1971 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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1971 (1971) NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Kentucky State
(2nd title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-Up Eastern Michigan
(1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists Elizabeth City State
(2 Final Four)
Fairmont State
(3 Final Four)
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The 1971 NAIA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 34th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1]

The championship game featured Kentucky State University for the second time. It was the fourth time since seeding began in 1957 that the number one team won the tournament.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Leading scorer:
  • Leading rebounder:
  • Player of the Year: est. 1994 [2]

1971 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
1 Kentucky State 100
- St. Thomas (Minn.) 66
1 Kentucky State 73
16 Central Washington State 59
- Doane (Neb.) 73
16 Central Washington State 98
1 Kentucky State 93
TOP TIER
9 Grambling State 81
9 Grambling State (La.) 88
- Mansfield State (Pa.) 78
9 Grambling State 77*
- Glassboro State 75
- Glassboro State (N.J.) 71
8 East Central State (Okla.) 60
1 Kentucky State 104
12 Elizabeth City State 91
5 Indiana (Pa.) 81
- Eastern New Mexico 72
5 Indiana 72
12 Elizabeth City State 74
- Western New England (Mass.) 76
12 Elizabeth City State (N.C.) 90
12 Elizabeth City State 90
TOP TIER
4 Stephen F. Austin State 88
13 Illinois Wesleyan 76
- Northern State (S.D.) 88
- Northern State 62
4 Stephen F. Austin State 99
- North Carolina-Asheville 73
4 Stephen F. Austin State (Tex.) 91
1 Kentucky State 102
6 Eastern Michigan 82
3 Eau Claire State (Wis.) 66
- Southern State (Ark.) 50
3 Eau Claire State 97
14 Earlham 76
- Lewis & Clark (Ore.) 83
14 Earlham (Ind.) 105
3 Eau Claire State 80
BOTTOM TIER
6 Eastern Michigan 87
11 Whittier (Calif.) 65
- Sacred Heart (Kan.) 59
11 Whittier 70
6 Eastern Michigan 71*
- Ohio Dominican 81
6 Eastern Michigan 119
6 Eastern Michigan 89
2 Fairmont State 78
7 North Carolina A&T 70
- Drury (Mo.) 53
7 North Carolina A&T 86*
10 Jackson State 73
- Northwestern (Iowa) 91
10 Jackson State (Miss) 96
7 North Carolina A&T 74
BOTTOM TIER
2 Fairmont State 78
15 Augusta State (Ga.) 71
- Great Falls (Mont.) 75
- Great Falls 80
2 Fairmont State 83
- Texas Southern 78
2 Fairmont State (W.Va.) 79
  •  * denotes overtime.

3rd place game[edit]

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
     
12 Elizabeth City State 88*
2 Fairmont State 87

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NAIA.org". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  2. ^ NAIA. "NAIA Championship History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19.