Saturday's title match-up will feature the titans of Division II basketball. Fairmont State and Northwest Missouri have been ranked one and two throughout the year, and each programs has 34 wins, which together is most by two schools to ever appear in the title game.
"We've go to try to knock them off, and that's our objective come tomorrow night. But as far as the one-two, yeah - I hope it will be fun, I hope we can make it game and compete a little bit," Northwest Missouri State Head Coach Ben McCollum said.
"I think it's great to have to the top two in the national championship at the level. I expect a great environment - with Northwest being just four hours away, they are going to have the home court no doubt - but you wouldn't want it any other way. We have been one and two in the country all year," Fairmont State Men's Basketball Coach Jerrod Calhoun said.
And the key match-up for the championship game? Fairmont State looking slow down the national player of the year in the Bearcats' Justin Pitts.
"You've go to mix things up with him. You've got to try to keep him off balance someway, because he is a load. He is as good point guard at this level. You don't get a player like very often," Calhoun said.
On Saturday, one school will be crowned Division II Kings of the court. Either Northwest Missouri or Fairmount State will join Augustana, as they see they their program hang from the rafters as Division II men's basketball national champions.
"There is nothing more we want to do than cut down those nets and win a national championship for the city of Fairmont, because that what we said we were going to do, and now it's a reality. We have got a chance - we are 40 minutes away from making that happen," Calhoun said.
"Those we were supposed to win - so you become scared to loose. These are - let's go see what happens. Your season ends tomorrow anyway, so you might as well go out and have some fun," McCollum said.