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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers host Wayne Wednesday

BEMIDJI -- Last week when the first NCAA regional poll was released, BSU knew its ranking of eighth in the central region was no guarantee in regards to making the NCAA tournament in March.

The Beavers did not help their cause last weekend as they dropped a pair of contests at Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State.

“I try to keep it in perspective,” BSU head coach Mike Boschee said of last weekend. “We just did not play well either night. We weren’t able to match St. Cloud’s energy on Saturday and we just weren’t making shots on Friday.”

The 16-point loss to UMD and the 32-point loss to SCSU were the two biggest losses of the season for BSU and forced a three-way tie atop the NSIC North with MSU Moorhead and SCSU.

“It was embarrassing,” Rosenbloom said. “We just did not show up to play. I am embarrassed for myself and my team on how we represented the city and the university. It really hits home when something like that happens.”

The Beavers will have to put last weekend’s losses behind them quickly as the NSIC tournament begins Wednesday against Wayne State.

“Everybody is 0-0 and has an opportunity to keep playing,” Boschee said. “The saying ‘survive and advance’ is cliche, but it is true. You have to play well, or you are going home.”

“We may have gotten a little bit ahead of ourselves,” Rosenbloom added. “We got complacent and we cannot let that happen again. We backed ourselves against a wall so now it is crucial that we think of every game as a one-game season.”

The Beavers will host the Wildcats Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“They do a lot of things well,” Boschee said of Wayne State. “They play within their system and if they are hitting shots, they can be really tough to defend.”

The Wildcats earned the No.7 seed in the South division, to match up with the Beavers who took the No.2 spot in the North division, sacrificing the top-see to MSU Moorhead in a tie-breaker.

While the losses last weekend  will hurt BSU’s resume come time of selection Sunday, Boschee does not see much difference between the No.1 and 2 spots.

“There is not really much of a difference,” Boschee said. “Either way, you have to win to keep playing.”

BSU won the only meeting between the two teams 69-46 on January 11 in Wayne Neb.

“They are a tough bunch of guys,” Rosenbloom said of Wayne State. “They make things difficult by using the entire shot clock and making you defend for 30 seconds every time down the floor.”

The Wildcats are a familiar postseason opponent for the Beavers, as this will be the third consecutive season where the two teams have faced off in the first round of the postseason. The Beavers will look to make it three-for-three after ending the Wildcats season in the last two years.

Ticket prices will be: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $2 for students (free admission to the first 400 BSU students,) and free for kids ages five and under.

If BSU prevails with a win Wednesday, it will play a quarterfinal game in Sioux Falls, S.D. at 8:30 p.m. Sunday against the winner of University of Mary and Southwest Minnesota State.

“It is an open field, so any of the 16 teams can win it all,” Rosenbloom said. “Hopefully we can be that team.”