Up and coming
Washburn: Central Oklahoma was in this spot and then went and lost at Missouri Southern on Monday. The Ichabods have won two straight games and are still in the running for the league's regular-season crown.
On the skids
Pittsburg State: Enduring only a modest two-game losing streak, the Gorillas went from possibly a decent seed for the MIAA Championships to likely playing Emporia State for a chance to host a game as the league's No. 8 seed before having to take on the tournament's top seed with a victory in the 8-9 game.
Guiot gets MIAA honor: Southwest Baptist's Preston Guiot, a 5-foot-11 sophomore from Bolivar, Mo., averaged 25.5 points and 12.5 assists per game last week to nab the league's Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week award. Thanks to Guiot's efforts, Southwest Baptist went 1-1 last week with a win over Lincoln and a loss to Central Missouri.
Offensive-minded Mules: For the second time this season, Central Missouri tallied more than 100 points in a game. On Saturday, the Mules posted 108 points in a 17-point victory over Southwest Baptist. In both 100-point-plus games this year, Central Missouri's Dominique Long has scored 29 points. In 24 games this season, the Mules are averaging 78 points per game, which is second in the league behind Lindenwood.
Bransford brings it: Northeastern State's Jermaine Bransford turned in his most impressive effort of the season on Saturday at Emporia State. The Sand Springs native recorded 23 points, 20 rebounds, five steals and three assists in the RiverHawks' 67-62 victory over the Hornets. So far this year, Bransford has registered 12 double-doubles.
Ahead of the pack
Washburn: The Lady Blues can wrap up the league's regular-season title with a win at Emporia State on Wednesday. A loss to the Hornets, and Washburn could find itself in a winner-take-all game against Central Missouri on Saturday.