Northwest gets No. 1 seed and will host NCAA Central Regional; opens with OBU

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The Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat men’s basketball program will serve as the host for the fourth straight year of the Central Region as a part of the 2020 NCAA Division II Tournament.

The Central Region will take place March 14 (four games), March 15 (two games) and March 17 (regional final) in Bearcat Arena in Maryville, Missouri.

Northwest will be taking part in its 20th NCAA tournament. It is the Bearcats’s eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament under 11th-year head coach Ben McCollum. The Bearcats are 31-1 in 2019-20 and won NCAA Division II national championships in 2017 and 2019. Northwest has won seven consecutive MIAA regular season titles to go along with the five straight MIAA tourney crowns. Earlier today, Northwest secured the MIAA’s automatic bid the regional with its 78-76 victory over Missouri Southern in the tournament’s championship game.

Northwest will match up against No. 8 seed Oklahoma Baptist, on Sat., March 14, at 6 p.m. in Bearcat Arena.

The Elite Eight and national semifinals will be held at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, on March 26 and 28.

This year’s national championship game will be held Sunday, April 5, in Atlanta, Georgia.

NCAA Central Region
1. Northwest Missouri State (Host)
2. Southern Nazarene
3. Southeastern Oklahoma State
4. Northern State
5. Missouri Southern State
6. Rogers State
7. Henderson State
8. Oklahoma Baptist

Saturday, March 14
Noon: No. 3 Southeastern Oklahoma State vs. No. 6 Rogers State (Session 1)
2:30 p.m.: No. 2 Southern Nazarene vs. No. 7 Henderson State (Session 1)
6 p.m.: No. 1 Northwest Missouri vs. No. 8 Oklahoma Baptist (Session 2)
8:30 p.m.: No. 4 Northern State vs. No. 5 Missouri Southern (Session 2)

Sunday, March 15
5 p.m.: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
7:30 p.m.: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4

Tuesday, March 17
7 p.m.: Regional Championship Game

— Northwest Athletics —