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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Updating the list

Minnesota State's beautiful Taylor Center will host the
2014 NCAA DII men's basketball Central Regional
Local college sports fans are in for a treat this weekend with Minnesota State hosting the Men's Basketball NCAA Division II Central Regional and a first round Western Collegiate Hockey Association play-off series.

For basketball, that means an additional seven games of postseason action in Taylor Center with four regional quarterfinal games Saturday, a pair of semi-final games Sunday and a championship game Tuesday.  Teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Great American Conference (GAC) make up the Central Region and in addition to ninth-rated Minnesota State (NSIC) taking on Harding (GAC), the other three first-round games include Missouri Southern (MIAA) vs. Fort Hays State (MIAA), Central Missouri (MIAA) vs. Arkansas Tech (GAC) and Winona State (NSIC) vs. Northwest Missouri State (MIAA).  The regional champion advances to the NCAA DII Elite Eight championship tournament, which is slated for March 26-29 in Evansville, Indiana.

The Mavericks, who stand 29-4 on the year, are hosting the regional tournament for the fourth time in the last five years.

The Minnesota State men's hockey team, meanwhile, squares off against Northern Michigan in a best-of-three series beginning Friday with the hopes of advancing to the WCHA Final Five. The winner of the league post-season tournament gets the league's auto-bid to the NCAA tournament.  The Mavericks, who enter this weekend with a 22-13-1 overall record and have fashioned a nine-game unbeaten streak, finished second in the league regular-season standings.

Minnesota State is the only school in the country hosting the unique NCAA DII men's basketball regional/men's hockey league play-off series this weekend, but hosting postseason events is nothing new for the Mavericks.  We've blogged a little on this in the past, but have added a few events to this burgeoning list.

Events Hosted by Minnesota State Athletics
Year    Event               
1984    NCC Baseball Tournament
1986    NCC Baseball Tournament
1988    NCAA DII Baseball Midwest Regional
1989    NCAA DII Softball Midwest Regional
1990    NCC Baseball Tournament
1994    NCAA DII Wrestling Regional/NCC Championship
1998    NCC Baseball Tournament
1999    NCC Baseball Tournament
2001    NCC Baseball Tournament
2003    WCHA Play-Offs First Round
2003    NCC Softball Tournament
2004    NCAA DII Wrestling National Championships
2006    NCC Baseball Tournament
2008    NCAA DII Wrestling Central Regional
2008    NCC Indoor Track & Field Championships
2008    NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships
2008    WCHA Play-Offs First Round
2008    NCAA DII Softball Central Regional
2009    NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Central Regional
2010    NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Central Regional
2010    NSIC Indoor Track & Field Championships
2011    NSIC Women’s Soccer Tournament
2011    NSIC Baseball Tournament
2011    NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Central Regional
2011    NCAA DII Softball Central SubRegional
2012    NSIC Indoor Track & Field Championships
2012    NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships
2012    NSIC Baseball Tournament
2012    NCAA DII Softball Central SubRegional
2012    NCAA DII Baseball Central Regional
2012    NSIC Women’s Soccer Tournament
2012    NCAA DII Football Second Round Game
2012    NCAA DII Football Quarterfinal Game
2012    NCAA SII Football Semifinal Game
2012    NCAA DII Women’s Soccer Central Regional
2013    WCHA Play-Offs First Round
2013    NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Central Regional
2013    NCAA DII Softball Central SubRegional
2013    NCAA DII Baseball Central Regional
2013    NCAA DII Football Second Round Game
2014    NCAA DII Men’s Basketball Central Regional
2014    WCHA Play-Offs First Round

2014    NCAA DII Softball Central SubRegional
2014    NSIC Women's Soccer Tournament
2014    NCAA DII Women's Soccer Regional 1st & 2nd Round
2014    NCAA DII Football Second Round Game
2014    NCAA DII Football Quarterfinal Game
2014    NCAA DII Football Semifinal Game 
2015    NSIC Indoor Track & Field Championships
2015    NCAA DII Wrestling Super Region 3 Championship
2015    WCHA Play-Offs First Round
2015    NCAA DII Women's Soccer Regional 1st & 2nd Round
2015    NCAA DII Football First Round Game

It's great to be a Maverick.

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