Wayne State College is listed ninth in the initial NCAA Division II Central Region Men’s Basketball Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA national committee in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Central Region is made up of teams from the Great American Conference, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Wildcats are 18-8 overall and 15-8 against NCAA Division II teams overall and in-region.
Northwest Missouri State leads the regional rankings with fellow MIAA school Washburn in second. Northern State and St. Cloud State from the NSIC are third and fourth with Missouri Southern from the MIAA in fifth.
Southern Nazarene from the GAC is sixth followed by Minnesota State seventh, Lincoln (Mo.) eighth, Wayne State ninth and Southern Arkansas in 10th.
The top eight teams from the region advance to the NCAA Central Region Tournament March 16, 17 and 19. Automatic bids are granted to the winners of the three conference tournaments with the remaining five spots awarded to teams on an at-large basis.
Wayne State will close out the regular season at home this weekend, hosting Southwest Minnesota State Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sioux Falls Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.