1971 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament

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1971 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Evansville, Indiana
Champions Evansville (5th title)
Runner-Up Old Dominion (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Arad McCutchan (5th title)
MOP Don Buse Evansville
Attendance 35,812
  • 1970 
  • NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament
  • 1972

The 1971 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 1970-71 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. It was won by the University of Evansville and Evansville's Don Buse was the Most Outstanding Player.

The Southwestern Louisiana's tournament and semifinal appearances were later vacated due to NCAA rules violations.

Regional participants[edit]

School Outcome
Kentucky Wesleyan Regional Champion
North Dakota State Third Place
St. Olaf Fourth Place
Truman Runner-up
School Outcome
Akron Third Place
Cheyney Regional Champion
Philadelphia U Runner-up
Wooster Fourth Place
School Outcome
Norfolk State Runner-up
Old Dominion Regional Champion
Roanoke Fourth Place
Stetson Third Place
School Outcome
Cal Poly Third Place
Puget Sound Regional Champion
San Francisco State Fourth Place
Seattle Pacific Runner-up
School Outcome
Assumption Regional Champion
Central Connecticut State Runner-up
Sacred Heart Third Place
Stonehill Fourth Place
School Outcome
Southwestern Louisiana* Vacated
Louisiana Tech Third Place
New Orleans Fourth Place
Tennessee State Runner-up
School Outcome
Ashland Third Place
Augustana (IL) Fourth Place
Central Michigan Runner-up
Evansville Regional Champion
School Outcome
Buffalo State Runner-up
C. W. Post Fourth Place
Hartwick Regional Champion
Montclair State Third Place

*tournament appearance vacated

Regionals[edit]

Midwest - Kirksville, Missouri[edit]

Location: Pershing Arena

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Kentucky Wesleyan 94
St. Olaf 79
Kentucky Wesleyan 60
Truman 48
Truman 75
North Dakota State 66
  • Third Place - North Dakota State 96, St. Olaf 94

Mideast - Reading, Pennsylvania[edit]

Location: Bollman Center

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Philadelphia U 83*
Wooster 81
Philadelphia U 58
Cheyney 60
Cheyney 100
Akron 89
  • Third Place - Akron 77, Wooster 68

South Atlantic - Norfolk, Virginia[edit]

Location: Norfolk Scope

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Norfolk State 97
Roanoke 77
Norfolk State 97
Old Dominion 102
Old Dominion 89
Stetson 65
  • Third Place - Stetson 91, Roanoke 72

West - Tacoma, Washington[edit]

Location: Memorial Fieldhouse

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Seattle Pacific 75
San Francisco State 68
Seattle Pacific 78
Puget Sound 85
Puget Sound 81
Cal Poly 69
  • Third Place - Cal Poly 70, San Francisco State 68

New England - Worcester, Massachusetts[edit]

Location: Andrew Laska Gymnasium

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Assumption 106
Sacred Heart 83
Assumption 105
Central Connecticut State 77
Central Connecticut State 111
Stonehill 99
  • Third Place - Sacred Heart 86, Stonehill 81

South - Lafayette, Louisiana[edit]

Location: Blackham Coliseum

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Tennessee State 92*
Louisiana Tech 91
Tennessee State 82
Southwestern Louisiana 86
Southwestern Louisiana 113
New Orleans 107
  • Third Place - Louisiana Tech 107, New Orleans 88

Great Lakes - Evansville, Indiana[edit]

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Central Michigan 63
Augustana (IL) 59
Central Michigan 60
Evansville 78
Evansville 72
Ashland 64
  • Third Place - Ashland 88, Augustana 65

East - Buffalo, New York[edit]

Location:

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
           
Hartwick 77
C. W. Post 50
Hartwick 71
Buffalo State 70
Buffalo State 103
Montclair State 93
  • Third Place - Montclair State 80, C. W. Post 68

*denotes each overtime played

National Finals - Evansville, Indiana[edit]

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                 
Kentucky Wesleyan 89
Cheyney 83
Kentucky Wesleyan 83
Old Dominion 97
Old Dominion 81*
Puget Sound 80
Old Dominion 82
Evansville 97
Assumption 99
Southwestern Louisiana 110
Southwestern Louisiana 74
Evansville 93
Evansville 105
Hartwick 69
  • Third Place - Southwestern Louisiana 105, Kentucky Wesleyan 83

*denotes each overtime played

All-tournament team[edit]

  • Don Buse (Evansville)
  • Rick Coffey (Evansville)
  • John Duncan (Kentucky Wesleyan)
  • Dwight Lamar (Southwestern Louisiana)
  • Skip Noble (Old Dominion)

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