2008 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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2008 (2008) NAIA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Oklahoma City (6th title)
Runner-Up Mountain State ( title game)
Semifinalists Georgetown (Ky.)
Campbellsville (Ky.)
Coach of the Year Ray Harper (Oklahoma City)
Chuck Taylor MVP Kameron Gray (Oklahoma City)
Player of the Year Ollie Bailey (Oklahoma City)
Charles Stevenson Hustle Award Eric Palm (McKendree (Ill.))
Attendance 34,102
Top scorer Othyus Jeffers Robert Morris (Ill.)
(86 points)
NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
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The 2008 NAIA Men's Basketball Bracket

The 2008 Buffalo Funds - NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held from March 19 to 25 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 71st annual NAIA basketball tournament features 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1]

The official announcement of the 32-team field for the 71st Annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I National Championship occurred late on Tuesday, March 11, with the announcement of the official bracket on Wednesday, March 12 at 5 p.m. CST. Early opening round action between No. 5 Mountain State and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) went into two long overtimes. This caused a back up in game schedules. The late game featuring Southern Nazarene University and Point Loma Nazarene University was moved back from 10:30pm CST to 11:30pm CST. The late start caused many of the 3,000 fans to leave after halftime. Near the end of the game SNU rallied to tie the SeaLions 67-67 with 14 secs left sending the game into overtime. The game finally ended around 1:30am CST with Point Loma pulling off the upset over SNU. It was the latest finishing NAIA tournament game. Games for the next day started in about 6 hours.

The championship game featured defending champions 7 seed Oklahoma City University and 5 seed Mountain State. Oklahoma City won the game, giving them back to back National Championships in win over Mountain State (75-72). Oklahoma City is the first team since Life University (Ga.) won the '99-'00 titles. Oklahoma City was making its third straight NAIA title game appearance, becoming the first team since Kentucky State University from 1970-72 to so. The Stars were defeated in the 2006 championship game by Texas Wesleyan University, 67-65.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Leading scorer: Othyus Jeffers, Robert Morris (Ill.)
  • Leading rebounder: Nestor Colmenares, Campbellsville (Ky.)
  • Dr. James Naismith-Emil S. Liston Sportsmanship Award: Campbellsville (Ky.)
  • Charles A. Krigel Award: Keith Adkins, Campbellsville (Ky.)
  • Chuck Walden Memorial Trophy: Kansas City Life Insurance Company
  • Frank Cramer Award: John Kornitzer, Buffalo Funds
  • Most consecutive tournament appearances: 17th, Georgetown (Ky.)
  • Most tournament appearances: Georgetown (Ky.), 27th of 30, appearances to the NAIA Tournament
  • Oklahoma City notched its 47th tournament win, moving past Central Washington for sole possession of third place on the all-time list. The Stars trail Georgetown College (Ky.), which has a record 49 wins, and Oklahoma Baptist, which has 48 victories.[2]

2008 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round
March 19, 20
Second Round
March 21
Quarterfinals
March 22
Semifinals
March 24
NAIA Championship
March 25
                             
1 Georgetown (Ky.) (32-0) 83
- Emmanuel (Ga.) (16-17) 59
1 Georgetown (33-0) 85
16 Trevecca Nazarene (25-8) 83
- Mobile (Ala.) (22-9) 58
16 Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) (24-8) 67
1 Georgetown (34-0) 88
TOP TIER
March 19
8 Robert Morris (28-3) 84
9 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (23-8) 73 OT
- Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) (23-9) 76
- Point Loma Nazarene (24-9) 64
8 Robert Morris (27-3) 80
- Carroll (Mont.) (23-8) 73
8 Robert Morris (Ill.) (26-3) 82
1 Georgetown (35-0) 65
5 Mountain State (33-2) 78
5 Mountain State(30-2) 87
- Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (17-14) 76 (2 OT)
5 Mountain State (31-2) 84
- Wayland Baptist (20-12) 71
- Wayland Baptist (Texas) (19-12) 89
12 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (25-7) 85
5 Mountain State (32-2) 72
TOP TIER
March 19
13 Azusa Pacific (24-10) 51
13 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (22-10) 61
- Columbia (Mo.) (25-8) 47
13 Azusa Pacific (23-10) 83
4 LSU-Shreveport (31-2) 69
- Science & Arts (Okla.) (17-15) 69
4 LSU-Shreveport (30-2) 71
5 Mountain State (34-2) 72
7 Oklahoma City (30-7) 75
3 Lambuth (Tenn.) (29-3) 76
- St. Xavier (Ill.) (24-8) 68
3 Lambuth (30-3) 79
- Oklahoma Baptist (23-9) 89
- Oklahoma Baptist (22-9) 71
14 Auburn-Montgomery (Ala.) (19-8) 70 (OT)
- Oklahoma Baptist (24-9) 69
BOTTOM TIER
March 20
- Campbellsville (25-9) 74
11 McKendree (Ill.) (26-6) 73
- Texas Wesleyan (19-10) 71
11 McKendree (27-6) 64
- Campbellsville (24-9) 80
- Campbellsville (Ky.) (23-9) 72
6 Concordia (Calif.) (28-4) 63
- Campbellsville (26-9) 64
7 Oklahoma City (29-7) 78
7 Oklahoma City (26-7) 81
- Cumberland (Tenn.) (21-11) 64
7 Oklahoma City (27-7) 69
10 California Baptist (24-8) 63
- Xavier (La.) (24-9) 69
10 California Baptist (23-8) 77
7 Oklahoma City (28-7) 86
BOTTOM TIER
March 20
2 Lee (33-1) 66
15 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (22-9) 62
- Cumberlands (Ky.) (19-13) 75
- Cumberlands (Ky.) (20-13) 72
2 Lee (32-1) 84
- Langston (Okla.) (15-12) 67
2 Lee (Tenn.) (31-1) 77

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