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 As announced by the NCAA this morning, Northern State University has been selected as the 2021 host site for the NCAA Central Region Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Barnett Center and Wachs Arena will host the 6-team tournament scheduled for March 13-16.


“We are very excited to be selected to host the NCAA Central Region Men’s Basketball Tournament and deliver a first class, championship level experience for all student-athletes, coaches and fans from around the region,” noted NSU Director of Athletics, Josh Moon. “There is no better basketball community than the City of Aberdeen, Northern State University, and the Barnett Center/Wachs Arena; we are excited to showcase it with this tremendous opportunity.


Regional quarterfinal games will begin Saturday, March 13, followed by the semifinals Sunday, March 14, and the regional championship Tuesday, March 16. Winners will advance to the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight in Evansville, Indiana, on March 24-27.


Due to the health and safety protocols surrounding the pandemic, it was necessary for the NCAA to select championship competition sites in advance of regional qualification. The committee believes the sites and hosts chosen will provide an exceptional and safe experience for all participants.


Full information including ticket options, regional schedule, participating teams, and COVID protocols can be found at Updates will be made to the page as more information is available.


Participating teams will be announced Sunday, March 7. The men’s basketball selection show will air at 10:30 p.m. (ET) on