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
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No. of teams64
CountryNCAA Division III (USA)
Most recent
Randolph-Macon (2022; 1st title)
TV partner(s)CBS Sports Network

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 has been held annually from 1975 to 2019 & since 2022, but not played in 2020 and 2021 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. From 2017 to 2020 & since 2022, the tournament has been a 64-team single-elimination tournament, with teams advancing from four sectionals 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 abandon the tournament after the second round, 16 teams remaining.[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. Of teams and conferences that played, D3Hoops' top two ranked teams, No. 1 Randolph-Macon College and No. 2 Trine University, opted to play a self-organised mythical national championship game. Randolph-Macon won, 69-55.[4]

Randolph-Macon is the most recent national champion, beating Elmhurst College 75-45 to win the 2022 championship.


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 current 2021–22 basketball season, no longer members of that specific conference.

Conference Tournament Most titles Current champion (2022)
Allegheny Mountain Tournament Medaille & Penn State Behrend (6) Medaille (6th)
American Rivers Tournament Buena Vista (7) Dubuque (4th)
American Southwest Tournament Mississippi College (5) Mary Hardin–Baylor (3rd)
Atlantic East Tournament Gwynedd Mercy and Wesley (DE) (1) Neumann (1st)
Centennial Tournament Franklin & Marshall (8) Johns Hopkins
CUNYAC Tournament Staten Island (15) Baruch (4th)
Coast to Coast (C2C) Tournament Catholic (7) Christopher Newport (4th)
CCIW Tournament Augustana (6) Elmhurst (2nd)
Colonial States Tournament Cabrini (13) Wilson (PA) (1st)
Commonwealth Coast Tournament Endicott (7) Nichols (5th)
Empire 8 Tournament St. John Fisher (7) Nazareth (4th)
Great Northeast Tournament Albertus Magnus (8) Saint Joseph (CT) (2nd)
Heartland Tournament Franklin & Hanover (6) Franklin (6th)
Landmark Tournament Scranton (7) Susquehanna (2nd)
Liberty Tournament Skidmore (5) Vassar (1st)
Little East Tournament UMass Dartmouth (12) Keene State (5th)
MASCAC Tournament Salem State (18) Westfield State (3rd)
Michigan Tournament Hope (13) Hope (13th)
MAC Commonwealth Tournaments Scranton (16) Hood (1st)
MAC Freedom Stevens (2nd)
Midwest Tournament Ripon (8) Cornell College (2nd)
Minnesota Tournament St. Thomas (9) Saint John's (4th)
NECC Tournament Elms (4) Mitchell (3rd)
NESCAC Tournament Amherst (8) Wesleyan (2nd)
NEWMAC Tournament MIT (6) WPI (4th)
NJAC Tournament Stockton (6) Stockton (6th)
North Atlantic Championship Husson (7) Husson (8th)
NCAC Tournament Wooster (16th) Wabash (1st)
NACC Tournament Aurora (5) Marian (2nd)
Northwest Tournament Whitworth (14) Whitworth (14th)
Ohio Tournament Wittenberg (14) Marietta (5th)
ODAC Tournament Hampden–Sydney and Roanoke (10) Randolph–Macon (9th)
Presidents Tournament Bethany (6) Washington & Jefferson (1st)
Skyline Tournament Farmingdale State (5) Yeshiva (3rd)
SLIAC Tournament Blackburn, Westminster (MO), and Fontbonne (5) Blackburn (5th)
SAA Tournament Berry and Centre (KY) (3) Berry (3rd)
SCIAC Tournament Claremont–Mudd–Scripps (6) Pomona–Pitzer (4th)
SCAC Tournament Trinity (TX) (6) St. Thomas (TX) (2nd)
SUNYAC Tournament Buffalo State (15) Oswego (5th)
United East Championship Morrisville State (5) Penn State Harrisburg (2nd)
UAA No tournament
UMAC Tournament Northwestern–St. Paul (13) Northwestern–St. Paul (13th)
USA South Tournament Christopher Newport (15) Averett (5th)
WIAC Tournament Wisconsin–Stevens Point (9) Wisconsin–Oshkosh (5th)


NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship
Year Finals Site Championship Game Semifinalists Tournament MOP
Winner Score Runner-up
1975 Reading, Pennsylvania LeMoyne–Owen 57–54 Glassboro State Augustana (IL)
Bob Newman
1976 Scranton 60–57
Wittenberg Augustana (IL)
Plattsburgh State
Jack Maher
1977 Rock Island, Illinois Wittenberg 79–66 Oneonta State Scranton
Rick White
1978 North Park 69–57 Widener Albion
Stony Brook
Michael Harper
(North Park)
1979 North Park (2) 66–62 SUNY Potsdam Franklin & Marshall
Michael Harper
(North Park)
1980 North Park (3) 83–76 Upsala Wittenberg
Michael Thomas
(North Park)
1981 Potsdam State 67–65
Augustana (IL) Ursinus
Maxwell Artis
1982 Grand Rapids, Michigan Wabash 83–62 Potsdam State Brooklyn
Stanislaus State
Pete Metzelaars
1983 Scranton (2) 64–63 Wittenberg Roanoke
Bill Bessoir
1984 Wisconsin–Whitewater 103–86 Clark (MA) DePauw
Andre McKoy
1985 North Park (4) 72–71 Potsdam State Nebraska Wesleyan
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
Scott Tedder
(Ohio Wesleyan)
1989 Springfield, Ohio Wisconsin–Whitewater (2) 94–86 Trenton State Southern Maine
Greg Grant
(Trenton State)
1990 Rochester 43–42 DePauw Washington College
Chris Fite
1991 Wisconsin–Platteville 81–74 Franklin & Marshall Otterbein
Shawn Frison
1992 Calvin 62–49 Rochester Wisconsin–Platteville
New Jersey City
Steve Honderd
1993 Buffalo, New York Ohio Northern 71–68 Augustana (IL) Rowan
Kirk Anderson
1994 Lebanon Valley 66–59
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
1996 Salem, Virginia Rowan 100–93 Hope Illinois Wesleyan
Franklin & Marshall
Terrence Stewart
1997 Illinois Wesleyan 89–86 Nebraska Wesleyan Williams
Bryan Crabtree
(Illinois Wesleyan)
1998 Wisconsin–Platteville (3) 69–56 Hope Williams
Ben Hoffmann
1999 Wisconsin–Platteville (4) 76–75
Hampden–Sydney Connecticut College
William Paterson
Merrill Brunson
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
2002 Otterbein 102–83 Elizabethtown Carthage
Jeff Gibbs
2003 Williams 67–65 Gustavus Adolphus Wooster
Benjamin Coffin
2004[5] Wisconsin–Stevens Point 84–82 Williams John Carroll
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[6] Wittenberg Illinois Wesleyan
Ton Ton Balenga
(Virginia Wesleyan)
2007 Amherst 80–67[7] Virginia Wesleyan Washington–St. Louis
Andrew Olson
2008 Washington–St. Louis 90–68 Amherst Hope
Troy Ruths
(Washington–St. Louis)
2009 Washington–St. Louis (2) 61–52[8] Richard Stockton Guilford
Franklin & Marshall
Sean Wallis
(Washington–St. Louis)
2010 Wisconsin–Stevens Point (3) 78–73[9] Williams Guilford
Matt Moses
(Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
2011 St. Thomas (MN) 78–54[10] Wooster Middlebury
Tyler Nicolai
(St. Thomas–MN)
2012 Wisconsin–Whitewater (3) 63–60[11] Cabrini Illinois Wesleyan
Chris Davis
2013 Atlanta, Georgia[a] Amherst (2) 87–70[12] Mary Hardin–Baylor St. Thomas (MN)
North Central (IL)
Allen Williamson
2014 Salem, Virginia Wisconsin–Whitewater (4) 75–73[13] Williams Amherst
Illinois Wesleyan
K. J. Evans
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
Taylor Montero
(St. Thomas-MN)
2017 Babson 79–78 Augustana (IL) Whitman
Joey Flannery
2018 Nebraska Wesleyan 78–72 Wisconsin–Oshkosh Ramapo
Cooper Cook
(Nebraska Wesleyan)
2019 Fort Wayne, Indiana Wisconsin-Oshkosh 96–82 Swarthmore Christopher Newport
Wheaton (IL)
Jack Flynn
2020 Atlanta, Georgia[b] Abandoned after second round due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Fort Wayne, Indiana Not held because insufficient number of Division III schools played a season because of pandemic. A bowl-game style championship was organised by top two teams in polls Randolph-Macon defeated Trine, 69-55, on campus in Ashland, VA.[14]
2022 Randolph-Macon 75–45 Elmhurst Marietta
Buzz Anthony
  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.


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
Randolph-Macon 1 2022
Wisconsin-Oshkosh 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
30 Wittenberg NCAC 1975 2020
29 Hope MIAA 1982 2022
28 Scranton Landmark 1975 2017
28 Wooster NCAC 1978 2019
25 Franklin & Marshall Centennial 1975 2018
25 Illinois Wesleyan CCIW 1984 2018
25 Salem State MASCAC 1980 2019
23 Christopher Newport C2C 1986 2019
22 Calvin MIAA 1980 2022
21 Washington–St. Louis UAA 1987 2018
21 Wisconsin–Whitewater WIAC 1983 2017

See also[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. ^ "EDITORIAL: Randolph-Macon wins mythical national title". (Fredricksburg) Free Lance-Star.
  5. ^ Kalsow comes through for Pointers - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  6. ^ Balenga leads Virginia Wesleyan to title - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  7. ^ Amherst notches first D-III basketball championship - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  8. ^ Washington University repeats as Division-III champion - ESPN
  9. ^ Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers rally to beat Williams College for DIII title - ESPN
  10. ^ St. Thomas pounds Wooster for NCAA Division III men's title - ESPN
  11. ^ Wisconsin-Whitewater wins D-III men's hoops crown - ESPN
  12. ^ 'Willy stuff' helps Amherst to Division III national title
  13. ^ "It's a family tradition at Whitewater; KJ Evans earns MOP, follows in uncle's footsteps". NCAA. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  14. ^ "Randolph-Macon runs out to win in showdown". Presto Sports. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  15. ^ "Division III Men's Basketball Championship" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved March 19, 2017.[dead link]
  16. ^ "DIVISION III MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORDS BOOK" (PDF). NCAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2021.

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