Northwest MBB Preview NCAA Tourney (Audio)

Northwest Missouri State is preparing for their opening round game in the Central Region of the NCAA Tournament Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato.  Head Coach Ben McCollum says their final game of the regular season against Missouri Western was beneficial.

McCollum says ranking the teams in the region was difficult.

The Bearcats and Mavericks meet Saturday night at 6:00 at Bearcat Arena.  Minnesota State won last year’s game 60-50; the all time series is tied at 3 games a piece.

NCAA Central Region
1. Northwest Missouri State (Host)
2. Northern State
3. Washburn
4. St. Cloud State
5. Southern Nazarene
6. Missouri Southern State
7. Southeastern Oklahoma
8. Minnesota State, Mankato

Saturday, March 16
Noon: No. 3 Washburn vs. No. 6 Missouri Southern (Session 1)
2:30 p.m.: No. 2 Northern State vs. No. 7 Southeastern Oklahoma State (Session 1)

6 p.m.: No. 1 Northwest Missouri vs. No. 8 Minnesota State, Mankato (Session 2)
8:30 p.m.: No. 4 St. Cloud State vs. No. 5 Southern Nazarene (Session 2)

Sunday, March 17
5 p.m.: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
7:30 p.m.: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Tuesday, March 18
7 p.m.: Regional Championship Game