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Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
School Name: Southeast Missouri State University
Location: Cape Girardeau, MO
Arena: Show Me Center
Capacity: 7,000
Conference: Ohio Valley
Head coach: Brad Korn

Southeast Missouri State University is a public, accredited university located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Southeast has been a member of NCAA Division I (Division I-AA for football) since moving up from Division II in 1991. As a result of the promotion in classifications, Southeast Missouri State left the Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and joined the Division I Ohio Valley Conference.

Until January of 2005, the athletic team nicknames were the "Indians" (men's teams) and "Otahkians" (women's teams). After a movement by Student Government, the Booster Club and the National Alumni Council, those names were officially retired in a ceremony on October 22, 2004 and replaced with "Redhawks." The current mascot is a stylized hawk known as Rowdy Redhawk. The University's original mascot was known as Chief Sagamore and was represented by a student dressed in Native American regalia. Chief Sagamore was retired as mascot in the mid 1980s due to a growing cultural sensitivity to Native American mascots though the team names lasted for nearly twenty more years. The school's athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Though having struggled in the two major college sports (football and mens' basketball) since moving up, they have had a few successes over the 15 year run in Division I. The mens' basketball team won a share of the regular season OVC title in 2000, and won the conference's tournament as well that year to earn an automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament. In the team's only appearance in "The Big Dance" to date, the Indians were seeded #13 in the West Region and set to face off against Louisiana State University in the opening round of the tournament. In an exciting game, 4th Seeded LSU narrowly escaped the upset as they held off the Indians 64-61.

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