St. Olaf men's basketball coach Dan Kosmoski has the Oles in good position for another deep playoff run. Last year marked their first NCAA tournament appearance.

The MIAC playoffs begin this week. St. Olaf finished second in the conference standings and has a first-round bye. They will host a game on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. St. Thomas won its 10th straight regular-season title and is the top seed. Last year, St. Olaf upset the Tommies in the conference tournament to earn its first NCAA Division III National Tournament bid.

After graduating a large number of seniors off the 2013-14 team, the Oles have come back strong again this season and reached No. 15 in the national rankings, their highest spot ever. The Oles wrapped up their regular season at 21-4 (16-4 in the MIAC).

Kosmoski, a 1975 Owatonna High School graduate, is in his 21st season as the head coach after spending time as a Gopher assistant under Clem Haskins. Kosmoski chatted with Mike Max of Twin Cities TV, reflecting on the old times and the current times.


Quarterfinal: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Gustavus 64 No. 3 Saint John's 54
No. 4 Bethel 71, No. 5 Concordia 53

Semifinals: Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Gustavus at No. 1 St. Thomas
No. 4 Bethel at No. 2 St. Olaf , click here to watch LIVE

Championship: Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.
Lowest remaining seed at highest remaining seed | Location: TBA