Wisconsin-Parkside, etc.

It’s looking more and more like Wisconsin-Parkside is going to get the top seed in the GLVC men’s basketball tournament at the Ford Center. It beat visiting Bellarmine on Saturday, 74-72, its second win of last week. And Drury looks like the No. 2 seed; it also won both of its games. Parkside’s three remaining game are at home against Saint Joseph’s and on the road at a now reeling but probably still dangerous Indianapolis and at Lewis, another dangerous opponent. But the way the Rangers have been finding a way to win the close games, I don’t see them slipping up. Meanwhile, Drury’s final three contests appear to be easy wins:home against William Jewell (11-12, 7-8 GLVC), then on the road at Rockhurst (4-18, 3-12) and Missouri S&T (6-16, 2-13).

As for the No. 3 seed, that’s another story. That will come down to USI (11-4 GLVC), Bellarmine (10-5) — which hosts the Eagles on Thursday night — Maryville (10-5) and perhaps Lewis, Indianapolis and Kentucky Wesleyan (all 9-6).

The more interesting question may be who will get the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional. An early indication of that will come Wednesday when the season’s first regional rankings come out. There will be two more regional ranking releases after that. I’m not sure why the NCAA reduced the number of releases. I remember when they began shortly after the first of the year and continued to be released roughly every two weeks through the end of the season. Teams rose and fell, sometimes inexplicably — like moving up in the rankings after a loss or falling after a win. But it was real — as opposed to the weekly national coaches poll, which I recall sometimes ranked teams that didn’t make the regional rankings — and ultimately had a bearing on which teams received berths in the NCAA Tournament.

I’m still betting on having to make the long drive to Kenosha, Wis.

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