Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
|Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Conference Basketball Championship|
|Number of teams||8|
|Current stadium||Union Multipurpose Activities Center|
|Current location||Tulsa, OK|
|Current champion||Dallas Baptist|
|Most championships||St. Mary's (TX) (6)|
|Official website||Heartland men's basketball|
The Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual men's conference basketball championship tournament for the Heartland Conference. The tournament has been held annually since 2003. It is a single-elimination tournament and seeding is based on regular season records.
The winner, declared conference champion, receives the Heartland's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.
Since its establishment in 2003, the Heartland Conference tournament has typically featured a simple four-team single-elimination tournament featuring the top four teams from the conference regular season standings. An additional opening round game, featuring the fourth and fifth best teams, was played only in 2006 and 2012. In 2010, two opening round games were played, with the third-seed playing the sixth-seed and the fourth-seed playing the fifth-seed.
In most years, the tournament was held in a gymnasium on the campus of one of the Heartland Conference member schools. The only exceptions were the 2007 and 2008 tournaments, played in the home arena of North Texas from Division I.
|2003||St. Mary's (TX)||57–47||Incarnate Word||Bill Greehey Arena (San Antonio, TX)|
|2004||Drury||62–58||St. Mary's (TX)||O'Reilly Family Event Center (Springfield, MO)|
|2005||St. Mary's (TX)||59–52||Rockhurst||Bill Greehey Arena (San Antonio, TX)|
|2006||St. Edward's||83–77||Montana State–Billings||Recreation and Convocation Center (Austin, TX)|
|2007||St. Edward's||85–73||Incarnate Word||UNT Coliseum (Denton, TX)|
|2008||St. Mary's (TX)||79–70 OT||St. Edward's||UNT Coliseum (Denton, TX)|
|2009||Incarnate Word||67–55||Dallas Baptist||Bill Greehey Arena (San Antonio, TX)|
|2010||Incarnate Word||65–63||St. Mary's (TX)||Bill Greehey Arena (San Antonio, TX)|
|2011||Texas A&M International||86–67||Texas–Permian Basin||Bill Greehey Arena (San Antonio, TX)|
|2012||St. Mary's (TX)||84–70||Arkansas–Fort Smith||Kinesiology and Convocation Building (Laredo, TX)|
|2013||St. Mary's (TX)||85–76||Arkansas–Fort Smith||Stubblefield Center (Fort Smith, AR)|
|2014||Texas A&M International||76–72||Texas–Permian Basin||Stubblefield Center (Fort Smith, AR)|
|2015||St. Mary's (TX)||63–60||St. Edward's||Bill Greehey Arena (San Antonio, TX)|
|2016||Dallas Baptist||95–87 (OT)||Arkansas–Fort Smith||Union Multipurpose Activities Center (Tulsa, OK)|
|2017||Arkansas–Fort Smith||68–59||Dallas Baptist||Union Multipurpose Activities Center (Tulsa, OK)|
|2018||Dallas Baptist||77–57||Oklahoma Christian||Union Multipurpose Activities Center (Tulsa, OK)|
Championship appearances by school
|School||Finals Record||Finals Appearances||Years|
|St. Mary's (TX)||6–2||8||2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015|
|Texas A&M International||2–0||2||2011, 2014|
|Dallas Baptist||2–2||4||2016, 2018|
|St. Edward's||2–2||4||2006, 2007|
|Incarnate Word||2–2||4||2009, 2010|
- Lubbock Christian, Newman, and Rogers State have not yet reached the finals of the Heartland Conference tournament.
- Lincoln (MO), McMurry, Oklahoma Panhandle State, Texas–Permian Basin, and Western New Mexico never reached the finals of the Heartland Conference tournament before departing the league.
- Schools highlighted in red are no longer members of the Heartland Conference.
- "Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament History" (PDF). Year-by-year records. Heartland Conference. 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
- "UA Fort Smith claims first Heartland Tournament title". Heartland Conference. 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017.