The 2020 Region VI Tournament is set to tip-off on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the higher seeds home gymnasiums. The winner gets an automatic bid to their respective NJCAA National Tournaments.


The 2020 Region VI Tournament will take place at United Wireless Arena in Dodge City, Kansas. In prior years, the tournament was hosted by Hartman Arena in Wichita, Kansas but due to scheduling conflict with KSHSAA State Wrestling, it will not return for at least the next three years.


On the women’s side, Butler (22-8) is the tournament’s top seed. Despite being the third best record in the conference, they won the East Division and the league takes turns swapping who will be the tournament’s top seed. Last season, Butler was second and earned a bye en route to their Region VI Championship.


Hutchinson (27-3) will be the No. 2 seed and has the other bye at the bottom half of the bracket. The Blue Dragons are ranked 12th nationally and are the tournament favorites.


Seward County (23-6) is ranked 18th and were only a game behind Hutch. They lost 78-62 on Saturday, sending the Lady Saints to the fourth seed. It could set up a potential Championship rematch with Butler in the semifinals. The Grizzlies beat the Lady Saints 62-54.


Women’s First round; Wednesday, Feb. 26


Game 1 No. 9 Neosho County (17-13) at No. 8 Pratt (17-13), 6 p.m.


Game 2 No. 12 Colby (18-12) at No. 5 Independence (17-10), 6 p.m.


Game 3 No. 13 Allen (8-21) at No. 4 Seward County (23-6), 6 p.m.


Game 4 No. 14 Garden City (11-19) at No. 3 Coffeyville (24-6), 5:30 p.m.


Game 5 No. 11 Cloud County (9-21) at No. 6 Barton (15-15), 5:30 p.m.


Game 6 No. 10 Dodge City (15-15) at No. 7 Cowley (19-11), 7 p.m.


Quarterfinals; Sunday, March 1


Game 7 Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Butler (22-8), 1 p.m.


Game 8 Game 6 winner vs. No. 2 Hutchinson (27-3), 3 p.m.


Game 9 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.


Game 10 Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 7 p.m.


Semifinals; Monday, March 2


Game 11 Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 1 p.m.


Game 12 Game 7 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 3 p.m.


Region VI Championship; Tuesday, March 3


Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 5 p.m.


The men’s bracket is led by Cowley. They are a high scoring, high paced team that pressures teams into a lot of turnovers and only have been held under 90 points twice this season.


The Tigers (25-5) have lost two in a row but are still the tournament’s top seed.


The Colby Trojans (26-4) earned the bottom bye and with their 18th ranking nationally, they have to be taken seriously. They have won 11 straight and haven’t lost since Jan. 20. Their last nine wins have been by double digits.


Butler (22-7) are having their best season since 2014-15, when Butler won 29 games and went to the NJCAA National Tournament.


Before Saturday’s loss, the Grizzlies were one of the hottest Jayhawk team, winning six straight and almost made the 17-point comeback on Saturday but ultimately fell short.


They’ll play Garden City (9-21) on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the opening round of the tournament. The first round has the higher seed hosting the opening round, with the winners advancing to Dodge City for the quarterfinals and beyond.


Men’s First round, Wednesday, Feb. 26


Game 1 No. 9 Allen (16-14) at No. 8 Hutchinson (22-8), 7 p.m.


Game 2 No. 12 Dodge City (11-19) at No. 5 Coffeyville (22-8), 7:30 p.m.


Game 3 No. 13 Cloud County (10-20) at No. 4 Barton (22-8), 7:30 p.m.


Game 4 No. 14 Garden City (9-21) at No. 3 Butler (22-7), 7 p.m.


Game 5 No. 11 Neosho County (11-19) at No. 6 Pratt (19-11), 8 p.m.


Game 6 No. 10 Seward County (17-13) at No. 7 Independence (22-8), 8 p.m.


Quarterfinals; Sunday, March 1


Game 7 Game 1 winner vs. No. 1 Cowley (25-5), 1 p.m.


Game 8 Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 3 p.m.


Game 9 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.


Game 10 Game 6 winner vs. Colby (26-4), 7 p.m.


Semifinals, Monday, March 2


Game 11 Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 5 p.m.


Game 12 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m.


Region VI Championship Game; Tuesday, March 3


Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 7 p.m.