Initial Region Rankings Released

Men Open at #2

Midwestern State opens the 2011-12 South Central Region Rankings at No. 2 as released on the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Homepage Wednesday evening.
The current rankings are merely a snapshot in time as the games through Sunday, Feb. 12 were factored into the rankings, so MSU's triple overtime win over Tarleton State will count in next week's release.
So the Texans open at No. 1 followed by Midwestern while Arkansas Tech (14-3) is at No. 3, Northwest Missouri State (15-3) at No. 4, Washburn (15-6) at No. 5, Missouri Southern (17-5) at No. 6, Central Missouri (13-6) at No. 7, West Texas A&M (15-6) at No. 8, Incarnate Word (12-9) at No. 9 and Fort Hays State (12-6) at No. 10.
The top eight teams from each of the eight regions advance to the postseason which will be played from March 12-15 at campus sites.
Tournament selections will take place via a Web cast selection show on on Sunday, March 4.
The winners of each regional gain a berth into the Elite Eight which is played at the Bank of Kentucky Center from March 21-23 in Highland Heights, Ky.
The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Great American Conference and Heartland Conference.
The winners of the LSC, MIAA and Heartland conferences postseason tournament earn an automatic bid into the postseason, while five others gain at-large access.
Midwestern State is the two-time South Central Region champion advancing to the Elite Eight in 2009 and 2010. The Mustangs have made six NCAA Division II postseason showings.
The Mustangs return to action Saturday night against Central Oklahoma at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Women Open at #5

The Midwestern State Mustangs are ranked fifth in the first NCAA Division II South Central Region rankings released Wednesday by the NCAA.
The Mustangs (18-5) are just behind Tarleton State (18-6) for the season.  Monday night's 66-61 loss to the TexAnns was after the ranking period closed, so did not figure into the current rankings.
Pittsburg State (Kan.) with a 20-2 record in Division II and an in-region record of 20-2, is the top ranked team.  Northeastern State (Okla.) (20-3, 15-3) is ranked second, with Washburn (Kan.) (18-4, 15-4) third.
After Tarleton and MSU, Emporia State (Kan.) (17-5, 15-5) is sixth, with Central Missouri (15-6, 15-6) seventh and Arkansas Tech (16-3, 16-3) eighth.  West Texas A&M (14-7, 14-6) is ninth and Newman (Kan.) (14-5, 14-5) is 10th.
MSU has the second most in-region wins among the ranked teams with 18, only behind Pitt State's 20.
The top eight teams in the region on Sunday, March 4 advance to the NCAA Division II Championship.
The NCAA Division II Tournament starts with the regional round Friday, March 9th through Monday, March 12th.  The champions of the eight regions advance to the Women's Elite Eight Tuesday, March 20 through Friday, March 23 at St. Mary's Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.