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One win away for K.C. -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

Kansas State No. 9 in first football playoff rankings -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

Hays High soccer sees season end -10/29/2014, 10:10 AM

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KC's Yost still confident -10/28/2014, 10:21 AM

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CFB notes: TCU and WVU ready to take center stage -10/28/2014, 10:21 AM

Royals down, not out -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Earnhardt wins at Martinsville -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Romo showing smarts, backbone as Redskins visit -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Chiefs defense hammers Rams -10/27/2014, 10:57 AM

Tiger men draw, women win Sunday -10/27/2014, 10:48 AM

Hays High rallies for district win -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

Tigers fall to No. 10 Bearcats -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

XC roundup -- Hays High boys, girls qualify -10/26/2014, 10:57 AM

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K-State shuts out Texas -10/26/2014, 8:35 PM

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HHS, TMP begin regional play -10/26/2014, 8:26 PM

Phillipsburg remains unbeaten in district play -10/26/2014, 8:26 PM

Hays High volleyball sees season end -10/26/2014, 8:26 PM

Russell nabs second win, beats Monarchs -10/26/2014, 1:00 AM

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Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Tiger men look to finish strong

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Tiger men look to finish strong

Published on -2/14/2014, 10:13 AM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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NCAA Division II has 19 teams with three or fewer losses, according to masseyratings.com. None are in the Central Region, which consists of the MIAA, Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Great American Conference.

The GAC is a weaker league and will likely earn just one NCAA tournament berth through an automatic bid.

The MIAA and Northern Sun should collect the other seven regional spots. The MIAA has its usual top-to-bottom strength, while the NSIC has a strong upper half. Northwest Missouri State University leads the MIAA at 13-2, but lost four times in non-conference play.

NWSU and Fort Hays State University (19-4, 10-4 MIAA) are two of seven MIAA/NSIC teams with four or five losses. Barring massive changes, one of those could earn the regional host bid.

With five regular season games and four at home, Tiger coach Mark Johnson believes FHSU still has a small chance to host.

"We would have to probably go 5-0, and then win the conference tournament," Johnson said Thursday afternoon. "But if we did that, I think that could be a possibility."

FHSU's immediate goal is securing a top-four seed in the MIAA standings and a first-round bye to the conference tournament. Northwest Missouri is first, followed by University of Central Missouri (12-3), FHSU and Missouri Southern State University (10-4).

The Tigers are 0-3 against those squads. University of Central Oklahoma is fifth at 9-6 -- Fort Hays defeated UCO and will face both UCO and Washburn (8-7) again before the regular season closes.

"Central Oklahoma is a dangerous team," Johnson said. "That's going to be a big game for us. If we can put ourselves in a position where we have got a bye to Kansas City - 4-1 is probably what we are going to have to do worst case. If we take care of that, those other things might be there for us."

On Saturday, the Tigers, after a week off, play host to Pittsburg State University (7-14, 3-11 MIAA) in a 4 p.m. start at Gross Memorial Coliseum.

"We can't get comfortable knowing that it's our home," senior forward Dwayne Brunson said. "Thinking that teams are just going to roll over and give us the win. We have got to be more hungry, and we got to come out ready to play when we are at home knowing our fans don't want to come out and see us lose."

A win gives FHSU a 20-4 record and Johnson his eighth 20-win season in 13 years, breaking the school record. Pittsburg State has had trouble winning close games. Johnson said the Gorillas could easily be 8-6. On the other hand, if FHSU didn't have any breaks, Johnson believed FHSU could be 5-9.

On Jan. 25, FHSU won at PSU, 78-75. Fort Hays has won five straight against the Gorillas in Hays. Devon Branch leads the Gorillas with 20.7 points per contest.

"Every game, we take it very seriously, because the game could go either way," Brunson said. "If we don't come out and play, we know we could lose."

Senior guard Carson Konrade, hobbled by an ankle injury suffered in practice, has improved. Junior reserve forward Jared Tadlock will miss Saturday's contest to attend his grandmother's funeral.

Tadlock provided another 3-point option versus a zone-heavy Gorilla defense.

FHSU is 8-3 in road contests, the most road wins among MIAA teams.

"It doesn't matter if it's home or away," Johnson said. "I think our focus has been pretty good most games. I think Kearney (a road loss Feb. 5) has been the one game this year where we weren't into it like we needed to be."

The Tigers have an average road score of 82.3-75.2. In home contests, FHSU has an average score of 88.6-75.5.

In the 14-team MIAA, Fort Hays has the fifth-smallest difference in scoring offense between home/road. It's the league's smallest home/road difference in scoring defense. In Johnson's eyes, FHSU had trouble closing home contests.

"It's a testament to our guys," Johnson said. "It's not easy to go on the road and play games. I don't think they have let that bother them. At the same time, I wish we were playing a little better at home than we have. We need to do better the last four home games than maybe we have done previously."

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