SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: Mustangs earn at-large bid to NCAA Tourney for second straight season

INDIANAPOLIS-The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team has earned the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Central Region Tournament as the 64-team NCAA Division II field was announced on Sunday night.

The eight-team region tournament will be hosted by No. 1 seed Northwest Missouri State University and will be played at Bearcat Arena in Maryville, Missouri, from March 10-13.

SMSU (24-8), champions of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division for the second straight season, will be making its second straight NCAA tournament appearance and fifth all-time. The Mustangs will face No. 5 seed Missouri Southern (20-9) in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 10 at 8:15 p.m.

The semifinals will be played on Sunday, March 11, with the championship game on Tuesday, March 13.

The other quarterfinal match-ups include No. 1 Northwest Missouri State versus No. 8 seed Minnesota State, No. 3 seed Southern Nazarene (Okla.) versus No. 6 seed St. Cloud State and No. 2 seed Northern State vs. No. 7 seed Washburn (Kan.).

SMSU, which lost in championship game of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament championship this past Tuesday, has an all-time record of 8-4 in the NCAA tournament, which includes two NCAA region championships and one region championship runner-up.

SMSU in the NCAA Tournament

March 9, 2001 – W, Winona State, 88-77

March 10, 2001 – W, Fort Hays State, 82-63

March 11, 2001 – W, St. Cloud State, 67-65 – North Central Region Championship

March 21, 2001 – L, Kentucky Wesleyan, 85-66 – NCAA Elite Eight

March 14, 2009 – W, Northern State, 69-47

March 15, 2009 – W, Minnesota State, 77-69

March 17, 2009 – W, Augustana, 73-60 – Central Region Championship

March 25, 2009 – L, Cal Poly Pomona, 79-74 – NCAA Elite Eight

March 10, 2012 – L, MSU Moorhead, 82-66

March 11, 2017 – W, Arkansas Tech, 93-82

March 12, 2017 – W, East Central, 74-70

March 14, 2017 – L, Northwest Missouri State, 55-52 – Central Region Championship

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