1969 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament

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1969 NCAA Division II
Basketball Tournament
Teams32
Finals siteEvansville, Indiana
ChampionsKentucky Wesleyan Panthers (3rd title)
Runner-upSW Missouri State Bears (3rd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachBob Daniels (2nd title)
MOPGeorge Tinsley Kentucky Wesleyan
Attendance30,003
  • 1968 
  • NCAA Division II
    Basketball Tournament
  • 1970

The 1969 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 1968–69 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. It was won by Kentucky Wesleyan College, with Kentucky Wesleyan's George Tinsley named the Most Outstanding Player.

American International College's tournament and semifinal appearances were later vacated due to NCAA rules violations.

Regional participants[edit]

School Outcome
Mount St. Mary's Runner-up
Norfolk State Third Place
Oglethorpe Regional Champion
Old Dominion Fourth Place
School Outcome
Alcorn State Runner-up
Bellarmine Fourth Place
Kentucky Wesleyan Regional Champion
Transylvania Third Place
School Outcome
San Francisco State Regional Champion
UC Davis Fourth Place
UC Irvine Third Place
UNLV Runner-up
School Outcome
American International* Regional Champion
Assumption Third Place
Central Connecticut State Fourth Place
Springfield Runner-up
School Outcome
Albany Third Place
Le Moyne Fourth Place
Montclair State Regional Champion
Wagner Runner-up
School Outcome
Lincoln (MO) Third Place
South Dakota State Runner-up
SW Missouri State Regional Champion
St. Olaf Fourth Place
School Outcome
Concordia (IL) Fourth Place
Illinois State Regional Champion
North Park Third Place
Valparaiso Runner-up
School Outcome
Ashland Regional Champion
Cheyney Runner-up
Philadelphia Textile Third Place
Wittenberg Fourth Place

*tournament appearance vacated

Regionals[edit]

South Atlantic - Norfolk, Virginia[edit]

Location:

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Oglethorpe 68
Old Dominion 60
Oglethorpe 74
Mount St. Mary's 56
Mount St. Mary's 95
Norfolk State 80
  • Third Place - Norfolk State 113, Old Dominion 102

South - Owensboro, Kentucky[edit]

Location: Owensboro Sportscenter

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Alcorn State 76
Bellarmine 75
Alcorn State 79
Kentucky Wesleyan 83
Kentucky Wesleyan 77
Transylvania 61
  • Third Place - Transylvania 65, Bellarmine 64

Far West - Las Vegas, Nevada[edit]

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
San Francisco State 81
UC Irvine 55
San Francisco State 77
UNLV 72
UNLV 84
UC Davis 81
  • Third Place -UC Irvine 82, UC Davis 70

New England - Springfield, Massachusetts[edit]

Location: Butova Gymnasium

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Springfield 91
Central Connecticut State 80
Springfield 68
American International 91
American International 79
Assumption 77
  • Third Place - Assumption 98, Central Connecticut State 77

East - Syracuse, New York[edit]

Location: Henninger Athletic Center

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Wagner 109
Albany 64
Wagner 78
Montclair State 101
Montclair State 79
Le Moyne 75
  • Third Place - Albany 71, Le Moyne 70

Midwest - Springfield, Missouri[edit]

Location: McDonald Hall and Arena

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
South Dakota State 79
Lincoln (MO) 77
South Dakota State 74
SW Missouri State 87
SW Missouri State 75
St. Olaf 47
  • Third Place - Lincoln 77, St. Olaf 72

Great Lakes - Valparaiso, Indiana[edit]

Location: Hilltop Gym [1]

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Illinois State 87
North Park 82
Illinois State 103
Valparaiso 87
Valparaiso 91
Concordia (IL) 81
  • Third Place - North Park 90, Concordia 73

Mideast - Ashland, Ohio[edit]

Location: Kates Gymnasium

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
      
Cheyney 84
Wittenberg 70
Cheyney 56
Ashland 66
Ashland 43
Philadelphia Textile 40
  • Third Place - Philadelphia Textile 76, Wittenberg 74

*denotes each overtime played

National Finals - Evansville, Indiana[edit]

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
         
Oglethorpe 68
Kentucky Wesleyan 82
Kentucky Wesleyan 83*
American International 82
San Francisco State 75
American International 80
Kentucky Weslayan 75
SW Missouri State 71
Montcair State 76
SW Missouri State 92
SW Missouri State 58
Ashland 48
Illinois State 35
Ashland 41
  • Third Place - American International 53, Ashland 51

*denotes each overtime played

All-tournament team[edit]

  • Mert Bancroft (Southwest Missouri State)
  • Tommy Hobgood (Kentucky Wesleyan)
  • Curtis Perry (Southwest Missouri State)
  • Bob Rutherford (American International)
  • George Tinsley (Kentucky Wesleyan)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kretchmar, Dick (March 10, 1969). "Crusaders Lose To Redbitds In NCAA Finals". Valparaiso Vidette Messenger.

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