The Michigan Tech Huskies and Wayne State Warriors weren’t able to capture the GLIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II men’s basketball tournament but they have been included anyway. The Huskies and Warriors were among the teams to receive at-large berths when the bracket was announced yesterday.
The Division II tournament works a little differently than the more well-known Division I tournament. In DII, the tournament bracket is constructed with a strict regional format. The eight eight-team regions create the full 64-team field.
As the Midwest Regions’s number one seed, Drury University (Springfield, Mo) will host the region’s eight participating teams. First round games will be played on March 16, second round games on March 17 and the regional championship on March 19.
The Midwest regional shapes up like this:
No. 1 Drury (25-4)
vs. No. 8 Findlay (22-7)
No. 2 Southern Indiana (22-7)
vs. No. 7 Wayne State (17-9)
No. 3 Bellarmine (22-7)
vs. No. 6 Indianapolis (20-8)
No. 4 Michigan Tech (20-8)
vs. No. 5 UW-Parkside (20-8)
The winner moves on to a quarterfinal game to be played March 29 with semifinals being played a day later. The Division II national championship game will be played in Atlanta on April 7 as part of the NCAA’s 75th anniversary celebration.
Check out the full bracket here.