1972 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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1972 (1972) NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Kentucky State
(3 title, 3 title game)
Runner-Up Wisconsin Eau Claire
(1 title game,
1 Final Four)
Semifinalists Stephen F. Austin
(1 Final Four)
Gardner Webb
(1 Final Four)
Coach of the Year Ken Anderson
(Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
Chuck Taylor MVP Travis Grant
(Kentucky State)
Charles Stevenson
Hustle Award
Frank Schade
(Wisconsin Eau Claire)
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The 1972 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 35th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1]

This year was the first and only tournament since seeding began in 1957 that all 4 top seeded teams made it to the national semi-finals. Seeding was changed in 2016, so each bracket is now seeded 1 thru 8. Kentucky State becomes the second team to win three in a row, joining Tennessee State (1957, 1958, 1959).

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Leading scorer: Travis Grant, Kentucky State
  • Leading rebounder: Mike Ratliff, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 81 rebounds in 5 games.
  • Player of the Year: est. 1994
  • Most Points Single Game: 60, Travis Grant, Kentucky State vs. Minot State (N.D.)
  • Most Points Single Tournament: 213, Travis Grant, Kentucky State
  • Most Points, Career: 518, Travis Grant, Kentucky State, 1970-71-72
  • Most Field Goals Made, Game: 27, Travis Grant, Kentucky State vs. Minot State (N.D.)
  • Most Field Goals Made, Tournament: 89, Travis Grant, Kentucky State
  • Most Field Goals Made, Career: 223, Travis Grant, Kentucky State, 1970-71-72 [2]

1972 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 96
- Bishop (Tex.) 65
1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 59
16 Belhaven 52
- Quinnipiac (Conn.) 64
16 Belhaven (Miss.) 75
1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 77
TOP TIER
9 Augustana 70
9 Augustana (Ill.) 103
- Kearney State (Neb.) 96
9 Augustana 76
8 Glenville State 75
- Missouri Southern State 66
8 Glenville State (W.Virginia) 68
1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 83
4 Gardner–Webb 68
5 Western Washington State 66
- Findlay (Ohio) 63
5 Western Washington State 74
12 Northeastern State 68
- Glassboro State (N.J.) 69
12 Northeastern State (Okla.) 87
5 Western Washington State 75
TOP TIER
4 Gardner–Webb 81
13 Pittsburg State (Kan.) 98
- Western Carolina (N.C.) 75
13 Pittsburg State 87
4 Gardner–Webb 91
- Eastern Montana 94
4 Gardner–Webb (N.C.) 109
1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 62
3 Kentucky State 71
3 Kentucky State 118
- Minot State (N.D.) 68
3 Kentucky State 112
14 West Georgia 83
- Northwestern (Iowa) 69
14 West Georgia 73
3 Kentucky State 66
BOTTOM TIER
11 St. Thomas 57
11 St. Thomas (Minn.) 78
- Tri-State (Ind.) 61
11 St. Thomas 93
6 Ouachita Baptist 87
- Elizabeth City State (N.C.) 89
6 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 90*
3 Kentucky State 87
2 Stephen F. Austin State 82
7 Xavier (La.) 102
- Maryland-Eastern Shore 80
7 Xavier 59
10 Westmont 71
- Edinboro State (Pa.) 72
10 Westmont (California) 91
10 Westmont 62
BOTTOM TIER
2 Stephen F. Austin State 72
15 Willamette (Ore.) 65
- Adams State (Colo.) 78
- Adams State 77
2 Stephen F. Austin State 87
- Hillsdale (Mich.) 61
2 Stephen F. Austin (Tex.) 71
  •  * 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
     
4 Gardner–Webb 91
2 Stephen F. Austin State 94

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 (PDF) from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-04-19.