The Washburn Ichabods will make their second-straight NCAA appearance and their 14th NCAA postseason appearance overall as they were selected as the No. 3 seed for the NCAA Central Regional which will be held in Maryville, Mo., with Northwest Missouri serving as the host school.
The DII men’s basketball championship will begin on Saturday, March 16. The No. 1 seed in each region will play host for each regional tournament which will finish on Tuesday, March 19. The Elite Eight will then move to the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana where the national quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game will be played between Mar. 27-30.
The Ichabods (24-7) will face No. 6 seed Missouri Southern in the regional quarterfinals on Saturday at noon.
The Ichabods and the Lions have faced each other twice in the NCAA Regional with the Lions winning both meetings in overtime. The first meeting was on March 10, 2000 in Joplin in a 79-73 loss in the second round. The second meeting was on March 12, 2011 in Edmond, Okla., in a second round game in a 82-79 overtime loss.
NCAA Central Regional
1. Northwest Missouri State (32-0)
2. Northern State (26-6)
3. Washburn (24-7)
4. St. Cloud State (22-8)
5. Southern Nazarene (28-5)
6. Missouri Southern State (23-7)
7. Southeastern Oklahoma State (22-7)
8. Minnesota State (18-11)