NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament

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NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament
NCAA logo.svg
SportBasketball
Founded1975
No. of teams64
CountryNCAA Division III (USA)
Most recent
champion(s)
Wisconsin-Oshkosh (2019; 1st title)
TV partner(s)CBS Sports Network
Official websiteNCAA.com

The NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament (officially styled as "Championship" instead of "Tournament") is a tournament to determine the NCAA Division III national champion. It had been held annually from 1975 through 2019, but has not been played since then due to COVID-19 issues.

From 1996 to 2012 and 2014 to 2018, the NCAA Division III men's basketball championship was held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia. The event had been hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the City of Salem. Since 2017, the tournament has been a 64-team single-elimination tournament, with teams advancing from four regionals to the semifinals and final in Fort Wayne.

For 2013, as part of the celebration of the 75th NCAA Division I tournament, the championship games in both the NCAA Division II and Division III tournaments were played at Philips Arena, now known as State Farm Arena, in Atlanta.[1] From 2014 to 2018, the final game returned to Salem.[2] Currently, the Final Four is held in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. For 2020 only, the national semifinals were to be played in Fort Wayne, but the championship game was to have returned to Atlanta, with the NCAA choosing to hold the championship games of both Divisions II and III as part of the festivities surrounding the men's Division I Final Four; however, the NCAA decided to call off the rest of the tournament.[3] The NCAA also canceled the 2021 tournament after a majority of D-III conferences chose not to play due to continued COVID-19 issues.

Wisconsin–Oshkosh is the most recent national champion.

Qualification[edit]

From 2020–21, a total of 64 bids were intended to be available for the tournament:

  • 44 automatic bids, awarded to the champions of all Division III conferences.
  • 20 at-large bids.

Changes from the 2020 tournament, ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are:

Conference tournaments[edit]

Schools in italics are, as of the upcoming 2021–22 basketball season, no longer members of that specific conference.

Conference Tournament Most titles Current champion (2021)
Allegheny Mountain Tournament Penn State Behrend (6) Canceled
American Rivers Tournament Buena Vista (7)
American Southwest Tournament Mississippi College (5)
Atlantic East Tournament Two teams (1)
Centennial Tournament Franklin & Marshall (8)
CUNYAC Tournament Staten Island (15)
Coast to Coast (C2C) Tournament Catholic (7)
CCIW Tournament Augustana (6)
Colonial States Tournament Cabrini (13)
Commonwealth Coast Tournament Endicott (7)
Empire 8 Tournament St. John Fisher (7)
Great Northeast Tournament Albertus Magnus (8)
Heartland Tournament Hanover (6)
Landmark Tournament Scranton (7)
Liberty Tournament Skidmore (5)
Little East Tournament UMass Dartmouth (11)
MASCAC Tournament Salem State (18)
Michigan Tournament Calvin and Hope (12)
MAC Commonwealth Tournaments Scranton (16)
MAC Freedom
Midwest Tournament Ripon (8)
Minnesota Tournament St. Thomas (9)
NECC Tournament Elms (4)
NESCAC Tournament Amherst (8)
NEWMAC Tournament MIT (6)
NJAC Tournament Ramapo and Stockton (6)
North Atlantic Championship Husson (7)
NCAC Tournament Wooster (16th)
NEAC Championship Morrisville State (5)
NACC Tournament Aurora (5)
Northwest Tournament Whitworth (13)
Ohio Tournament Wittenberg (14)
ODAC Tournament Hampden–Sydney and Roanoke (10)
Presidents Tournament Bethany (6)
Skyline Tournament Farmingdale State (5)
SLIAC Tournament Westminster (MO) and Fontbonne (5)
SAA Tournament Centre (KY) (3)
SCIAC Tournament Claremont–Mudd–Scripps (6)
SCAC Tournament Trinity (TX) (6)
SUNYAC Tournament Buffalo State (15)
UAA No tournament
UMAC Tournament Northwestern–St. Paul (11)
USA South Tournament Christopher Newport (15)
WIAC Tournament Wisconsin–Stevens Point (9)

Summary[edit]

NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship
Year Finals Site Championship Game Semifinalists Tournament MOP
(University)
Winner Score Runner-up
1975 Reading, Pennsylvania LeMoyne–Owen 57–54 Glassboro State Augustana (IL)
Brockport
Bob Newman
(LeMoyne–Owen)
1976 Scranton 60–57
(OT)
Wittenberg Augustana (IL)
Plattsburgh State
Jack Maher
(Scranton)
1977 Rock Island, Illinois Wittenberg 79–66 Oneonta State Scranton
Hamline
Rick White
(Wittenberg)
1978 North Park 69–57 Widener Albion
Stony Brook
Michael Harper
(North Park)
1979 North Park (2) 66–62 SUNY Potsdam Franklin & Marshall
Centre
Michael Harper
(North Park)
1980 North Park (3) 83–76 Upsala Wittenberg
Longwood
Michael Thomas
(North Park)
1981 Potsdam State 67–65
(OT)
Augustana (IL) Ursinus
Otterbein
Maxwell Artis
(Augustana–IL)
1982 Grand Rapids, Michigan Wabash 83–62 Potsdam State Brooklyn
Stanislaus State
Pete Metzelaars
(Wabash)
1983 Scranton (2) 64–63 Wittenberg Roanoke
Wisconsin–Whitewater
Bill Bessoir
(Scranton)
1984 Wisconsin–Whitewater 103–86 Clark (MA) DePauw
Upsala
Andre McKoy
(Wisconsin–Whitewater)
1985 North Park (4) 72–71 Potsdam State Nebraska Wesleyan
Widener
Earnest Hubbard
(North Park)
1986 Potsdam State (2) 76–73 LeMoyne–Owen Nebraska Wesleyan
New Jersey City
Roosevelt Bullock
(Potsdam State)
1987 North Park (5) 106–100 Clark (MA) Wittenberg
Richard Stockton
Michael Starks
(North Park)
1988 Ohio Wesleyan 92–70 Scranton Nebraska Wesleyan
Hartwick
Scott Tedder
(Ohio Wesleyan)
1989 Springfield, Ohio Wisconsin–Whitewater (2) 94–86 Trenton State Southern Maine
Centre
Greg Grant
(Trenton State)
1990 Rochester 43–42 DePauw Washington College
Calvin
Chris Fite
(Rochester)
1991 Wisconsin–Platteville 81–74 Franklin & Marshall Otterbein
Ramapo
Shawn Frison
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
1992 Calvin 62–49 Rochester Wisconsin–Platteville
New Jersey City
Steve Honderd
(Calvin)
1993 Buffalo, New York Ohio Northern 71–68 Augustana (IL) Rowan
UMass–Dartmouth
Kirk Anderson
(Augustana–IL)
1994 Lebanon Valley 66–59
(OT)
NYU Wittenberg
St. Thomas (MN)
Mike Rhoades/Adam Crawford
(Lebanon Valley/NYU)
1995 Wisconsin–Platteville (2) 69–55 Manchester (IN) Rowan
Trinity (CT)
Ernie Peavy
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
1996 Salem, Virginia Rowan 100–93 Hope Illinois Wesleyan
Franklin & Marshall
Terrence Stewart
(Rowan)
1997 Illinois Wesleyan 89–86 Nebraska Wesleyan Williams
Alvernia
Bryan Crabtree
(Illinois Wesleyan)
1998 Wisconsin–Platteville (3) 69–56 Hope Williams
Wilkes
Ben Hoffmann
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
1999 Wisconsin–Platteville (4) 76–75
(2OT)
Hampden–Sydney Connecticut College
William Paterson
Merrill Brunson
(Wisconsin–Platteville)
2000 Calvin (2) 79–74 Wisconsin–Eau Claire Salem State
Franklin & Marshall
Sherm Carstensen
(Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
2001 Catholic 76–62 William Paterson Illinois Wesleyan
Ohio Northern
Pat Maloney
(Catholic)
2002 Otterbein 102–83 Elizabethtown Carthage
Rochester
Jeff Gibbs
(Otterbein)
2003 Williams 67–65 Gustavus Adolphus Wooster
Hampden–Sydney
Benjamin Coffin
(Williams)
2004[4] Wisconsin–Stevens Point 84–82 Williams John Carroll
Amherst
Nick Bennett
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2005 Wisconsin–Stevens Point (2) 73–49 Rochester Calvin
York (PA)
Jason Kalsow
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2006 Virginia Wesleyan 59–56[5] Wittenberg Illinois Wesleyan
Amherst
Ton Ton Balenga
(Virginia Wesleyan)
2007 Amherst 80–67[6] Virginia Wesleyan Washington–St. Louis
Wooster
Andrew Olson
(Amherst)
2008 Washington–St. Louis 90–68 Amherst Hope
Ursinus
Troy Ruths
(Washington–St. Louis)
2009 Washington–St. Louis (2) 61–52[7] Richard Stockton Guilford
Franklin & Marshall
Sean Wallis
(Washington–St. Louis)
2010 Wisconsin–Stevens Point (3) 78–73[8] Williams Guilford
Randolph–Macon
Matt Moses
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2011 St. Thomas (MN) 78–54[9] Wooster Middlebury
Williams
Tyler Nicolai
(St. Thomas–MN)
2012 Wisconsin–Whitewater (3) 63–60[10] Cabrini Illinois Wesleyan
MIT
Chris Davis
(Wisconsin–Whitewater)
2013 Atlanta, Georgia[a] Amherst (2) 87–70[11] Mary Hardin–Baylor St. Thomas (MN)
North Central (IL)
Allen Williamson
(Amherst)
2014 Salem, Virginia Wisconsin–Whitewater (4) 75–73[12] Williams Amherst
Illinois Wesleyan
K. J. Evans
(Wisconsin–Whitewater)
2015 Wisconsin–Stevens Point (4) 70–54 Augustana (IL) Babson
Virginia Wesleyan
Austin Ryf
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2016 St. Thomas (MN) (2) 82–76 Benedictine Christopher Newport
Amherst
Taylor Montero
(St. Thomas-MN)
2017 Babson 79–78 Augustana (IL) Whitman
Williams
Joey Flannery
(Babson)
2018 Nebraska Wesleyan 78–72 Wisconsin–Oshkosh Ramapo
Springfield
Cooper Cook
(Nebraska Wesleyan)
2019 Fort Wayne, Indiana Wisconsin-Oshkosh 96–82 Swarthmore Christopher Newport
Wheaton (IL)
Jack Flynn
Wisconsin–Oshkosh
2020 Atlanta, Georgia[b] Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Fort Wayne, Indiana
2022
Notes
  1. ^ Only the championship game was played in Atlanta. The semifinals were played at the then-traditional site of the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.
  2. ^ Only the championship game would have been played in Atlanta. The semifinals would have been played at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Locations[edit]

Championships, by team[edit]

Schools in italics no longer compete in NCAA Division III.

School Titles Years
North Park 5 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1987
Wisconsin–Stevens Point 4 2004, 2005, 2010, 2015
Wisconsin–Whitewater 1984, 1989, 2012, 2014
Wisconsin–Platteville 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999
St. Thomas (MN) 2 2011, 2016
Amherst 2007, 2013
Calvin 1992, 2000
Potsdam State 1981, 1986
Scranton 1976, 1983
Washington (MO) 2008, 2009
Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1 2019
Nebraska Wesleyan 2018
Babson 2017
Virginia Wesleyan 2006
Williams 2003
Otterbein 2002
Catholic 2001
Illinois Wesleyan 1997
Rowan 1996
Lebanon Valley 1994
Ohio Northern 1993
Rochester 1990
Ohio Wesleyan 1988
Wabash 1982
Wittenberg 1977
LeMoyne–Owen 1975

Appearances, by team[edit]

  • Programs with more than 20 appearances in the Division III tournament:
Bids School Conference First Bid Most Recent
29 Wittenberg NCAC 1975 2019
28 Scranton Landmark 1975 2017
28 Wooster NCAC 1978 2019
27 Hope MIAA 1982 2018
25 Franklin & Marshall Centennial 1975 2018
25 Illinois Wesleyan CCIW 1984 2018
25 Salem State MASCAC 1980 2019
23 Christopher Newport C2C 1986 2019
21 Calvin MIAA 1980 2017
21 Washington–St. Louis UAA 1987 2018
21 Wisconsin–Whitewater WIAC 1983 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Success paves way for 75th celebration" (Press release). NCAA. May 10, 2012. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  2. ^ "Preliminary round sites announced for 2014, 2015 NCAA tournaments". NCAA. December 16, 2012. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Combined championships for NCAA basketball planned" (Press release). NCAA. April 24, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Kalsow comes through for Pointers - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  5. ^ Balenga leads Virginia Wesleyan to title - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  6. ^ Amherst notches first D-III basketball championship - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  7. ^ Washington University repeats as Division-III champion - ESPN
  8. ^ Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers rally to beat Williams College for DIII title - ESPN
  9. ^ St. Thomas pounds Wooster for NCAA Division III men's title - ESPN
  10. ^ Wisconsin-Whitewater wins D-III men's hoops crown - ESPN
  11. ^ 'Willy stuff' helps Amherst to Division III national title
  12. ^ "It's a family tradition at Whitewater; KJ Evans earns MOP, follows in uncle's footsteps". NCAA. NCAA.com. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  13. ^ "Division III Men's Basketball Championship" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved March 19, 2017.