With Saturday’s action complete, the bracket for the 2010 MIAA Men’s Basketball Championship has been finalized. Three of the four first round matchups will be rematches of games that took place during the final week of the regular season.
MIAA regular season champion and No. 1 seed Central Missouri will take on No. 8 seed Washburn in the first round at noon on Friday, March 5. The Ichabods earned the eighth and final spot after Missouri Southern defeated Northwest Missouri, 89-81 in overtime Saturday. Central swept the season series against Washburn, winning 77-71 at home and 74-64 on the road.
No. 2 seed Fort Hays State will face No. 7 Emporia State at 6 p.m. Friday. The Tigers and Hornets will play a tune-up game against each other in the regular season finale Sunday at 4 p.m. in Hays. Fort Hays State won the first matchup between the two teams, 69-65 in Emporia.
No. 3 Nebraska-Omaha will play No. 6 Missouri Southern in the first round Friday at 8:15 p.m. The Mavericks and Lions are fresh off an overtime thriller Thursday night in Omaha, a game in which UNO came out on top, 113-111. Southern won the prior matchup between the two, 96-73 in Joplin.
No. 4 Missouri Western and No. 5 Southwest Baptist, which met Saturday in the last game of the regular season, will face off again Friday in Kansas City at 2:15 p.m. Western won the game Saturday in St. Joseph, 86-72, while SBU won the first meeting, 82-59 in Bolivar.
The 2010 MIAA Women’s Basketball Championship bracket will be released at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday following the Emporia State-Fort Hays State game.