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HOOPS: Game times, ticket prices set for South Central Regional play

Game times and ticket prices have been set for both the men's and women's South Central Regionals set for this weekend in Colorado.

Midwestern State's women opens its first South Central Regional since 2001 Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. (CDT) against rival Tarleton State at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction. With a win, the Mustangs move on to face the winner of the St. Mary's/Metro State matchup in the semifinals Saturday night at 6 p.m. (CDT). The regional title game follows Monday at 8 p.m. (CDT).

The Midwestern State men open its three-time defense as South Central Region champions Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. (CDT) against Newman (Kan.) at the Auraria Events Center in Denver. With a win, the Mustangs advance to face the victor of the Metro State/Tarleton State contest Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. (CDT). The regional championship game follows Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

The Metro State-Denver ticket office open 90 minutes prior to the start of each session. All spectators need to purchase general admission tickets prior to each session at the cost of $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 6-17), senior citizens and college students with school identification).

2013 Women's South Central Regional Schedule

Brownson Arena - Grand Junction, Colo.

Friday, March 15 - First Round
(3) St. Mary's (Texas) vs. (6) Metro State, 1 p.m.
(2) Midwestern State vs. (7) Tarleton State, 3:30 p.m.
(1) Colorado Mesa vs. (8) Fort Lewis, 7 p.m.
(4) Texas-Permian Basin vs. (5) Abilene Christian, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 - Semifinals
STMU/MSU-D winner vs. MSU/TSU winner, 6 p.m.
CMU/FLC winner vs. UTPB/ACU winner, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, March 18 - Championship
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.
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2013 Men's South Central Regional Schedule

Auraria Arena - Denver, Colo.

Saturday, March 16 - First Round
(3) Fort Lewis vs. (6) Adams State, 1 p.m.
(2) St. Mary's (Texas) vs. (7) Cameron, 3:30 p.m.
(1) Metro State vs. (8) Tarleton State, 7 p.m.
(4) Midwestern State vs. (5) Newman, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 17 - Semifinals
FLC/ASC winner vs. STMU/CU winner, 6 p.m.
MSU-D/TSU winner vs. MSU/NU winner, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19 - Championship
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.
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MEN'S HOOPS: Mustangs earn fifth-straight NCAA II Tournament bid

Midwestern State received an at-large for their eighth NCAA Division II South Central Regional Tournament appearance as announced by the Men's Basketball Championship Committee Sunday night.

The three-time defending regional champion Mustangs are coming off of a Lone Star Conference postseason tournament final showing last weekend after claiming their seventh league title rolling through conference play with a 14-4 record. MSU (21-8) won 20 games for the fifth consecutive season.

The Mustangs as the No. 4 seed against Newman (Kan.) (20-7) Saturday at the Auraria Event Center on the campus of Metro State University-Denver.

Other first round games include: No. 1-seed Metro State (27-2) against No. 8 Tarleton State (20-9), No. 2 St. Mary's (Texas) (21-7) versus No. 7 Cameron (Okla.) (18-8) and No. 3 Fort Lewis (Colo.) (21-7) against No. 6 Adams State (Colo.) (20-8).

The South Central Region champion advances to face the East Region titleist in the Elite Eight on March 29 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.

GRAND JUNCTION, HERE WE COME! MSU to square off with rival TexAnns in South Central Region opener

Midwestern State will face a familiar foe when it opens NCAA Division II South Central Regional play Friday at Brownson Arena on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo.

The Mustangs battle Tarleton State for the fourth time this season in the opening round. MSU rolled the TexAnns 100-82 in the semifinal round on the way to its first Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament title since 2001.

MSU outlasted West Texas A&M 85-82 in overtime in the finals to claim its NCAA Division II program best 24th win Saturday night.

The Mustangs are making their third South Central Regional showing and first since 2003. MSU took a 70-60 loss to Southwest Baptist (Mo.) in the opening round of the 2001 tournament before falling to 67-56 to host Washburn (Kan.) as the No. 8 seed in 2003.

Midwestern claimed a season sweep of the TexAnns winning 78-71 in overtime at D.L. Ligon Coliseum on Jan. 12, then claimed 71-63 victory last month in Stephenville before eliminating TSU in the LSC semifinals last weekend.

Other opening round match ups include: No. 1-seed Colorado Mesa (28-1) takes on No. 8 Fort Lewis (Colo.) (18-10); No. 4 Abilene Christian (21-6) plays Texas-Permian Basin (20-7) and St. Mary's (Texas) (22-6) battles Metro State (Colo.) (21-8).