Minnesota State gets playoff bye in D2 playoffs; St. John's returns to field in D3

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MANKATO, Minnesota — Minnesota State has a first-round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Mavericks will await the winner of the Pittsburg State-Harding game. The NSIC champions are the second seed in Super Region 3 and will host the second-round game Nov. 29.

On the other side of the bracket, fourth seed Minnesota Duluth will play Northwest Missouri State in the first round Saturday.

St. John's is back in the Division III tournament for the first time since 2009. The MIAC champions host UMAC champion St. Scholastica and MIAC runner-up St. Thomas plays at Wartburg in first-round games Saturday.

St. Thomas finished in a three-way tie for second place with Bethel and Concordia. Bethel beat St. Thomas earlier but lost 62-61 to Augsburg in double overtime over the weekend.

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