INDIANAPOLIS – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team earned its highest regional ranking in program history with the No. 6 spot in the NCAA Division II Central Region Rankings, announced Wednesday by the NCAA selection committee. With an 18-7 Division II record, the Beavers (19-7, 14-6 NSIC) moved up two spots from the first edition of the rankings (Feb. 16).
The central region is made up of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). The top eight teams from the region will play in the NCAA Central Region Tournament March 10-13, hosted by the top seed. Winners of the NSIC and RMAC postseason tournaments receive automatic bids, with the remaining six spots filled by teams that earn at-large bids.
The NSIC is represented by six teams in the top ten, guided by Winona State University at No. 2 and followed by St. Cloud State University at No. 4, Minnesota State University Moorhead at No. 5, BSU at No. 6, Southwest Minnesota State University at No. 7 and Augustana College at No. 9. RMAC’s Colorado School of Mines is the list’s No. 1 team, Metropolitan State University is No. 3, Adams State College is No. 8 and University of Nebraska-Kearney ranks No. 10.
The 2003-04 Bemidji State team was NSIC regular season champions and were in the regional rankings four consecutive weeks before earning an NCAA at-large bid at No. 7. The team had a regional mark as high as No. 7. The 1993-94 squad was the only other team at BSU to appear in the regional rankings, earning its highest ranking at No. 8.
The Beavers are having a record-setting season with a 19-7 overall record. The squad became just the fourth team in program history to reach 19 wins and with two regular season games remaining have an opportunity to reach the program record of 20 wins, set by the 2003-04 team.
BSU closes the NSIC regular season with an opportunity to win at least a share of the conference regular season championship. The Beavers host Upper Iowa University and No. 22 Winona State University Feb. 24-25.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
|NCAA Central Region Rankings #2|
|1||Colorado School of Mines (RMAC)||21-2|
|2||Winona State (NSIC)||20-3|
|3||Metro State (RMAC)||20-5|
|4||St. Cloud State (NSIC)||16-6|
|5||MSU Moorhead (NSIC)||15-6|
|6||Bemidji State (NSIC)||18-7|
|7||Southwest Minnesota State (NSIC)||15-8|
|8||Adams State (RMAC)||14-6|