ABERDEEN, SD – Five teams from four different states will make the trek to the state of South Dakota for the NCAA Division II Central Regional Men’s Basketball Tournament this weekend.
According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, this will mark the first time in 21 years that the Wayne State College men’s basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Central Regional Tournament.
The Wildcats face MSU Moorhead on Saturday, March 13 in the tournament opener at 6 p.m. at the Barnett Center on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
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WSC earned the #4 seed for the tournament with an 11-6 regular season record while MSU Moorhead is the #5 seed at 10-4.
The two teams did not face each other this season but were supposed to meet in the NSIC Tournament semi-finals on Saturday, February 27 when the game was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols with the Wildcat program.
WSC holds a 23-17 lead in the all-time series vs. MSU Moorhead, but the Dragons have won the last 10 matchups against the Wildcats including two wins last season. MSUM won in Wayne in the regular season last year 82-71 and edged the Wildcats in the first round of the NSIC Tournament in Moorhead last February 26 by a score of 69-65.
The winner will face NSIC champion #1 Northern State (18-1) at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The other opening round game will feature MIAA champion #3 Washburn (19-6) vs. #6 Missouri Western (14-10) at 8:45 p.m. Their winner would face #2 Northwest Missouri State (23-2) at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday.
The NCAA DII Central Regional Championship game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. The NCAA DII Elite Eight will take place on March 24 – 25 and 27 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.