1978 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1978 (1978) NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Kemper Arena
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Grand Canyon
(2 title, 2 title game,
2 Final Four)
Runner-Up Kearney State
(1 title game,
1 Final Four)
Semifinalists Quincy
(1 Final Four)
East Texas State
(3 Final Four)
Chuck Taylor MVP Tom Ritzdorf
(Kearney State)
Charles Stevenson
Hustle Award
Randy Cipriano
(Kearney State)
NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
← 1977 1979 →

The 1978 NAIA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. The 41st annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

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

1978 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
1 Winston-Salem (NC) 77
- Bethany Nazarene (OK) 61
1 Winston-Salem 64
16 Briar Cliff 63
- Maine Portland-Gorham 78
16 Briar Cliff (IA) 115
1 Winston-Salem 76
TOP TIER
- Kearney State 89
9 Wisconsin-Parkside 72*
- Dowling (NY) 67
9 Kearney State 84*
- Wisconsin-Parkside 80
- Kearney State (NE) 70
8 Mercyhurst (PA) 69
- Kearney State 76
5 Quincy 74
5 Quincy (IL) 70
- Southern Tech (GA) 63
5 Quincy 85
- Erskine 84*
- Erskine (SC) 74
12 Lake Superior (MI) 69
5 Quincy 73
TOP TIER
13 Missouri Southern 66
13 Missouri Southern 78
- Mississippi Valley State 59
13 Missouri Southern 69
4 Ouachita Baptist 56
- Eastern Montana 67
4 Ouachita Baptist (AR) 76
- Kearney State 75
2 Grand Canyon 79
3 Drury (MO) 90
- Midwestern State (TX) 70
3 Drury 86
- St. John's 79
- St. John's (MN) 83
14 Central Washington 65
3 Drury 77
BOTTOM TIER
6 East Texas State 79
11 Birmingham Southern (AL) 92
- LeMoyne-Owen (TN) 77
11 Birmingham-Southern 72
6 East Texas State 78
- Kansas Newman 65
6 East Texas State 81
6 East Texas State 69
2 Grand Canyon 74
7 Fairmont State(WV) 55
- Westmont (CA) 65
- Westmont 91**
- Central State 92
- Central State (OH) 76
10 Hampton Institute (VA) 64
- Central State 82^
BOTTOM TIER
2 Grand Canyon 88
15 Hawaii-Hilo 76
- Franklin (IN) 74
15 Hawaii-Hilo 67
2 Grand Canyon 83
- Cumberland (KY) 64
2 Grand Canyon (AZ) 70
  •  * denotes overtimes.
  •  ^ denotes 5 overtimes.

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
     
5 Quincy 87
6 East Texas State 73

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