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Augustana to face N'West Missouri State in Central Region Championship

03/08/2022, 12:00pm CST
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Augustana men’s basketball team will face Northwest Missouri State in the championship game of the Central Region on Tuesday night. The winner will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

Augustana earned the No. 1 seed in the Central Region and hosting rights for the 2022 NCAA Division II Central Region Championship. The tournament will take place March 12, 13 and 15 inside the Sanford Pentagon, home of Augustana Basketball.

The Vikings advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 15th time and the ninth time under 2022 NSIC Coach of the Year Tom Billeter. Augustana is 26-3 on the season and earned the NSIC Championship with its 17-2 conference record.

All seating will be general admission. Tickets for the regional will go on-sale Monday at 10 a.m. online at, at the Sanford Pentagon or by phone at 605-312-7917. Tickets prices are $15 for adults and $7 for students per session. An all-session pass for adults is $50 while a student all-session pass is $24. Children 2 and under are free.

In addition, the Pentagon Box Office will open one hour prior to each session.

NCAA Central Region

    1. Augustana

    2. Minnesota Duluth

    3. Northwest Missouri State

    4. Upper Iowa

    5. Central Oklahoma

    6. MSU Moorhead

    7. Washburn

    8. Southwestern Oklahoma State

Saturday, March 12 (Session I)

Northwest Missouri State 69, MSU Moorhead 54

Washburn 83, Minnesota Duluth 73

Saturday, March 12 (Session II)

Augustana 83, Southwestern Oklahoma State 64

Upper Iowa 91, Central Oklahoma 74

Sunday, March 13 (Session III)

Northwest Missouri State 70, Washburn 55

Augustana 65, Upper Iowa 60

Tuesday, March 15 (Session IV)

Regional Championship: Northwest Missouri State 70, Augustana 56

Facility facts
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament Augusta men's and women's basketball and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? Blue Rock Bar and Grill is open with a new space and new menu. The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.

Special features
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the venue. One of this year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams. That’s available for viewing on the second level.

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