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The Division II Playoff Bracket has been released

The Division II playoff bracket was released this evening, where a few things are worth pointing out following our Division II snapshot a few days back.

The four teams that earned a first-round bye were Notre Dame (OH), Ouachita Baptist, Valdosta State, and MSU-Mankato.

In what was a battle for not only a conference title, but also the top seed in their region, Valdosta State beat West Georgia in a shootout 47-31. Valdosta State was rewarded with the 1 seed, while West Georgia settled for #2 in a region where the two very well may meet again in a few weeks for a rematch.

Ferris State finished the season ranked #2 nationally, but the selection committee noted some concerns after Ferris State self-reported an issue in handling a complex transfer situation where the school declared the kid eligible as a result of a misinterpreted rule. Therefore, Oauchita Baptist - who the Bulldogs beat seasons 24-19 in the first round - was awarded the top seed in the Super Region.

Last year, Texas A&M Commerce beat West Florida 37-27 in a match up between a five-seed and a six-seed, which should serve as some extra motivation as far as parity goes this time around.

Below is the playoff bracket split into an upper half, and lower half. Head here to see the full readable version.