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GAME DAY DOWNLOAD: Central Region Tournament

03/10/2016, 4:15pm CST
By Sanford Pentagon

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana University, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division II men’s basketball, is the No. 1 seed in the Central Region and will host the regional tournament Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday at the Sanford Pentagon.

Tournament site
The Augustana athletic communications office has all the information you’ll need to know on the Central Region Tournament--including game times, tournament statistics, game notes and ticket information--on its official tournament site. Visit GoAugie.com/d2mbbcentral.

Regionally speaking
NCAA Division II is divided into eight regions. The top-ranked team from each region is granted the right to host the region tournament. The winner of each region tournament advances to the NCAA Elite Eight in Frisco, Texas.

Back at it again
Augustana is hosting the regional for the second-consecutive season. Last season, the Vikings also hosted the region tournament at the Pentagon. MSU Moorhead, which is the No. 3 seed in this year’s tournament, is the defending Central Region champion.

Central Region
The Central Region is made up of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference the Mid-America Athletic Association and the Great American Conference. Besides host Augustana, the following programs were selected to play in the regional: Fort Hays State (MIAA), Harding (MIAA), Minnesota State (NSIC), MSU Moorhead (NSIC), Nebraska-Kearney (MIAA), Northwest Missouri State (MIAA) and Ouachita Baptist (MIAA).

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 D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament 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? The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands, and Beef O’Brady’s is a short walk across the street. 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.

Gear up
Get outfitted with stylish gear from the Pentagon Store, located on the lower level just inside the main entrance. Shirts, shorts, hoodies, you name it, the Pentagon Store is a great place to grab a memento from your visit to our facility.

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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