MADISON, S.D. - The 2012 State Farm Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Men's Basketball Tournament pairings and game times were announced Sunday afternoon. The tournament will be held at DSU Memorial Fieldhouse, starting on Friday, Feb. 24 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 26.
The tournament kicks off with a first-round game on Friday night at 6 p.m. between former Dakota Athletic Conference foes. Dakota State, No. 5 seed, with an overall record of 7-21 they will face No. 4 Valley City State (17-13 record).
The winner of Friday's game will move on to the semifinals on Saturday versus the tournament's top seed Jamestown (26-3 record). The semifinals will take place at 5 p.m.
Indiana Northwest receives the tournament's No. 2 seed with a record of 19-11 and will face No. 3 Cal State San Marcos (16-14) in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The semifinal winners will move on to the championship game on Sunday at 4 p.m. Each semifinal winner will receive an automatic berth to the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa on March 7-13.
The championship game on Sunday will carry a tape-delayed broadcast on Midco Sports Network.
2012 State Farm Association of Independent Institutions Women's Basketball Post-Season Tournament (Times in Central Standard Times - CST)
A.I.I. Women's Basketball First Round - Friday, Feb. 24
Game 1: No. 5 seed Dakota State (7-21 overall record) vs. No. 4 seed Valley City State (17-13) - 6 p.m.
A.I.I. Women's Basketball Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 25
Game 2: No. 3 seed Cal State San Marcos (16-14) vs. No. 2 seed Indiana Northwest (19-11) - 1 p.m.
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 seed Jamestown (26-3) - 3 p.m.
A.I.I. Women's Basketball Championship - Sunday, Feb. 26
Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner - 4 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director