Beavers crack NCAA Division II North Central Regional Rankings
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Bemidji State University men's basketball team has been ranked among the North Central Region's 10 best teams in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Regional Poll, released by the organization today. The No. 10 ranking marks the Beavers' third appearance in the regional poll and the just sixth week the program has found itself among the region's best.

Bemidji State comes into the week toting a 12-10 overall record, a 7-3 mark in conference play and is 11-9 in head-to-head competition versus teams within the North Central Region. In addition, the Beavers are 3-2 versus nationally-ranked opponents during the 2005-06 campaign.

Prior to their current ranking, the Beavers had a four-week run in the North Central Regional Poll during the 2003-04 season climbing as high as seventh before receiving a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. Eleven years earlier, while members of the Great Lakes Region, BSU held down the No. 8 spot for a week in the 1992-93 version of the poll.

The Beavers join Winona State University (No.2) and Northern State University (No. 3) in the poll representing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference while the Rocky Mountain Conference boasts five teams, including No. 1 Fort Hays State, and Minnesota State University is the North Central Conference's only representative.

Regional rankings become of great importance this time of the year as the NCAA and its selection committee is narrowing the field for the 2006 Division II Tournament. In all, eight teams from each of the nation's eight regions will make the final field of 64. In the North Central Region, conference tournament champions from the NSIC, NCC and RMAC each get an automatic bid, leaving only five spots for the remaining teams in the region to fight for. Those spots will be fill by teams the selection committee chooses based on regional rankings and in-region records.

BSU currently clings to third place in the NSIC standings. Just one game behind Northern State for second place, the Beavers could climb into a tie with the Wolves with a win Friday. The game is set for an 8 p.m. tip-off at the BSU Gymnasium and kicks off a four-game homestand to cap the 2005-06 regular season.

North Central Regional Rankings (Feb. 15, 2006)

Rank

School

Overall Record

In-Region Record

1.

Fort Hays State

17-1

15-0

2.

Winona State

16-4

16-4

3.

Northern State

15-3

14-3

4.

Minnesota State

18-5

15-5

5.

St. Cloud State

15-6

14-5

6.

Nebraska-Kearney

15-4

15-4

7.

Fort Louis

14-5

13-3

8.

Metro State

11-7

10-5

9.

Mesa State

13-8

11-7

10.

Bemidji State

12-10

11-9
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