Minnesota Duluth is ranked No. 6 in the NCAA Division II Central Region rankings released Wednesday.

The Bulldogs (19-7) are ranked just below NSIC rival Northern State (20-6). Northwest Missouri State (21-1) is No. 1, followed by Southeastern Oklahoma State (17-6), Missouri Southern State (16-5), Southern Nazarene (18-7), Northern State and the Bulldogs. Another NSIC team, Sioux Falls (19-6) is ranked No. 9.

UMD plays at Minnesota Crookston at 7:30 p.m. Friday and wraps the regular season at Bemidji State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The NSIC tournament begins Feb. 26 and the Division II tournament begins March 14.