McCollum Named National Coach Of The Week

Northwest Missouri State head men’s basketball coach Ben McCollum has been named the Division II national coach of the week.

McCollum, who captured the 2016-17 National Coach of the Year award, has led Northwest Missouri State to a stellar start to the season. The Bearcats opened the season by defeating both teams from the NCAA D-II championship game last year. They beat last year’s runner up Northern State 72-70 in overtime on Nov. 3, then defending champion No. 13 Ferris State 100-86 the following day. After that, McCollum’s team won three straight blowout games to move to 5-0 on the season and take the No. 2 spot in the D2SIDA poll.