Tarleton State (24-5) is headed to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons.
The No. 15-ranked Texans, who made their second straight Lone Star Conference Championship final appearance before having their 11-game win streak snapped by No. 7 Central Oklahoma Sunday, are one of eight teams headed to Edmond, Okla. for the South Central Region tournament.
LSC champ Central Oklahoma is the top seed and host of the event, followed in the seedings by Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association runner-up Missouri Southern State. Behind Tarleton are MIAA tournament champ Fort Hays State at No. 4, No. 5 West Texas A&M, No. 6 Midwestern State, No. 7 Washburn and Heartland Conference champ Texas A&M-International at No. 8.
Quarterfinal games are Saturday, semifinals Sunday and the championship Tuesday at Hamilton Field House, with the champ advancing to the Elite Eight.
Tarleton faces rival Midwestern State in one of four quarterfinal games Saturday. The Texans have defeated the Mustangs three times this season including a 74-50 triumph in the semifinals of the LSC Championship.
MSU defeated the Texans four times last season, winning in both the conference championship game and the regional semifinals on its way to the Elite Eight. Saturday’s winner faces either Missouri Southern or Washburn in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The other half of the bracket has UCO and TAMU-International meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by Fort Hays and WTAMU at 8:30 p.m. The winners meet at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Tuesday’s championship game tips off at 7 p.m.