The St. Cloud State men’s basketball team was ranked 10th in the first Division II Central Region men’s basketball poll of the season that was released Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies have a 14-7 record against Division II teams and a 14-7 mark against the region.
The region is made up of the NSIC, MIAA and Great American Conference. The top eight teams in the final poll make the tournament, which will be held at the highest seed’s venue.
The region tournament takes place on March 15-16 and 18. Automatic bids are granted to each conference’s tournament winners. The selection show is at 9:30 p.m. on March 9.
The NSIC had five of the top 10 teams in the poll. Winona State was ranked No. 1 with MSU-Mankato coming in at 2. Bemidji State, which leads the NSIC North Division, is No. 8 while Southwest Minnesota State is No. 9.
The Huskies are host to Minnesota-Crookston on Friday and Bemidji State on Saturday.
Here’s the complete poll:
|RK||School (Conf)||OV DII Rec||In-Region Rec|
|1||Winona State (NSIC)||18-4||18-4|
|2||Minnesota State (NSIC)||19-4||18-3|
|3||Missouri Southern State (MIAA)||14-5||12-5|
|4||Northwest Missouri State (MIAA)||15-6||15-5|
|5||Central Missouri (MIAA)||17-4||17-3|
|6||Fort Hays State (MIAA)||18-4||18-4|
|7||Arkansas Tech (GAC)||15-6||15-6|
|8||Bemidji State (NSIC)||15-6||15-6|
|9||Southwest Minnesota State (NSIC)||15-9||15-9|
|10||St. Cloud State (NSIC)||14-7||14-7|