Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

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Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
Sport Basketball
Conference Heartland Conference
Number of teams 8
Format Single-elimination tournament
Current stadium Union Multipurpose Activities Center
Current location Tulsa, OK
Played 2003–present
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.[1]

The winner, declared conference champion, receives the Heartland's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship.

Tournament format[edit]

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.


Year Champions Score Runner-Up Venue
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[2] 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[edit]

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
Arkansas–Fort Smith 1–3 4 2017
Drury 1–0 1 2004
Texas–Permian Basin 0–2 2
Oklahoma Christian 0–1 1
Montana State–Billings 0–1 1
Rockhurst 0–1 1


  1. ^ "Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament History" (PDF). Year-by-year records. Heartland Conference. 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ "UA Fort Smith claims first Heartland Tournament title". Heartland Conference. 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017.