1963 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament

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1963 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Evansville, Indiana
Champions South Dakota State (1st title)
Runner-Up Wittenberg (2nd title game)
Winning coach Jim Iverson (1st title)
MOP Wayne Rasmussen South Dakota State
Attendance 18,526
  • 1962 
  • NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament
  • 1964

The 1963 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA College Division college basketball as a culmination of the 1962-63 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. It was won by South Dakota State University and South Dakota State's Wayne Rasmussen was the Most Outstanding Player.

Regional participants[edit]

School Outcome
Austin Peay Fourth Place
Bellarmine Third Place
Oglethorpe Regional Champion
Tennessee Runner-up
School Outcome
Bloomsburg Runner-up
Hofstra Third Place
Mount St. Mary's Fourth Place
Philadelphia U Regional Champion
School Outcome
Buffalo Fourth Place
South Carolina State Runner-up
Wittenberg Regional Champion
Youngstown State Third Place
School Outcome
Assumption Third Place
Fairleigh Dickinson Fourth Place
Northeastern Regional Champion
Springfield Runner-up
School Outcome
Augustana (IL) Fourth Place
Concorda (IL) Third Place
Evansville Regional Champion
Washington-St. Louis Runner-up
School Outcome
Arkansas State Third Place
Lamar Runner-up
SE Missouri State Fourth Place
Southern Illinois Regional Champion
School Outcome
Cornell (IA) Fourth Place
Michigan Tech Third Place
Nebraska Wesleyan Runner-up
South Dakota State Regional Champion
School Outcome
Chapman Runner-up
Fresno State Regional Champion
San Francisco State Fourth Place
UC Santa Barbara Third Place


South Central - Louisville, Kentucky[edit]

Location: Knights Hall

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Tennessee State 119
Austin Peay 94
Tennessee State 51
Oglethorpe 55
Oglethorpe 57
Bellarmine 49
  • Third Place - Bellarmine 96, Austin Peay 86

East - Reading, Pennsylvania[edit]

Location: Bollman Center

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Bloomsburg 76
Mount St. Mary's 61
Bloomsburg 48
Philadelphia U 54
Philadelphia U 60
Hofstra 55
  • Third Place - Hofstra 78, Mount St. Mary's 71

Mideast - Akron, Ohio[edit]

Location: Memorial Hall

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
South Carolina State 80
Buffalo 63
South Carolina State 63
Wittenberg 70
Wittenberg 38
Youngstown State 31
  • Third Place - Youngstown State 65, Buffalo 53

Northeast - Boston, Massachusetts[edit]

Location: Cabot Center

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Springfield 66
Fairleigh Dickinson 54
Sprigfield 45
Northeastern 47
Northeastern 74
Assumption 60
  • Third Place - Assumption 66, Fairleigh Dickinson 51

Great Lakes - St. Louis, Missouri[edit]

Location: Washington Field House

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Evansville 66
Concordia (IL) 56
Evansville 85
Washington-St. Louis 76
Washington-St. Louis 71
Augustana 66
  • Third Place - Concordia 92, Augustana 84

Southwest - Cape Girardeau, Missouri[edit]

Location: Houck Field House

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Lamar 89
Arkansas State 88
Lamar 84
Southern Illinois 93
Southern Illinois 87
SE Missouri State 79
  • Third Place - Arkansas State 77, SE Missouri State 75

Midwest - Brookings, South Dakota[edit]

Location: The Barn

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Nebraska Wesleyan 86
Michigan Tech 69
Nebraska Wesleyan 75
South Dakota State 77
South Dakota State 71
Cornell (IA) 64
  • Third Place - Michigan Tech 71, Cornell 61

Pacific Coast - Fresno, California[edit]

Location: North Gym

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Chapman 53
San Francisco State 50
Chapman 59
Fresno State 71
Fresno State 68
UC Santa Barbara 60
  • Third Place - UC Santa Barbara 58, San Francisco State 56

*denotes each overtime played

National Finals - Evansville, Indiana[edit]

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Oglethorpe 36
Philadelphia U 34
Oglethorpe 37
Wittenberg 46
Wittenberg 48
Northeastern 47
Wittenberg 42
South Dakota State 44
Evansville 73
Southern Illinois 86
Southern Illinois 76
South Dakota State 80
South Dakota State 84
Fresno State 71
  • Third Place - Oglethorpe 68, Southern Illinois 64

*denotes each overtime played

All-tournament team[edit]

  • Tom Black (South Dakota State)
  • Bob Cherry (Wittenberg)
  • Bill Fisher (Wittenberg)
  • Wayne Rasmussen (South Dakota State)
  • Al Thrasher (Wittenberg)

See also[edit]