Tahlequah Daily Press

March 15, 2013

Central Region preview

Tournament schedule and team capsules.

By BEN JOHNSON
Sports Editor

— Tournament schedule

Saturday

Game 1: No. 3 Augustana vs. No. 6 Upper Iowa, noon.

Game 2: No. 2 Winona State vs. No. 7 Northeastern State, 2:30 p.m.

Game 3: No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato vs. No. 8 Arkansas Tech, 5 p.m.

Game 4: No. 4 Central Missouri vs. No. 5 Harding, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday

Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday

Game 7: Regional championship, 7 p.m.



Tournament site

Taylor Center (Mankato, Minn.)

Capacity: 4,800.

Tickets: Reserved seating is $15. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and college students.



Northeastern State

Nickname: RiverHawks.

Location: Tahlequah.

Record: 19-8.

Coach: Larry Gipson.

Conference: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 7.

Last appearance: 2003.

Scoring: Team (72.3); Bryton Hobbs (18.3), Jermaine Bransford (15.7), Ethan Anderson (10.7).

Rebounds: Team (33.5); Bransford (9.5), Anderson (4.1).

Notes: The RiverHawks will be making their fifth appearance in the national tournament. ... NSU won a national championship in 2003. ... Hobbs leads the RiverHawks with five assists per game.



Winona State

Nickname: Warriors.

Location: Winona, Minn.

Record: 24-7.

Coach: Mike Leaf.

Conference: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 2.

Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (72.7); Clayton Vette (20.8), Xavier Humphrey (11.3).

Rebounds: Team (35.9); Vette (8.2), Taylor Cameron (5.2).

Notes: The Warriors, making their 13th appearance in the NCAA tournament, are 19-6 all time in NCAA tournament games. ... Winona State won Division II national championships in 2006 and 2008, and the Warriors also played for a title in 2007.



Augustana

Nickname: Vikings.

Location: Sioux Falls, S.D.

Record: 21-8.

Coach: Tom Billeter.

Conference: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 3.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (72.4); Cameron McCaffrey (21.1), Daniel Jansen (11.4).

Rebounds: Team (36.2); Jansen (5.9), Casey Schilling (5.2).

Notes: The Vikings are 8-12 all-time in NCAA tournament games. ... This is Augustana's fifth NCAA tournament appearance in six years.



Upper Iowa

Nickname: Peacocks.

Location: Fayette, Iowa.

Record: 20-11.

Coach: Brian Dolan.

Conference: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 6.

Last appearance: Never.

Scoring: Team (69.0); Tucker Wentzien (14.7), Sam Elgin (12.6).

Rebounds: Team (32.7); Wentzien (6.2), Elgin (4.8).

Notes: The Peacocks are making their first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament. ... Upper Iowa was picked to finish tied for 12th in the NSIC preseason poll. ... This will mark the first time that Upper Iowa has finished with a winning record.



Minnesota State

Nickname: Mavericks.

Location: Mankato, Minn.

Record: 26-4.

Coach: Matt Margenthaler.

Conference: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Bid: NSIC champion.

Seed: No. 1.

Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (79.4); Jarvis Williams (14.3), Assem Marei (13.4), Zach Monaghan (12.4).

Rebounds: Team (38.0); Marei (7.1), Connor O'Brien (6.2).

Notes: This the Mavericks' 10th appearance in the NCAA tournament. ... Minnesota State is 12-9 all-time in the NCAA tournament. ... The Mavericks made the Final Four in 2011.



Arkansas Tech

Nickname: Wonder Boys.

Location: Russellville, Ark.

Record: 18-11.

Coach: Doug Karleskint.

Conference: Great American Conference.

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 8.

Last appearance: 2012.

Scoring: Team (62.3); Willie Kirkland (13.4), Jared Williamson (12.3).

Rebounds: Team (36.6); Charles Mells (6.5), Kirkland (6.0).

Note: This is Arkansas Tech's fifth straight trip to the NCAA tournament.



Central Missouri

Nickname: Mules.

Location: Warrensburg, Mo.

Record: 22-7.

Coach: Kim Anderson.

Conference: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Bid: MIAA champion.

Seed: No. 4.

Last appearance: 2010.

Scoring: Team (78.2); Dominique Long (15.1), Widgett Washingtion (12.1).

Rebounds: Team (37.0); Lance Beckwith (5.2), Charles Hammock (5.1), Matt Webb (5.1).

Notes: This is Central Missouri's 21st appearance in the NCAA tournament. ... The Mules beat Northwest Missouri State, 79-76, in the MIAA tournament finals.



Harding

Nickname: Bison.

Location: Searcy, Ark.

Record: 21-9.

Coach: Jeff Morgan.

Conference: Great American Conference.

Bid: At-large.

Seed: No. 5.

Last appearance: 2011.

Scoring: Team (72.1); Zach Roddenberry (17.0), Hayden Johnson (11.6).

Rebounds: Team (33.4); Roddenberry (7.5), Bradley Spencer (4.9).

Note: This is Harding’s fourth appearance all-time in the NCAA tournament.