NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship
|No. of teams||64|
|Country||NCAA Division II (USA)|
|Most recent champion(s)||Drury (1)|
The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship 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.
Championship game results
* Kentucky Wesleyan subsequently forfeited its 2003 runner-up status after it was revealed they had let two ineligible transfer players play
Schools ranked by most championships
|Cal State Bakersfield||3|
|1957–1976||Roberts Municipal Stadium (Evansville, Indiana)|
|1977||MassMutual Center (Springfield, Massachusetts)|
|1978–1979||Hammons Student Center (Springfield, Missouri)|
|1980–1994||MassMutual Center (Springfield, Massachusetts)|
|1995–2000||Commonwealth Convention Center (Louisville, Kentucky)|
|2001||Rabobank Arena (Bakersfield, California)|
|2002||Roberts Municipal Stadium (Evansville, Indiana)|
|2003||Lakeland Center (Lakeland, Florida)|
|2004||Rabobank Arena (Bakersfield, California)|
|2005||Bison Sports Arena (Fargo, North Dakota)|
|2006–2011||MassMutual Center (Springfield, Massachusetts)|
|2012||The Bank of Kentucky Center (Highland Heights, Kentucky)|
|2013||Freedom Hall (Louisville, Kentucky) – quarterfinals and semifinals
Philips Arena (Atlanta, Georgia) – final
|2014||Ford Center (Evansville, Indiana)|
Former Division II Champions now in Division I
|School||Championship||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||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Wright State||1983||1988||Horizon League|
|Jacksonville State||1985||1996||Ohio Valley Conference|
|UMass-Lowell||1988||2013||America East Conference|
|North Carolina Central||1989||2008||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|Cal State Bakersfield||1993, 1994, 1997||2007||Independent (Western Athletic Conference in 2013)|
|UC Davis||1998||2004||Big West Conference|
|Kennesaw State||2004||2006||Atlantic Sun Conference|
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
- NCAA Men's Division III Basketball Championship
- NAIA national men's basketball championship
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- "PLUS: COLLEGE BASKETBALL; Kentucky Wesleyan Forfeits an Honor". The New York Times. August 7, 2003. Retrieved 2011-03-26.
- "NCAA selects NKU as host for 2012 and 2013 Division II Elite Eight for men's basketball" (Press release). Northern Kentucky University Athletics. June 11, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
- "Division II Elite Eight to be played at Louisville’s Freedom Hall in 2013" (Press release). NCAA. August 23, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
- "Success paves way for 75th celebration" (Press release). NCAA. May 10, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012.