Tigers Receive No. 9 Seed in MIAA Tournament; Face Washburn in Topeka Monday

Fort Hays State men’s basketball finished alone in ninth place in the MIAA standings at 9-10 and received the No. 9 seed in the MIAA Tournament, which began Monday evening. The Tigers will face No. 8 seed Washburn in Topeka, which finished one game ahead of the Tigers in the MIAA standings. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Lee Arena.After dropping their final three games of the season on the road, the Tigers slipped to ninth place in the MIAA standings. The Tigers now look to snap their three-game road skid on Monday.

FHSU and Washburn split the regular season series, FHSU with a win in Hays and WU with a win in Topeka. The Ichabods won the meeting in Topeka by a score of 69-58 on January 31st. FHSU will enter the game at 16-12 overall, while Washburn enters at 15-15 overall.

The winner of this game will move on to the quarterfinals on at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo., to take on the No. 1 seed Northwest Missouri State on Thursday, March 5 at 12 pm. Northwest Missouri State claimed the MIAA regular season crownon Saturday with a win against Central Missouri.

Central Missouri is the No. 2 seed, while Missouri Southern (No. 3) and Lindenwood (No. 4) grabbed the other two byes to the quarterfinals in Kansas City, coming out of a five-way tie for third place in the standings. Pittsburg State, Nebraska-Kearney, and Central Oklahoma, which also finished in the tie for third, host first-round home games as the No. 5, 6 and 7 seeds respectively.

Below is the MIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament schedule.

Monday, March 2, 2015 (Campus Sites)
Game 1: #9 Fort Hays State at #8 Washburn 7 p.m.
Game 2: #12 Northeastern State at #5 Pittsburg State 7 p.m.
Game 3: #10 Missouri Western at #7 Central Oklahoma 7 p.m.
Game 4: #11 Southwest Baptist at #6 Nebraska-Kearney 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 (Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Mo.)
Game 5: #1 Northwest Missouri vs. Winner Game 1 12:00 p.m.
Game 6: #4 Lindenwood vs. Winner Game 2 2:15 p.m.
Game 7: #2 Central Missouri vs. Winner Game 3 6:00 p.m.
Game 8: #3 Missouri Southern vs. Winner Game 4 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 (Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Mo.)
Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 12:00 p.m.
Game 10: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 2:15 p.m.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 (Municipal Auditorium Kansas City, Mo.)
Game 11: Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 1:00 p.m.

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