NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament (officially styled by the NCAA as a "Championship" instead of a "Tournament") is an annual championship tournament for colleges and universities that are members of NCAA Division II, a grouping of schools in the United States (plus one school in Canada) that are generally smaller than the higher-profile institutions of Division I. The tournament, originally known as the NCAA College Division Basketball Championship, was established in 1957, immediately after the NCAA subdivided its member schools into the University Division (today's Division I) and College Division. It became the Division II championship in 1974, when the NCAA split the College Division into the limited-scholarship Division II and the non-scholarship Division III, and added the "Men's" designation in 1982 when the NCAA began sponsoring a Division II women's championship.

Like all other NCAA basketball divisions for men and women, the champion is decided in a single-elimination tournament. The Division II tournament has 64 teams. The Division II tournaments for men and women differ in a major respect from those in Divisions I and III. The finals of both Division II tournaments consist of eight teams, instead of the four in the other two divisions. The eight survivors of regional play meet in the Elite Eight at a predetermined site.

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
NCAA logo
SportBasketball
Founded1957
No. of teams64
CountryNCAA Division II (USA)
Most recent
champion(s)
Northwest Missouri State (2nd title)
Most titlesKentucky Wesleyan (8 titles)
TV partner(s)CBS (Finals)
CBS Sports Network (Semifinals)
Official websiteNCAA.com

Qualification

As of 2017, a total of 64 bids are available for each tournament: 24 automatic bids (awarded to the champions of the twenty-four Division II conferences) and 40 at-large bids.

The sixty-four bids are allocated evenly among the eight NCAA-designated regions (Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast, and West), each of which contains three of the twenty-four Division II conferences that sponsor men's basketball. Each region consists of three automatic qualifiers (the teams who won their respective conference tournaments) and five at-large bids (which are awarded regardless of conference affiliation).

Conference tournaments

The Heartland Conference will disband after the 2018–19 season, with seven of its nine members moving to the Lone Star Conference and the other two joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Region Conference Tournament Most Championships
Atlantic CIAA CIAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Mountain East Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Six teams (1)
PSAC PSAC Men's Basketball Tournament Cheyney (15)
Central Great American Great American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Arkansas Tech (2)
Ouachita Baptist (2)
MIAA MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament NW Missouri State (8)
NSIC Northern Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Winona State (5)
East CACC Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bloomfield (6)
East Coast East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament LIU Post (7)
Northeast-10 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Saint Anselm (8)
Midwest GLIAC GLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Grand Valley State (6)
GLVC Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bellarmine (5)
G-MAC Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Alderson Broaddus (2)
Kentucky Wesleyan (2)
South Gulf South Gulf South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Delta State (6)
SIAC SIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Albany State (7)
Sunshine State Sunshine State Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Florida Southern (24)
South Central Heartland Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament St. Mary's (TX) (6)
Lone Star Lone Star Conference Men's Basketball Tournament West Texas A&M (8)
RMAC RMAC Men's Basketball Shootout Metro State (11)
Southeast Carolinas Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament Barton (5)
Peach Belt Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Columbus State (8)
SAC South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Catawba (7)
West CCAA CCAA Men's Basketball Tournament UC San Diego (4)
GNAC Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Seattle Pacific (4)
Pacific West Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Dixie State (2)

Results

NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship
Year Finals Site Host Arena Championship Game Tournament MVP/MOP Ref
Winner Score Runner-up
1957 Evansville, IN Roberts Municipal Stadium Wheaton 89–65 Kentucky Wesleyan Mel Peterson
(Wheaton)
1958 South Dakota 75–53 St. Michael's Ed Smallwood
(Evansville)
1959 Evansville 83–67 Southwest Missouri State Hugh Ahlering
(Evansville)
1960 Evansville
(2)
90–69 Chapman Ed Smallwood
(Evansville)
1961 Wittenberg 42–38 Southeast Missouri State Don Jacobson
(South Dakota State)
1962 Mount St. Mary's 58–57
(OT)
Sacramento State Ron Rohrer
(Sacramento State)
1963 South Dakota State 44–42 Wittenberg Wayne Rasmussen
(South Dakota State)
1964 Evansville
(3)
72–59 Akron Jerry Sloan
(Evansville)
1965 Evansville
(4)
85–82
(OT)
Southern Illinois Jerry Sloan
(Evansville)
1966 Kentucky Wesleyan 54–51 Southern Illinois Sam Smith
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1967 Winston-Salem State 77–74 Southwest Missouri State Earl Monroe
(Winston-Salem State)
1968 Kentucky Wesleyan
(2)
63–52 Indiana State Jerry Newsom
(Indiana State)
1969 Kentucky Wesleyan
(3)
75–71 Southwest Missouri State George Tinsley
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1970 Philadelphia Textile 76–65 Tennessee State Ted McClain
(Tennessee State)
1971 Evansville
(5)
97–82 Old Dominion Don Buse
(Evansville)
1972 Roanoke 84–72 Akron Hal Johnston
(Roanoke)
1973 Kentucky Wesleyan
(4)
78–76 Tennessee State Mike Williams
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1974 Morgan State 67–52 Southwest Missouri State Marvin Webster
(Morgan State)
1975 Old Dominion 76–74 New Orleans Wilson Washington
(Old Dominion)
1976 Puget Sound 83–74 Chattanooga Curt Peterson
(Puget Sound)
1977 Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center Chattanooga 71–62 Randolph-Macon Wayne Golden
(Chattanooga)
1978 Springfield, MO Hammons Student Center Cheyney State 47–40 Wisconsin–Green Bay Andrew Fields
(Cheyney)
1979 North Alabama 64–50 Wisconsin-Green Bay Perry Oden
(North Alabama)
1980 Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center Virginia Union 80–74 New York Tech Keith Valentine
(Virginia Union)
1981 Florida Southern 73–68 Mount St. Mary's John Ebeling
(Florida Southern)
1982 District of Columbia 73–63 Florida Southern Michael Britt
(District of Columbia)
1983 Wright State 92–73 District of Columbia Gary Monroe
(Wright State)
1984 Central Missouri State 81–77 St. Augustine's Ron Nunnelly
(Central Missouri)
1985 Jacksonville State 74–73 South Dakota State Mark Tetzlaff
(South Dakota State)
1986 Sacred Heart 93–87 Southeast Missouri State Roger Younger
(Sacred Heart)
1987 Kentucky Wesleyan
(5)
92–74 Gannon Sam Smith
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1988 Lowell 75–72 Alaska–Anchorage Leo Parent
(Lowell)
1989 North Carolina Central 73–46 Southeast Missouri State Miles Clarke
(North Carolina Central)
1990 Kentucky Wesleyan
(6)
93–79 CSU Bakersfield Wade Green
(CSU Bakersfield)
1991 North Alabama
(2)
79–72 Bridgeport Lambert Shell
(Bridgeport)
1992 Virginia Union
(2)
100–75 Bridgeport Derrick Johnson
(Virginia Union)
1993 CSU Bakersfield 85–72 Troy State Tyrone Davis
(CSU Bakersfield)
1994 CSU Bakersfield
(2)
92–86 Southern Indiana Stan Gouard
(Southern Indiana)
1995 Louisville, KY Commonwealth Convention Center Southern Indiana 71–63 UC Riverside William Wilson
(UC Riverside)
1996 Fort Hays State 70–63 Northern Kentucky Sherick Simpson
(Fort Hays State)
1997 CSU Bakersfield
(3)
57–56 Northern Kentucky Kebu Stewart
(CSU Bakersfield)
1998 UC Davis 83–77 Kentucky Wesleyan Antonio Garcia
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1999 Kentucky Wesleyan
(7)
75–60 Metro State Antonio Garcia
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
2000 Metro State 97–79 Kentucky Wesleyan DeMarcos Anzures
(Metro State)
2001 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena Kentucky Wesleyan
(8)
72–63 Washburn Lorio Duncan
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
2002 Evansville, IN Roberts Municipal Stadium Metro State
(2)
80–72 Kentucky Wesleyan Patrick Mutombo
(Metro State)
2003 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center Northeastern State 75–64 Kentucky Wesleyan[n 1] Darnell Hinson
(Northeastern State)
2004 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena Kennesaw State 84–59 Southern Indiana Terrence Hill
(Kennesaw State)
2005 Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena Virginia Union
(3)
63–58 Bryant Antwan Walton
(Virginia Union)
2006 Springfield, MA MassMutual Center Winona State 73–61 Virginia Union John Smith
(Winona State)
2007 Barton 77–75 Winona State Anthony Atkinson
(Barton)
2008 Winona State
(2)
87–76 Augusta State Jonte Flowers
(Winona State)
2009 Findlay 56–53
(OT)
Cal Poly Pomona Josh Bostic
(Findlay)
2010 Cal Poly Pomona 65–53 Indiana (PA) Austin Swift
(Cal Poly Pomona)
2011 Bellarmine 71–68 BYU–Hawaii Jet Chang
(BYU–Hawaii)
[2]
2012 Highland Heights, KY The Bank of Kentucky Center Western Washington 72–65 Montevallo D. J. Rivera
(Montevallo)
2013 Atlanta, GA[n 2] Philips Arena Drury 74–73 Metro State Alex Hall
(Drury)
[3]
2014 Evansville, IN Ford Center Central Missouri
(2)
84–77 West Liberty Daylen Robinson
(Central Missouri)
2015 Florida Southern
(2)
77–62 Indiana (PA) Kevin Capers
(Florida Southern)
2016 Frisco, TX Dr Pepper Arena Augustana (SD) 90–81 Lincoln Memorial Alex Richter
(Augustana (SD))
[4]
2017 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Pentagon Northwest Missouri State 71–61 Fairmont State Justin Pitts
(Northwest Missouri State)
[5]
2018 Ferris State 71–69 Northern State Zach Hankins
(Ferris State)
[6]
2019 Evansville, IN Ford Center Northwest Missouri State
(2)
64–58 Point Loma Trevor Hudgins
(Northwest Missouri State)
2020 Atlanta, GA[n 3] State Farm Arena
  1. ^ Kentucky Wesleyan subsequently forfeited its 2003 runner-up status after it was revealed they had let two ineligible transfer players play.[1]
  2. ^ Philips Arena in Atlanta, now known as State Farm Arena, was the site of the championship game only. The rest of the Elite Eight was played at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
  3. ^ State Farm Arena will be the site of the championship game only. The rest of the Elite Eight will be played at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Records and statistics

Championships by school

School Titles Years
Kentucky Wesleyan 8 1966 • 1968 • 1969 • 1973 • 1987 • 1990 • 1999 • 2001
Evansville 5 1959 • 1960 • 1964 • 1965 • 1971
Virginia Union 3 1980 • 1992 • 2005
Cal State Bakersfield 3 1993 • 1994 • 1997
NW Missouri State 2 2017 • 2019
Florida Southern 2 1981 • 2015
Central Missouri 2 1984 • 2014
Winona State 2 2006 • 2008
Metropolitan State 2 2000 • 2002
Ferris State 1 2018
Augustana (SD) 1 2016
Drury 1 2013
Western Washington 1 2012
Bellarmine 1 2011
Cal Poly Pomona 1 2010
Findlay 1 2009
Barton 1 2007
Kennesaw State 1 2004
Northeastern State 1 2003
UC Davis 1 1998
Fort Hays State 1 1996
Southern Indiana 1 1995
North Carolina Central 1 1989
UMass Lowell [a 1] 1 1988
Sacred Heart 1 1986
Jacksonville State 1 1985
Wright State 1 1983
District of Columbia 1 1982
Cheyney 1 1978
Chattanooga [a 2] 1 1977
Puget Sound 1 1976
Old Dominion 1 1975
Morgan State 1 1974
Roanoke 1 1972
Jefferson [a 3] 1 1970
Winston-Salem State 1 1967
South Dakota State 1 1963
Mount Saint Mary's 1 1962
Wittenberg 1 1961
South Dakota 1 1958
Wheaton 1 1957
  1. ^ Championship won as Lowell.
  2. ^ Championship won as Tennessee–Chattanooga.
  3. ^ Championship won as Philadelphia Textile.

Former Division II champions now in Division I

Source: [9]

School Championship(s) Year moved Current Conference
South Dakota 1958 2006 The Summit League
Evansville 1959 • 1960 • 1964 • 1965 • 1971 1978 Missouri Valley Conference
Mount St. Mary's 1962 1989 Northeast Conference
South Dakota State 1963 2005 The Summit League
Morgan State 1974 1985 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Old Dominion 1975 1977 Conference USA
Chattanooga 1977 1978 Southern Conference
Wright State 1983 1988 Horizon League
Jacksonville State 1985 1996 Ohio Valley Conference
Sacred Heart 1986 1999 Northeast Conference
UMass Lowell 1988 2013 America East Conference
North Carolina Central 1989 2008 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
CSU Bakersfield 1993 • 1994 • 1997 2007 Western Athletic Conference
(Big West Conference in 2020)
UC Davis 1998 2004 Big West Conference
Kennesaw State 2004 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference
North Alabama 1979 • 1991 2018 Atlantic Sun Conference

Former Division II champions now in Division III

Source: [9]

School Championship(s) Year moved Current Conference
Wheaton (IL) 1957 1973 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
Wittenberg 1961 1973 North Coast Athletic Conference
Roanoke 1972 1976 Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Puget Sound 1976 ?? Northwest Conference

Broadcasting

CBS Sports holds rights to the semi-final and final rounds of the Division II tournament, with the semi-final games broadcast on CBS Sports Network and the final on CBS (covered as part of the NCAA March Madness package). In 2015, CBS Sports reached a long-term deal to continue broadcasting the Division II men's semi-final on CBS Sports Network through 2024.[10]

References

  1. ^ "PLUS: COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Kentucky Wesleyan Forfeits an Honor". The New York Times. August 7, 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-26.
  2. ^ "Ballarmine wins national championship". The Courier-Journal. March 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-26.
  3. ^ https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2013-04-07/calm-cool-and-collected
  4. ^ "Augustana wins 2016 NCAA Division II men's basketball championship - NCAA.com". ncaa.com.
  5. ^ "DII basketball: Northwest Missouri State handles Fairmont State to win first championship - NCAA.com". ncaa.com. 25 March 2017.
  6. ^ "DII men's basketball championship: Ferris State wins program's first title in thriller over Northern State - NCAA.com". ncaa.com. 24 March 2018.
  7. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_basketball_champs_records/2013/d2/elite8.pdf
  8. ^ "Men's Basketball DII History - NCAA.com". NCAA.com.
  9. ^ a b http://web1.ncaa.org/onlineDir/exec2/sponsorship
  10. ^ "CBS Sports Network to televise Division II basketball semifinals through 2024". NCAA. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
1978 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament

The 1978 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1977-8 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Cheyney State of Pennsylvania and Cheyney's Andrew Fields was the Most Outstanding Player.

1982 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1982 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1981-2 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by the University of the District of Columbia and UDC's Michael Britt was the Most Outstanding Player.

1983 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1983 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1982–83 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Wright State University and Wright State's Gary Monroe was the Most Outstanding Player.

1984 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1984 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1983-4 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Central Missouri State (now known as the University of Central Missouri) and Central Missouri State's Ron Nunnally was the Most Outstanding Player.

San Francisco State's participation in the tournament was later vacated by the NCAA.

1985 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1985 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1984–85 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Jacksonville State University and South Dakota State's Mark Tetzlaff was the Most Outstanding Player.

1986 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1986 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1985–86 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Sacred Heart University and Sacred Heart's Roger Younger was the Most Outstanding Player.

1987 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1987 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1986–87 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Kentucky Wesleyan College, with Kentucky Wesleyan's Sam Smith named the Most Outstanding Player.

1988 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1988 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1987-8 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by the University of Lowell (now the University of Massachusetts Lowell), and Lowell's Leo Parent was the Most Outstanding Player.

1989 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1989 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1988–89 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by North Carolina Central University, with North Carolina Central's Miles Clark named the Most Outstanding Player.

This was the first Division II men's tournament to adopt the current Elite Eight format, in which all eight regional winners advance to the championship site.

1990 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1990 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1989-90 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Kentucky Wesleyan College, with Wade Green of runner-up California State University, Bakersfield named the Most Outstanding Player.

1991 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1991 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1990-91 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by the University of North Alabama and Bridgeport's Lambert Shell was the Most Outstanding Player.

1992 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1992 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1991-92 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Virginia Union University and Virginia Union's Derrick Johnson was the Most Outstanding Player.

1993 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1993 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1992-93 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by California State University, Bakersfield and Cal State Bakersfield's Tyrone Davis was the Most Outstanding Player.

1994 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1994 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 48 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1993–94 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by California State University, Bakersfield and Southern Indiana's Stan Gouard was the Most Outstanding Player.

1995 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1995 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 48 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 1994-95 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by the University of Southern Indiana and UC Riverside's William Wilson was the Most Outstanding Player.

2005 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2005 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as the culmination of the 2004–05 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Virginia Union University and VUU's Antwan Walton was the Most Outstanding Player.

2006 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2006 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as the culmination of the 2004–05 NCAA Division II men's basketball season. It was won by Winona State University and WSU's John Smith was the Most Outstanding Player.

2010 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball as a culmination of the 2009–10 basketball season. It began on March 13, 2010. The tournament was won by the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) men's basketball team, which defeated Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 65–53, in the title game. The championship was the first in the Broncos' history after ending runner-up in 2009.

2015 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament involved 64 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college basketball. It began on March 13, 2015, following the 2014–15 season and concluded with the championship game on March 28, 2015.

The eight regional winners met in the Elite Eight for the quarterfinal, semifinal, and championship rounds. For the second straight year, the final rounds were held at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Florida Southern defeated Indiana (PA), 77–62, to win their second national championship and first title since the 1981 NCAA Division II Tournament.

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