1960 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
|1960NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Finals Site||Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
|Champions||Southwest Texas State
(1st title, 1st title game,
3rd Final Four)
(1st title game,
1st Final Four)
(4th Final Four)
William Jewell (Mo.)
(1st Final Four)
|Coach of the Year||Milt Jowers
(Southwest Texas State)
|Chuck Taylor MVP||Charles Sharp
(Southwest Texas State)
The 1960 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 23rd annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.
The pivotal game in this year's tournament was in the semifinals round when #4 Westminster College knocked off the three time defending national champions #1 Tennessee State University. This ended the 18 tournament win streak. As of 2017, it is still the tournament's longest win streak. Tennessee State would then play in the 3rd place game where they easily defeated William Jewell College 100-65. (William Jewell's highest finish in the DI tournament, as of 2010).
Westminster went to the championship game and was defeated by Southwest Texas State 44-66. The Bobcats finish with their first national championship, after being in the NAIA Final Four two previous times, 1952, 1959, both finishing 3rd.
Awards and honors
Many of the records set by the 1960 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:
- Leading scorer: est. 1963
- Leading rebounder: est. 1963
- Player of the Year: est. 1994
- Most consecutive tournament victories; record ends: 18 overall; 3 in 1960, Tennessee State, 1957-58-59-60
- Top single-game performances: Charles Sharp, 16th, Southwest Texas State vs. Wisconsin-Oshkosh, In that game Sharp scored 15 field goals and 14 free throws, totaling 44 points.
- All-time leading scorer; first appearance: Hershell West, 15th Grambling (La.) (1960,61,63), 13 games, 116 field goals, 37 free throws, 269 total points, 20.7 average per game.
- All-time leading scorer; final 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.
1960 NAIA bracket
|First Round||Second Round||Elite Eight||NAIA National Semifinals||NAIA National Championship|
|16||West Virginia Wesleyan||79|
|-||Valley City State (N.D.)||84|
|16||West Virginia Wesleyan||109|
|9||Pittsburg State (Kan.)||61|
|-||Oakland City (Ind.)||85*|
|-||Florence State (Ala.)||83**|
|12||Western Washington State||53|
|-||Ferris Institute (Mich.)||71|
|2||Southwest Texas State||66|
|-||New Mexico Highlands||77|
|-||New Mexico Highlands||96|
|-||New Mexico Highlands||62|
|-||William Jewell (Mo.)||68|
|10||Christian Brothers (Tenn.)||65|
|2||Southwest Texas State||82|
|11||Villa Madonna (Ky.)||94|
|-||College of Idaho||70|
|-||Central Connecticut State||68|
|6||Grambling State (La.)||92|
|2||Southwest Texas State||76|
|-||Savannah State (Ga.)||85|
|2||Southwest Texas State||101|
|-||Oshkosh State (Wis.)||69|
|2||Southwest Texas State||93|
- * denotes each overtime.
3rd place game
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|
- 1960 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
- 1960 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament
- 1960 National Invitation Tournament