Northern is sending both its men’s and women’s basketball teams to the Aii Conference Tournaments in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this year. Hosted by Mount Mercy University and held at the U.S. Cellular Center, tournament games run from February 26 to 28.
The #6 seed women’s team will be facing off against #23 Haskell Indian University in their first game of the tournament, February 26 at 8:30 a.m. (CST), a matchup that has proven challenging to both teams this season with Haskell coming out on top (69-57) early in the season and the Eagles claiming a late-season victory at home (83-75). The strong finish to the season, including giving NCAA Division II team Western New Mexico University a scare, places the women in a promising position going into the tournament.
Also #6 seed, the men’s team will face York College in the first round of the Aii Tournament on February 26 at 1:45 p.m. (CST).
“We know we are going up a very talented and very well coached York team,” said Head Coach Ryan Cordova. “We are working hard this next week and a half to prepare for York both physically and mentally.”
This is the fourth consecutive year that the men’s team made the Aii Conference Tournament, two of which led them to the Aii Championship match. Based on these performances, Eagles fans anticipate some great Aii Conference Tournament games and possibly even a bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
This year the Aii is a three-bid league, which means the first, second and third place teams get an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournament which is held in Branson, Missouri.
The teams begin the 1,063 mile trek to Cedar Rapids on February 23.
All games of the A.I.I. Basketball Championships will be broadcast live on the Mount Mercy University Stretch Internet Game Central portal. Fans may choose a single game purchase of $8.95, a men's or women's tournament pass for $19.95 or an all-tournament pass (all men's and women's games) for $29.95. Live stats will also be available for every game free of charge. Click here to access live video.
The women's team came out on top 83-75 in a late-season match against Haskell. They will be facing Haskell again in their first Aii Tournament game on February 26.