The top four men's basketball teams in the Northern and Southern Divisions of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference will open up post-season play tomorrow, Friday March 2 at the Coon Rapids campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College.
The first round of action on Friday will see all eight teams compete; the cross-bracket format will allow for the several teams to see some relatively new faces after playing a double-round-robin format for the past several weeks.
ARCC and Rainy River come into the tournament as Division champions with identical 12-2 league marks. However, as fans, families and followers saw last season, Cinderella stories can and do occur in the Regional format, as fourth-seed RCTC played their way to championship game last winter, running out of gas against the then-nationally ranked, Golden Rams. Minnesota West is another squad looking to catch some momentum in the post-season, but will have to overcome the top-seeded RRCC team in the first game of the day. The Blue Jays are making their first tournament appearance under first-year head coach, Aaron Poor-Bear.
The 2018 MCAC State / NJCAA Region XIII bracket is below; for complete up-to-date information at ARCC as the tournament unfolds, please go to: http://www.arccgoldenrams.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/schedule-all
For the most recent MCAC standings, stats leaders and more, visit: http://www.mcacsports.org/sports/mbkb/index
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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system. The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions. The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.