The 15th ranked Lady Statesmen earned a berth as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Division II Women’s South Regional, while the 25th ranked Statesmen earned a berth as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball South Regional.
The women’s tournament will begin on Friday while the men’s region tournament will start on Saturday. The Lady Statesmen (24-5) will play fifth seeded Albany
State (20-6) at 6:30 p.m. CST in Nova Southeastern University at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while the Statesmen will play sixth seeded Barry(19-8) on Saturday at 11 a.m. CST in Lakeland, Fla.
The Lady Statesmen will be entering the regional coming off a 67-59 heartbreaking loss to West Florida in the GSC Women’s Title game in Birmingham, Ala., while the Statesmen will head into the region tournament looking to rebound from a tough 67-64 loss to Christian Brothers in the semifinals of the men’s conference tournament at Birmingham.
The Lady Statesmen have a long, storied history in in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Playoffs as they will be making their ninth straight postseason trip to the Division II Playoffs and their 26th appearance overall. For Lady Statesmen head coach David Midlick, this will be his second time to coach in the NCAA Playoffs with the school. Midlick is currently 45-15 in his two years at DSU. His 45 wins are the most by a Lady Statesmen coach in his or her first two years.
The Statesmen will be making their 14th trip to the men’s Division II Playoffs but their first since 2009. For Statesmen head coach Jim Boone, this will be his first trip to the NCAA Playoffs with DSU. In his two years at DSU, the Statesmen are 35-22.
If the Lady Statesmen win the women’s regional, they will play in the NCAA Elite Eight Women’s Tournament in Erie, Pa. starting Mar. 25.
If the Statesmen win the men’s regional, they will play in the NCAA Elite Men’s Tournament at Evansville, Ind. Starting Mar. 26.