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Wayne Cavadi | NCAA.com | March 17, 2019

DII men's basketball undefeated tracker: What's left in Northwest Missouri State's quest for the perfect season

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The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats are the last undefeated team standing in DII men's basketball. The Bearcats swept through the regular season with a perfect 29-0 record and are now looking to become the first undefeated team in 10 years since Findlay ran the table, going 36-0 on the way to the 2009 national championship. 

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Let's take a quick look at how Northwest Missouri State got here and what's left on the slate.

No. 1 Northwest Missouri State (32-0)

The Bearcats built an impressive resume right out of the gates, beating the defending runner-up and defending champ on consecutive nights to open the season. Their quest for an undefeated season stays alive; now the question is simply whether or not they can carry this streak through the NCAA DII men's basketball championship this March. 

Northwest Missouri State handled a very good Washburn in the regular season finale, 72-49. It kept that momentum rolling, sweeping through the MIAA tournament. The Bearcats entered the season with just two returning starters and ended the regular season with four DII basketball stars in Joey Witthus, Trevor Hudgins, Ryan Hawkins, and Diego Bernard. They now chase Findlay's historic 2009 season to become the fifth DII basketball team in history to run a perfect schedule.

THE MIAA TOURNAMENT:

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  • Thursday, Mar. 7: Northwest Missouri State 82, Emporia State 79
  • Saturday, Mar. 9: Northwest Missouri State 86, Lincoln (Mo) 69
  • Sunday, Mar. 10: MIAA Championship: Northwest Missouri State 82, Washburn 53

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The DII men's basketball championship:

The Bearcats enter the NCAA DII tournament as the top seed in the Central Region. They avenged their loss to the same No. 8-seeded Minnesota State team that upset them last year. There are just four games remaining that stand between Northwest Missouri State and the perfect season.

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Round Date Opponent
1 Mar. 16 NWMSU 91, Minnesota State 62
2 Mar. 17 NWMSU 70, Southern Nazarene 59
Regional Championship Mar. 19 TBD
Elite Eight Mar. 27 TBD
Semifinals Mar 28 TBD
Championship Mar. 30 TBD 
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