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Northwest Missouri men, Fort Hays women top seeds entering MIAA tournament in KC

Ben McCollum, men’s basketball coach at Northwest Missouri, gave the crowd a thumbs up while holding the trophy after the Bearcats beat Central Missouri for the MIAA Tournament championship in 2017 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
Ben McCollum, men’s basketball coach at Northwest Missouri, gave the crowd a thumbs up while holding the trophy after the Bearcats beat Central Missouri for the MIAA Tournament championship in 2017 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. The Kansas City Star

The MIAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments open at Municipal Auditorium this week with local teams ranked at or near the top in both polls.

The Northwest Missouri State men are ranked first at 27-0. Also in the top 25: No. 25 Missouri Southern.

The Fort Hays State women are ranked third at 25-1. Also ranked: Central Missouri at No. 23.

Both top-seeded teams will open play in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The event tips off with first-round games on Wednesday. Visit www.themiaa.com for more information.

MEN

Wednesday

No. 8 Emporia State vs. No. 9 Northeastern State, noon

No. 7 Lindenwood vs. No. 10 Southwest Baptist, 2:15 p.m.

Thursday

No. 1 Northwest Missouri State vs 8-9 winner, noon

No. 2 Washburn vs. 7-10 winner, 2:15 p.m.

Friday

No. 4 Fort Hays State vs. No. 5 Lincoln, noon

No. 3 Missouri Southern vs. No. 6 Pittsburgh State, 2:15 p.m

Saturday

Semifinals, noon, 2:15 p.m.

Sunday

Championship, 1 p.m.

WOMEN

Wednesday

No. 8 Nebraska Kearney vs. No. 9 Missouri Western, 6 p.m.

No. 7 Central Oklahoma vs. Missouri Southern, 8:15 p.m.

Thursday

No. 1 Fort Hays State vs. 8-9 winner, 6 p.m.

No. 2 Central Missouri vs. 7-10 winner, 8:15 p.m.

Friday

No. 4 Washburn vs. No. 5 Emporia State, 6 p.m.

No. 3 Lindenwood vs. No. 6 Pittsburg State, 8:15 p.m.

Saturday

Semifinals, 6 p.m., 8:15 p.m.

Sunday

Championship, 3:15 p.m.

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