Joplin, Mo. — The NCAA released its first Division II Central Region Rankings today and the Missouri Southern men’s basketball program finds itself in third. cornelius_2014

The Lions are 17-5 overall and 11-4 in the MIAA and have qualified for its 16th-straight MIAA postseason tournament.

The Central Region consists of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the Great American Conference (GAC) and the MIAA. The champion of each conference is guaranteed a bid in the regional tournament and eight teams total qualify. The number one seed is offered the opportunity to host the event that will take place on March 14-16.

Winona State of the NSIC is ranked first in the initial poll, while Minnesota State is number two. Southern is third, followed by Northwest Missouri, Central Missouri, Fort Hays, Arkansas Tech, Bemidji State, Southwest Minnesota State and St. Cloud State.

The complete regional poll is listed below.

Division II Record In-Region Record
1 Winona State 18-4 18-4
2 Minnesota State-Mankato 19-4 18-3
3 Missouri Southern State 14-5 12-5
4 Northwest Missouri State 15-6 15-5
5 Central Missouri 17-4 17-3
6 Fort Hays State 18-4 18-4
7 Arkansas Tech 15-6 15-6
8 Bemidji State 15-6 15-6
9 Southwest Minnesota State 15-9 15-9
10 St. Cloud State 14-7 14-7