The month of February represents the time to realize glory fought over an entire season for D3 Men's Basketball, resulting in either conference championships, NCAA Tournament berths, or historic runs to end the season on a high note.
For our nominees for the Team of The Month for February, we have specifically focused on squads who made it into the NCAA Tournament behind fantastic runs, season-long success, or other forces beyond them that gave them a chance for a national title.
Your role is to vote on one of the five candidates below in the poll following the list of nominees. Voting will close on March 9 at 10 a.m. PST, and you can only vote in the poll below.
February Record: 9-1
Skyline Conference Championship
The Maccabees made history for their program in February, clinching their first conference title and NCAA Tournament berth all at the same time. Finishing the year with four straight wins, they earned a four-seed in the York Regional of the D3 tourney.
February Record: 6-1
Entering the month with a 16-4 mark, SVC ended on a high note with the conference title for the New England Collegiate Conference. This marked their first 20-win campaign since 2015-16, and a return to the NCAA Tournament once again for one of the more consistent programs of the last five years.
February Record: 5-2
Entering the second month of 2018, it looked as though the Bears were heading towards a potential miss of the NCAA Tournament. But with a big run through the MASCAC tourney, BSU was able to make the tourney for the first time since 2014, and eighth time overall.
February Record: 6-0
For the first time in the history of BLC basketball, the Vikings claimed a spot in the NCAA Tournament thanks to their UMAC crown. A 6-0 month guided the team into the tournament as the one seed, and they held off the last team to beat them – Northwestern – to win the title.
February Record: 5-3
The Vikings might be the definition of how getting hot at the right time can make a season, as they went on a four-game win streak right at the end of the year, culminating in a SAA Championship. Finishing 11-17 overall, the best was clearly saved for last with this squad, and they made February a month to remember.
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