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Central Missouri Begins Defense Of Its Basketball National Championship

Post-season men’s college basketball gets underway Thursday at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City.

The MIAA tournament for Division II teams was the start of a national championship run a year ago.

Central Missouri’s march to the national championship last year was the fourth in the school’s history and the first under Coach Kim Anderson before he moved on to take over the Missouri Tigers.

After winning the championship, Anderson said other parts of the country probably don’t know how good the quality of Division II basketball is in this region.

“It’s a tough level rank teams,” said Anderson last year. “It’s a tough level to rank players because people from all over the country don’t see everybody. It’s not like Division I where you’re on national TV.”

In the MIAA tournament, Central Missouri is the second seed. The top seed is Northwest Missouri.

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