NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

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NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament
NCAA logo.svg
Sport Basketball
Founded 1957
No. of teams 64
Country NCAA Division II (USA)
Most recent
Northwest Missouri St. (1)
Official website

The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship is an annual championship tournament for colleges and universities that are members of NCAA Division II, a grouping of schools in the United States (plus one school in Canada) that are generally smaller than the higher-profile institutions of Division I. The tournament, originally known as the NCAA College Division Basketball Championship, was established in 1957, immediately after the NCAA subdivided its member schools into the University Division (today's Division I) and College Division. It became the Division II championship in 1974, when the NCAA split the College Division into the limited-scholarship Division II and the non-scholarship Division III, and added the "Men's" designation in 1982 when the NCAA began sponsoring a Division II women's championship.

Like all other NCAA basketball divisions for men and women, the champion is decided in a single-elimination tournament. The Division II tournament has 64 teams. The Division II tournaments for men and women differ in a major respect from those in Divisions I and III. The finals of both Division II tournaments consist of eight teams, instead of the four in the other two divisions. The eight survivors of regional play meet in the Elite Eight at a predetermined site.


As of 2017, a total of 64 bids are available for each tournament: 24 automatic bids (awarded to the champions of the twenty-two Division II conferences) and 40 at-large bids.

The sixty-four bids are allocated evenly among the eight NCAA-designated regions (Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast, and West), each of which contains three of the twenty-four Division II conferences that sponsor men's basketball. Each region consists of three automatic qualifiers (the teams who won their respective conference tournaments) and five at-large bids (which are awarded regardless of conference affiliation).

Conference tournaments[edit]

Region Conference Tournament Current Champion (2017)
Atlantic CIAA CIAA Men's Basketball Tournament Bowie State
Mountain East Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament West Liberty
PSAC PSAC Men's Basketball Tournament Shippensburg
Central Great American Great American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament East Central
MIAA MIAA Men's Basketball Tournament Northwest Missouri State
NSIC Northern Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Southwest Minnesota State
East CACC Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bloomfield
East Coast East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament St. Thomas Aquinas
Northeast-10 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Saint Anselm
Midwest GLIAC GLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Ferris State
GLVC Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bellarmine
G-MAC Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Kentucky Wesleyan
South Gulf South Gulf South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Alabama–Huntsville
SIAC SIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Clark Atlanta
Sunshine State Sunshine State Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Rollins
South Central Heartland Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Arkansas-Fort Smith
Lone Star Lone Star Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Texas–Permian Basin
RMAC RMAC Men's Basketball Shootout Colorado Mines
Southeast Carolinas Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Tournament Limestone
Peach Belt Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament UNC Pembroke
SAC South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Queens (NC)
West CCAA CCAA Men's Basketball Tournament UC San Diego
GNAC Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Western Washington
Pacific West Pacific West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Hawaii Pacific


NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship
Year Finals Site Host Arena Championship Game Tournament MVP/MOP Ref
Winner Score Runner-up
1957 Evansville, IN Roberts Municipal Stadium Wheaton 89–65 Kentucky Wesleyan Mel Peterson
1958 South Dakota 75–53 St. Michael's Ed Smallwood
1959 Evansville 83–67 Southwest Missouri State Hugh Ahlering
1960 Evansville
90–69 Chapman Ed Smallwood
1961 Wittenberg 42–38 Southeast Missouri State Don Jacobson
(South Dakota State)
1962 Mount St. Mary's 58–57
Sacramento State Ron Rohrer
(Sacramento State)
1963 South Dakota State 44–42 Wittenberg Wayne Rasmussen
(South Dakota State)
1964 Evansville
72–59 Akron Jerry Sloan
1965 Evansville
Southern Illinois Jerry Sloan
1966 Kentucky Wesleyan 54–51 Southern Illinois Sam Smith
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1967 Winston-Salem State 77–74 Southwest Missouri State Earl Monroe
(Winston-Salem State)
1968 Kentucky Wesleyan
63–52 Indiana State Jerry Newsom
(Indiana State)
1969 Kentucky Wesleyan
75–71 Southwest Missouri State George Tinsley
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1970 Philadelphia Textile 76–65 Tennessee State Ted McClain
(Tennessee State)
1971 Evansville
97–82 Old Dominion Don Buse
1972 Roanoke 84–72 Akron Hal Johnston
1973 Kentucky Wesleyan
78–76 Tennessee State Mike Williams
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1974 Morgan State 67–52 Southwest Missouri State Marvin Webster
(Morgan State)
1975 Old Dominion 76–74 New Orleans Wilson Washington
(Old Dominion)
1976 Puget Sound 83–74 Chattanooga Curt Peterson
(Puget Sound)
1977 Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center Chattanooga 71–62 Randolph-Macon Wayne Golden
1978 Springfield, MO Hammons Student Center Cheyney State 47–40 Wisconsin–Green Bay Andrew Fields
1979 North Alabama 64–50 Wisconsin-Green Bay Perry Oden
(North Alabama)
1980 Springfield, MA Springfield Civic Center Virginia Union 80–74 New York Tech Keith Valentine
(Virginia Union)
1981 Florida Southern 73–68 Mount St. Mary's John Ebeling
(Florida Southern)
1982 District of Columbia 73–63 Florida Southern Michael Britt
(District of Columbia)
1983 Wright State 92–73 District of Columbia Gary Monroe
(Wright State)
1984 Central Missouri State 81–77 St. Augustine's Ron Nunnelly
(Central Missouri)
1985 Jacksonville State 74–73 South Dakota State Mark Tetzlaff
(South Dakota State)
1986 Sacred Heart 93–87 Southeast Missouri State Roger Younger
(Sacred Heart)
1987 Kentucky Wesleyan
92–74 Gannon Sam Smith
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1988 Lowell 75–72 Alaska–Anchorage Leo Parent
1989 North Carolina Central 73–46 Southeast Missouri State Miles Clarke
(North Carolina Central)
1990 Kentucky Wesleyan
93–79 CSU Bakersfield Wade Green
(CSU Bakersfield)
1991 North Alabama
79–72 Bridgeport Lambert Shell
1992 Virginia Union
100–75 Bridgeport Derrick Johnson
(Virginia Union)
1993 CSU Bakersfield 85–72 Troy State Tyrone Davis
(CSU Bakersfield)
1994 CSU Bakersfield
92–86 Southern Indiana Stan Gouard
(Southern Indiana)
1995 Louisville, KY Commonwealth Convention Center Southern Indiana 71–63 UC Riverside William Wilson
(UC Riverside)
1996 Fort Hays State 70–63 Northern Kentucky Sherick Simpson
(Fort Hays State)
1997 CSU Bakersfield
57–56 Northern Kentucky Kebu Stewart
(CSU Bakersfield)
1998 UC Davis 83–77 Kentucky Wesleyan Antonio Garcia
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
1999 Kentucky Wesleyan
75–60 Metro State Antonio Garcia
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
2000 Metro State 97–79 Kentucky Wesleyan DeMarcos Anzures
(Metro State)
2001 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena Kentucky Wesleyan
72–63 Washburn Lorio Duncan
(Kentucky Wesleyan)
2002 Evansville, IN Roberts Municipal Stadium Metro State
80–72 Kentucky Wesleyan Patrick Mutombo
(Metro State)
2003 Lakeland, FL Lakeland Center Northeastern State 75–64 Kentucky Wesleyan[n 1] Darnell Hinson
(Northeastern State)
2004 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena Kennesaw State 84–59 Southern Indiana Terrence Hill
(Kennesaw State)
2005 Grand Forks, ND Ralph Engelstad Arena Virginia Union
63–58 Bryant Antwan Walton
(Virginia Union)
2006 Springfield, MA MassMutual Center Winona State 73–61 Virginia Union John Smith
(Winona State)
2007 Barton 77–75 Winona State Anthony Atkinson
2008 Winona State
87–76 Augusta State Jonte Flowers
(Winona State)
2009 Findlay 56–53
Cal Poly Pomona Josh Bostic
2010 Cal Poly Pomona 65–53 Indiana (PA) Austin Swift
(Cal Poly Pomona)
2011 Bellarmine 71–68 BYU–Hawaii Jet Chang
2012 Highland Heights, KY The Bank of Kentucky Center Western Washington 72–65 Montevallo D.J. Rivera
2013 Atlanta, GA[n 2] Philips Arena Drury 74–73 Metro State Alex Hall
2014 Evansville, IN Ford Center Central Missouri
84–77 West Liberty Daylen Robinson
(Central Missouri)
2015 Florida Southern
77–62 Indiana (PA) Kevin Capers
(Florida Southern)
2016 Frisco, TX Dr Pepper Arena Augustana (SD) 90–81 Lincoln Memorial Alex Richter
(Augustana (SD))
2017 Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Pentagon NW Missouri State 71–61 Fairmont State Justin Pitts
(NW Missouri State)
  1. ^ Kentucky Wesleyan subsequently forfeited its 2003 runner-up status after it was revealed they had let two ineligible transfer players play.[1]
  2. ^ Philips Arena in Atlanta was the site of the championship game only. The rest of the Elite Eight was played at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

Records and statistics[edit]

Championships by school[edit]

School Titles Years
Kentucky Wesleyan 8 1966 • 1968 • 1969 • 1973 • 1987 • 1990 • 1999 • 2001
Evansville 5 1959 • 1960 • 1964 • 1965 • 1971
Virginia Union 3 1980 • 1992 • 2005
Cal State Bakersfield 3 1993 • 1994 • 1997
Florida Southern 2 1981 • 2015
Central Missouri 2 1984 • 2014
Winona State 2 2006 • 2008
Metropolitan State 2 2000 • 2002
North Alabama 2 1979 • 1991
NW Missouri State 1 2017
Augustana (SD) 1 2016
Drury 1 2013
Western Washington 1 2012
Bellarmine 1 2011
Cal Poly Pomona 1 2010
Findlay 1 2009
Barton 1 2007
Kennesaw State 1 2004
Northeastern State 1 2003
UC Davis 1 1998
Fort Hays State 1 1996
Southern Indiana 1 1995
North Carolina Central 1 1989
UMass Lowell [a 1] 1 1988
Sacred Heart 1 1986
Jacksonville State 1 1985
Wright State 1 1983
District of Columbia 1 1982
Cheyney 1 1978
Chattanooga [a 2] 1 1977
Puget Sound 1 1976
Old Dominion 1 1975
Morgan State 1 1974
Roanoke 1 1972
Philadelphia [a 3] 1 1970
Winston-Salem State 1 1967
South Dakota State 1 1963
Mount Saint Mary's 1 1962
Wittenberg 1 1961
South Dakota 1 1958
Wheaton 1 1957
  1. ^ Championship won as Lowell.
  2. ^ Championship won as Tennessee–Chattanooga.
  3. ^ Championship won as Philadelphia Textile.

Team appearances[edit]

Former Division II Champions now in Division I[edit]

Source: [8]

School Championship(s) Year moved Current Conference
South Dakota 1958 2006 The Summit League
Evansville 1959 • 1960 • 1964 • 1965 • 1971 1978 Missouri Valley Conference
Mount St. Mary's 1962 1989 Northeast Conference
South Dakota State 1963 2005 The Summit League
Morgan State 1974 1985 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Old Dominion 1975 1977 Conference USA
Chattanooga 1977 1978 Southern Conference
Wright State 1983 1988 Horizon League
Jacksonville State 1985 1996 Ohio Valley Conference
Sacred Heart 1986 1999 Northeast Conference
UMass Lowell 1988 2013 America East Conference
North Carolina Central 1989 2008 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
CSU Bakersfield 1993 • 1994 • 1997 2007 Western Athletic Conference
UC Davis 1998 2004 Big West Conference
Kennesaw State 2004 2006 Atlantic Sun Conference


CBS Sports holds rights to the semi-final and final rounds of the Division II tournament, with the semi-final games broadcast on CBS Sports Network and the final on CBS (covered as part of the NCAA March Madness package). In 2015, CBS Sports reached a long-term deal to continue broadcasting the Division II men's semi-final on CBS Sports Network through 2024.[9]

See also[edit]