Just some random thoughts as we wrap the comforting blanket around us that is the traditional second college sports crossover season.
For us here at Minnesota State that means we start thinking of the possibility of hosting a men's basketball regional for the second consecutive year. The Mavericks were #1 in the region last week. We defeated St. Cloud State Friday, but dropped a 79-73 decision to Concordia Saturday, so there is some uncertainty that the top spot will be retained. MSU is rated 14th in the most-recent national poll. The next highest-rated team in the poll in our region is Colorado School of Mines, which comes in at #20, but is riding a 12-game winning streak. So, that being said, we'd like to think that we'll still be rated #1 once the poll comes out tomorrow (Tuesday). MSU has three regular-season games remaining prior to the start of the NSIC tourney March 2.
Others soon heading to the postseason include women's hockey (WCHA first round games are Feb. 25-27), men's hockey (WCHA first round games are March 11-13), women's basketball(NSIC tourney, March 2), men's and women's indoor track (NSIC Championship meet in Bemidji, Feb. 25-26), wrestling (NCAA regional tourney, Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls) and swimming (Midwest Conference Championship meet in Omaha, March 16-19) and diving (conference championship in Mankato this Friday and Saturday).
There's that and then there's the official start to our spring seasons. Men's and women's tennis are both well underway. Softball started its year this past weekend with a pair of wins over Mount Mercy in the UNI Dome. Baseball starts its season March 4 in Florida with a slate of nonconference games over the course of nine days. The women's golf team will also get going over the course of spring break with a trip to California the second week of March. The men start March 27-29 with a tournament in Wayne, Neb.
Good times. It's great to be a Maverick!