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Minnesota State, Minnesota Duluth, St. John's in action this week in small-college playoffs


MANKATO, Minnesota — Minnesota State kicks off its NCAA championship pursuit this weekend.

The undefeated Mavericks host Pittsburg State from Kansas in a second-round Division II game on Saturday. They had a bye to start the playoffs last week.

On the other side of the bracket is NSIC rival Minnesota Duluth. The unbeaten Bulldogs play at Ouachita Baptist in Arkansas on Saturday after beating defending national champion Northwest Missouri State last week.

Then in Division III, MIAC champion St. John's plays at Wartburg in Iowa on Saturday. The Johnnies beat St. Scholastica last week to advance. Minnesota teams that lost in the first round were St. Thomas and Macalester.

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