As of today, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team is in the field to reach its fifth consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament and sixth overall.
The NCAA announced its initial Division II Midwest Region rankings on Wednesday afternoon, and the Rangers came in at sixth. The top eight teams in each of the eight regions will comprise the 64-team field, which will be announced on March 5 at 9:30 p.m.
A variety of factors are used to create the rankings. Parkside is 15-5 against both Division II and Midwest Region opponents. Bellarmine is ranked first, followed by Southern Indiana, Ferris State, Kentucky Wesleyan and Findlay. Quincy and Truman State occupy the seventh and eighth spots behind the Rangers.
Wayne State and Lake Superior State, meanwhile, are on the outside looking is as of now at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
The Rangers (19-5 overall, 11-4 Great Lakes Valley Conference) will have plenty of chances to improve or hurt their regional ranking, which will be released weekly. Parkside has a two-game road trip at Saint Joseph’s (9-16, 3-12) in Rensselaer, Ind., at 7:30 tonight and at Indianapolis (14-9, 11-4) at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
The Rangers close the regular season at home against Lewis (16-9, 11-4) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will then play in the GLVC Tournament on Feb. 26 at campus sites — if necessary — and March 2-5 in Evansville, Ind.
If the top of the regional rankings hold until March 5 and Bellarmine is the No. 1 seed, the NCAA Midwest Regional will be in Louisville, Ky. Parkside hosted it for the first time ever as the No. 1 seed last season, but that’s highly unlikely to occur again this year.
With three regular-season games left, the Parkside women’s basketball team is in a battle to earn a berth in the 12-team GLVC Tournament, and tonight will be an important game.
The Rangers (8-15 overall) will face Saint Joseph’s (10-15) preceding the men’s game at 5:15 p.m. Both are 6-9 in the GLVC and currently hold down the final two spots in the conference tournament.
Missouri S&T is one game back at 5-10 in league play.
Seniors Jake Dubnicka and Lindsay Rogers, along with the Parkside men’s and women’s cross country teams, earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, it was announced on Wednesday.
Dubnicka posted a grade-point average over 3.25 and placed 45th at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in being selected as one of 269 male student-athletes from 118 schools to earn the individual honor.
Rogers, meanwhile, had a GPA above 3.25 and finished 30th in the NCAA Midwest Region Championship and was one of 404 women from 137 schools to be honored.
The Parkside men’s team was one of 115 squads in NCAA Division II to garner the team distinction, while the women were one of 156 teams to do so.
To be eligible for All-Academic awards, teams had to compile a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have scored at a Division II regional meet.