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Feb. 19, 2020

Bearcats sit atop first Regional Rankings

(Photo courtesy Gabi Brooks, Northwest Athletics)

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With the first round of NCAA Division 2 Men's Basketball Regional Rankings released on Wednesday, the road to the Elite Eight appears that it will head through Maryville in the central region once again.

Northwest Missouri State (24-1, 14-1 MIAA) leads the pack, followed by Southeastern Oklahoma State and Missouri Southern.

The Bearcats dispatched the Lions 96-75 February 13 en route to their current 20-1 in-region record, with a second meeting with MSSU coming up February 20.

"There's no doubt that we're looking at a team very capable of a repeat run, they check all the boxes," Wayne Cavadi of said.

Northwest won its second national championship in 2019 posting a perfect 38-0 record.

The MIAA Tournament is on the horizon in Kansas City March 4-8. The NCAA Tournament begins March 14.

The full interview with Wayne Cavadi on Northwest Missouri State University and the upcoming NCAA Tournament is available in the player link above.


Rank School Overall DII Record In-Region Record
1 Northwest Missouri State 21-1 20-1
2 Southeastern Oklahoma State 17-6 16-5
3 Missouri Southern State 16-5 16-4
4 Southern Nazarene 18-7 18-7
5 Northern State 20-6 20-6
6 Minnesota Duluth 19-7 18-7
7 Rogers State 17-5 17-5
8 Oklahoma Baptist 15-8 15-8
9 Sioux Falls 19-6 19-6
10 Henderson State 15-7 15-7