Fall 2022 Preview: NSIC (MN DII)
Welcome back to NSIC in MN, where we cover the amazing division 2 talent at the Northern Sun Conference schools of Minnesota. Expect a biweekly roundup with featured players and teams making moves, along with interviews with players and coaches! Thanks to the NSIC Conference and member Teams who provide great photos, stats and streaming so we can create our coverage!
Author: Mark Privratsky
Let's take you back to December of 2021. The D2 National Tournament has just wrapped and the NSIC had three tournament wins to hang their hats on. Bemidji State made their furthest run in history into the Round of 16, while perennial Tourney goers Mankato State had won a first round game before bowing out in the round of 32. The top end strength of the NSIC has historically come from those two Minnesota schools, but this is one of the most competitive conferences in D2, so anything can happen on a given day. 2022 will look similar as the two Minnesota powers return plenty of talent, and look to hold off Augustana, Minot, Concordia-St Paul and St Cloud and others.
The NSIC Coaches Preaseason poll gives Mankato the edge even with BSU's Tourney run. The National Rankings put BSU ahead at 9 and Mankato at 19. What we have is two teams who definitely believe they will win the NSIC. Concordia (4th) and St Cloud (7th) are the next tier of the MN teams, with strong seasons to build on from last year. The lower end of the NSIC has a lot of parity, so Winona (9th), UMD(11th) and Southwest MN State(13th) will look to scrap above that. MSU Moorhead (15th) and Crookston (16th) have a tough go competing with better funded programs at the top of the league but they're still capable of a sneak result.
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