1957 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1957 (1957) NAIA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Tennessee State (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-Up Southeastern Oklahoma State (2nd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Semifinalists Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) (1st Final Four)
Eastern Illinois (1st Final Four)
Coach of the Year Bloomer Sullivan (Southeastern Oklahoma State)
Chuck Taylor MVP Jim Spivey (Southeastern Oklahoma State)
Attendance unknown
NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
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The 1957 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 20th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] This would be the first tournament to have seeded teams. This also means that this is the first tournament to have an 'upset'. There were 3 upsets this year, including the championship game. The NAIA seeded teams 21 years prior to the NCAA Men's Tournament. The NAIA would adjust seeding to the current, 16 seed system, in 1959. The championship game featured Tennessee State University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. With Tennessee State's win, they became the first historically black institution to win a collegiate basketball national championship.[2] This would be the first of three national championship titles for Tennessee State.

The 3rd place game featured Pacific Lutheran University defeating Eastern Illinois University.

Awards and honors[edit]

Many of the records set by the 1957 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:

  • Leading scorer est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder est. 1963
  • Charles Stevenson Hustle Award est. 1958
  • Player of the Year est. 1994
  • Most free throws made; career: 120 free throws made by Jim Spivey of Southeastern Oklahoma State (1954,55,56,57).
  • Most free throws made; single-game, team: 48, Southeastern Oklahoma State vs. Southwest Texas State
  • Most free throws made in one tournament; individual: 68 free throws made by Jim Spivey of Southeastern Oklahoma State (1954,55,56,57).
  • Most free throws made in one tournament; team: 153, Southeastern Oklahoma State
  • Most consecutive tournament victories; record start: 18 overall, 5 in 1957, Tennessee State, 1957-58-59-60
  • Top single-game performances: Jim Spivey, 4th, Southeastern Oklahoma State vs. Eastern Illinois, 20 field goals, 13 free throws and 53 total points; Jim Spivey 13th, Southeastern Oklahoma State vs Southwest Texas State, 14 field goals, 18 free throws and 46 total points; Jim Spivey 20th, Southeastern Oklahoma State vs. Tennessee State, 14 field goals 15 free throws and 43 total points.
  • All-time leading scorer; first appearance: Charles Sharp, 5th Southwest Texas State (1957,59,60) 12 games, 118 field goals, 69 free throws, 305 total points, 25.4 average per game
  • All-time leading scorers; second appearance: Dick Barnett, 3rd, Tennessee State (1956,57,58,59) 18 games, 186 field goals, 79 free throws, 451 total points 25.1 average per game, Charles Curtis, 8th, Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) (1956,57,58,59) 14 games 101 field goals, 85 free throws, 287 total points, 20.5 average per game, Roger Iverson, 20th, Pacific Lutheran (1956,57,58,59) 14 games, 109 field goals, 23 free throws, 241 total points, 17.2 average per game, and John Barnhill, 21st, Tennessee State (1956,57,58,59) 17 games, 104 field goals, 27 free throws, 235 total points, 13.8 average per game.
  • All-time leading scorer; third appearance: Bennie Swain, 6th Texas Southern (1955,56,57,58) 15 games, 119 field goals, 64 free throws, 302 total points, 20.1 average per game.
  • All-time leading scorer; final appearance: James Spivey, 4th, Southeastern Oklahoma (1954,55,56,57) 13 games, 133 field goals, 120 free throws, 386 total points, 29.7 average per game.[3]

1957 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
1 Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) 76
- Elon (N.C.) 61
1 Pacific Lutheran 105
- Stetson 83
- Stetson (Fla.) 100
- Wayne State (Neb.) 84
1 Pacific Lutheran 91
TOP TIER
8 Texas Southern 72
- Ball State (Ind.) 98
- Troy State (Ala.) 70
- Ball State 72
8 Texas Southern 97
- Southern Connecticut 66
8 Texas Southern 67
1 Pacific Lutheran 70
- Tennessee State 71
5 Portland (Ore.) 77
- Austin Peay State (Tenn.) 65
5 Portland 70
- Tennessee State 87
- Tennessee State 87
- Adrian (Mich.) 69
- Tennessee State 90
TOP TIER
4 Western Illinois 88
- William Jewell (Mo.) 70
- Adelphi (N.Y.) 69*
- William Jewell 67
4 Western Illinois 80
- Southern Arkansas 70
4 Western Illinois 101
- Tennessee State 92
7 Southeastern Oklahoma State 73
3 Villa Madonna (Ky.) 93
- West Virginia Tech 91
3 Villa Madonna 78
- Eastern Illinois 110
- Eastern Illinois 88
- New Mexico Highlands 76
- Eastern Illinois 88
BOTTOM TIER
6 Hamline 83
- Wisconsin-Stevens Point 93
- Millersville (Pa.) 85
- Wisconsin-Stevens Point 69
6 Hamline 81
- Wayland Baptist (Texas) 72
6 Hamline (Minn.) 75
- Eastern Illinois 81
7 Southeastern Oklahoma State 95
7 Southeastern Oklahoma State 82
- Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) 58
7 Southeastern Oklahoma State 98
- Southwest Texas State 78
- Southwest Texas State 104
- Upper Iowa 71
7 Southeastern Oklahoma State 69
BOTTOM TIER
2 Youngstown 65
- Emporia State (Kan.) 82
- Northern State (S.D.) 66
- Emporia State 74
2 Youngstown 80
- Westmont (Calif.) 75
2 Youngstown (Ohio) 81
  •   *denotes overtime.

3rd place game[edit]

The third place game featured the losing teams from the national semifinalist to determine 3rd and 4th places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988.

NAIA Third Place Game
     
1 Pacific Lutheran 87
- Eastern Illinois 85

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