 8 p.m.

The format of the NSIC Tournament is such that the top four seeds host the No. 5 through No. 8 seeds on March 3. For those institutions that have both teams at home, the women’s game will begin at 6 p.m. with the men to follow at 8 p.m. If just one game is scheduled, then tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and $2.00 for students with children under five admitted free. The NSIC Semifinal and Championship are held in St. Paul, Mar. 6-7 at the Gangelhoff Center. For ticket information, please contact the BSU ticket office at 218-755-3993.

The Beaver men have hosted a post-season game for the past two seasons and have competed all four years in post-season NSIC play. Right now, they hold the league’s top spot with Northern State but lose out on the tiebreaker as the current No. 1 seed. The teams have split the season series, but with BSU going 0-1 against the No. 3 seed, Minnesota-Duluth and NSU sweeping the Bulldogs, Northern State would end up with the first seed.

Last week, the men received a No. 10 ranking in the North Central Region poll for the second time in school history. They hold down the same spot in the Feb. 15th poll. Currently, sitting on top of the league standings, BSU will look to put an end to a 37-year drought of an NSIC Championship. The last conference title for BSU (when BSU was a member of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference) was 1966-67.

The Beaver women missed out of the NSIC Tournament in 2002-03 but have been a three-year participant. BSU has lost all three first-round games with all of them being on the road.

Both clubs wrap up the NSIC road portion of the regular season schedule with visits to SW Minnesota State and Wayne State (Neb.) this Friday and Saturday. Both games are carried live on KBSB-FM90 and on www.FM90.org with Josh Harvey and Chad Waller handling the radio duties.
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